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  • Rose sentenced for burglary, protective order violation

    INDEPENDENCE — David Christopher Rose was sentenced to serve two years in prison on March 8, after being found guilty of grand larceny, burglary and violation of a protective order last month.

    Rose was charged with other offenses, including arson, in April 2017 after police investigated a fire at an apartment above the former Ogle’s Deli in Independence. The apartment was rented by his estranged wife, Samantha Gray.

  • Chamber brings members 'together to prosper'

    Staff Report

    The Twin County Chamber of Commerce has announced a new logo design and motto for the regional organization.

    In mid-2017, the executive board began an initiative to re-brand and launch a new identity for the chamber in 2018, according to a news release.

    The initiative was led by a newly formed marketing and communication committee of seven members of the executive board. The design was led by Brazzell Marketing Agency of Woodlawn.

  • Gas drive-off leads to 90 mph chase, crash

    By LARRY CHAMBERS and SHANNON WATKINS, Staff

    A Galax woman faces 23 charges stemming from a high-speed chase that began in Carroll County last Friday morning and ended in Grayson County.

    According to Senior Trooper Bryan Phipps of the Virginia State Police, a car drove off without paying $10 for gas at Country Convenience near Fries in Carroll County, shortly after 8 a.m.

  • Grayson facing school budget challenges

    INDEPENDENCE — Lack of funding from multiple resources will result in a tight budget this year for the Grayson County School Board, but it is already planning ahead for more improvements in the upcoming fiscal year.

  • Meth found in popcorn box leads to arrest

    ROANOKE — A Hillsville man faces 40 years in federal prison and up to a $5 million fine after probation officers found methamphetamine hidden inside a microwave popcorn box in his home.

    According to documents on file in U.S. District Court in Roanoke, Keith Joseph Snyder, 37, was already on probation at the time for a previous federal drug trafficking conviction.

  • Bid For A Cure auction set for March 17

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The 17th annual Bid for a Cure charity auction will be held on March 17 in the Grayson County High School auditorium in Independence.

    For more than 20 years, the local Bid for a Cure event has raised funds to help researchers and doctors as they develop more and better treatments and gain ground in their race for a cure for cystic fibrosis, a genetic condition that can impede breathing and normal physical growth.

  • Rescue squad requests help to match ambulance grant

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Rescue Squad is raising money to provide a grant match for the purchase of new ambulance.

    The squad was recently awarded a partial grant from the Virginia Office of Emergency Services’ Rescue Squad Assistance Fund. According to Captain Robby Wingate, the award will allow the rescue squad to replace the oldest of their three ambulances, a 1993 model. The last ambulance purchase for the squad was made in 2007.

    The grant requires a 20 percent match from the rescue squad, which totals $43,000.

  • Accidents on 89 delay traffic

    Two tractor-trailer accidents on Route 89 in North Carolina have partially blocked the road and delayed traffic.

    According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, one involves property damage but no known injury, and was reported at 8:54 a.m.

    There is no information yet available regarding the second accident, which appears to involve a car trapped under a tractor-trailer’s payload.

    More information will be posted as it becomes available.

  • Chase reaches 120 mph, ends in crash

    HILLSVILLE– A high-speed pursuit on March 6 around 2:45 p.m. led to an arrest by Hillsville Police Department, after a driver tried to elude law enforcement, eventually crashing along Interstate 77.

    According to a report by HPD Capt. Shannon Goad, the driver; Dennis Lee Waiters Jr. of Charlotte, N.C., was traveling at nearly 90 mph in the northbound lanes of I-77 around Exit 14 in Hillsville when Officer David Johnson detected the offense while running stationary radar.

  • 'Zombie outbreak' teaches crisis skills

    HILLSVILLE – A mutated strain of the Zika virus is causing the infected to exhibit zombie-like behavior, and it’s up to a team of middle school students to handle the outbreak.

    It’s not the plot of a movie; it’s the scenario presented to students at Carroll County Middle School, as they participated in a project that demonstrated all the effort and hard work that it takes to deal with public safety and combat severe or dangerous situations.