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  • Officer injured in domestic assault arrest

    A Galax man is charged with assaulting a police officer after an altercation Thursday in which Galax Officer Tyler Houk suffered a broken bone in his leg.

    Charged is Clifford Jackson Parsons, 36, whom police said allegedly resisted while being taken into custody as he was being placed into a police vehicle.

    Police said Houk was injured in the altercation and transported to Twin County Regional Hospital by Galax-Grayson EMS, where it was discovered he had suffered a broken leg.

  • Program promotes worker wellness

    Employee medical emergencies and illness always have a negative impact on businesses — lost time, absent workers, cost of treatment — but what can employers do to help minimize or prevent medical and healthcare problems?

    At the Twin County Regional Chamber Breakfast on Sept. 9, hosted by Twin County Regional Healthcare, it appears that the answer is quite a bit, in the form of WellnessWorks, a complimentary employee health program offered by TCRH.

  • IDA seeks Woodlawn School proposals

    WOODLAWN – The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) has voted to seek proposals for the future use of the closed Woodlawn School.

    At the Sept. 9 meeting, after considerable discussion, IDA member Larry Chambers made the motion to issue a request for proposals for the re-development of the property, with the exclusion of the gymnasium and the ball fields. The vote was unanimous.

    The request for proposals will be published in local and daily newspapers that serve the area. No date has been set as to when proposals will be due.

  • Teen struck by car remains in coma

    Trinity Williams, a Galax teen who was struck by a vehicle on Virginia 94 (Scenic Road) in Fries on Sept. 27, was still in critical condition at Roanoke’s Carilion Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, after surgery was performed to counter the damage she sustained in the accident.

    “Things don’t look good right now. The doctors have dropped Trinity’s survival rate to 5 percent,” said Cheyenne Williams, Trinity’s sister, in an update on their fundraiser site, Prayers for Trinity, on Tuesday.

  • Voter registration deadline is Oct. 14

    Oct. 14 is deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election.

    Virginians may apply to register to vote at a local registrar’s office or online at www.elections.virginia.gov. Or, customers may apply to register at Department of Motor Vehicles customer service offices.

    To apply online, eligible citizens must provide their Virginia DMV customer identifier number, displayed on DMV issued identification cards or driver’s licenses.

  • AEP offers help with Wildwood marketing

    A utility company and a consulting firm recently outlined how Wildwood Commerce Park can better qualify for prospective companies to locate there with site certification.

    Site certification is the sometimes complicated process of helping companies decide where to build. According to the presentation Sept. 17 at the Crossroads Institute in Galax, the decision-making process can include everything from what basic utilities each site offers to their regional placement and available workforce.

  • Tourism spending on the rise in Virginia

    Is Galax — “Virginia’s Best Pick” — living up to its motto?

    According to the United States Travel Association (USTA), who released data to the Virginia Tourism Corporation, it certainly looks that way.

    According to the USTA’s data, every region in Virginia posted an increase in tourism revenue last year, generating a total $21.5 billion in travel spending, supporting 213,000 jobs in Virginia and furnishing $842 million in state taxes and $581 million in local taxes.

  • Hurst named citizen of the month

    HILLSVILLE — Oren Hurst of Hillsville was honored by Town Council Member Bill Tate, who named him as September’s Citizen of the Month.

    Hurst was born in Carroll County, and has been a resident of Hillsville for 65 years. He attended Carroll County Public Schools, and graduated from Hillsville High School.

    During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in European combat forces and in occupation groups in Japan.

  • Galax teen in coma after being struck by car

    FRIES — A Galax teen was still being treated at Roanoke Memorial Hospital on Monday after being hit by a vehicle on Saturday and receiving severe injuries that resulted in a coma.

    According to a report filed by Trooper Jessie Tilson, who investigated the accident, Trinity Williams, 14, of Galax was traveling on Virginia 94 in Grayson County (Scenic Road) in a vehicle, when a piece of paper blew out of the car window. “She and her sister got out to get the paper, and they were walking back up the road with their back to traffic,” Tilson said.

  • Carroll will seek grant for new pool

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors is seeking a temporary grant writer to secure funds for a water park.

    At-Large Supervisor Sam Dickson broached the subject of hiring a grant writer at the board’s Sept. 8 meeting. “I realize that we are getting a lot of grants, but there is a possibility that things are being left out,” Dickson told the board. Specifically, he referred to the ongoing discussion about a pool and water park for the county.