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  • Webb to step down from city council

    Galax City Council has accepted a letter of resignation from council member Bill Webb.

    Webb was not at council’s Nov. 24 meeting and has been absent for several.

    “‘It is with deep regret that I must tender my resignation as a Galax City Council member, effective Nov. 24, 2014,’” read Mayor C.M. Mitchell. “‘I have enjoyed my time on the council and the efforts we have made over the past six years have made a difference in the lives of your citizens.’”

  • Carroll to help farmers market with credit line

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has approved a “moral obligation” agreement with Virginia Community Capital to provide a line of credit of up to $1 million for the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market.

  • Holiday Happenings Guide

    All around the Twin Counties this weekend will be Christmas celebrations, parades, visits from Santa, caroling, kids’ activities, tree lightings, fundraisers for worth causes and more holiday cheer. To plan for the busy weekend, here’s a roundup of all the events planned in Galax, Hillsville, Independence and Fries.

    INDEPENDENCE

    Tree Lighting

    Dozens are expected to pack Independence Town Park this Friday for a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and related holiday hoopla, all starting around 6 p.m.

  • Towed vehicle, road tractor collide in Carroll

    FANCY GAP — Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle accident in Fancy Gap on Nov. 22, When a tow truck carrying a road tractor struck a tractor-trailer that was attempting to turn out of a truck stop.

    According to State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser, the wreck occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m., at the entrance to the Kangaroo Express truck stop just off of Kelly Road.

  • Police chase man driving stolen tractor

    PIPERS GAP — Carroll County authorities arrested a Mount Airy, N.C., man on Nov. 29, after pursuing the suspect on a stolen tractor for several miles.

    According to a report from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a call on Saturday at approximately 12:27 p.m. reporting a stolen tractor driving down Pipers Gap Road. The tractor had been reported as stolen from a residence on Tower Road.

  • Man arrested in Cana shooting

    CANA — Carroll County authorities have arrested and charged Christopher Duncan with several offenses in the Monday shooting of a man in the Wards Gap area of Carroll County.

    According to a news release from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Christopher Lee Duncan, 38, has been charged with Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

  • Man shot in Cana, suspect flees scene

    UPDATED: Dec. 1, 11:33 p.m.

    CANA ― The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and rescue personnel rushed to the intersection of Wards Gap Road and Orchard Gap Road in Cana on Monday evening, where a suspect reportedly shot into a vehicle and injured a man.

    First responders were called to the intersection at around 4:50 p.m. Initial reports stated that a man had been shot in the abdomen with an “AK-style” rifle, and the shooter had fled the scene toward Epworth Road.

  • APCo to provide $5.8M in rebates

    RICHMOND — The State Corporation Commission on Nov. 26 agreed with Attorney General Mark Herring that Appalachian Power had overearned during 2012 and 2013 and ordered $5.825 million in rebates to customers to be distributed over the next six months, according to each customer’s usage.

    The rebates will affect more than 500,000 customers of Appalachian Power in central, southwest, and southside Virginia.

  • Prison ministry has successful first year

    INDEPENDENCE — The ministry program at River North Correctional Center appears to be working, according to the prison’s chaplain and other organizers.

    Since Christmas of 2013, the ministry reports that 51 offenders have been saved and there have been 29 baptisms. Attendance at religious programs continues to grow and is nearing 200.

    Chaplain R.B. Anderson is hopeful. “Last year, we had 23 offenders attend worship for Christmas. This year we may have 230.”

  • Police chief serving on state drug task force

    RICHMOND — The Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse held its first meeting Nov. 12, in Richmond, to recommend immediate steps to address a growing and dangerous epidemic of prescription opioid and heroin abuse in Virginia.

    In attendance was Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, who was appointed earlier this year as part of the 29-member task force. Clark is one of three municipal police chiefs across the state selected to serve.