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  • Carroll to name bridges after sheriffs killed in line of duty

    Two police officers were honored by having bridges named in their memory at the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ Oct. 17 meeting, pending approval from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

    The cost of plaques for the bridges will be investigated between this meeting and the next.

  • Galax school security grant pays for cameras

    Galax City Schools is receiving a grant from the Virginia Department of Education of up to $100,000, with a 25 percent funding match, according to Coordinator of Support Services Jeff Sharpe, who applied for the grant.

    He is being assisted throughout the process by the school system’s Technology Coordinator Matthew Cornett.

    The grant will be used to buy digital security cameras to replace the existing ones at Galax middle and high schools, with more cameras overall and more of them placed outside, said Sharpe.

  • Charges include abduction, child neglect, burglary

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included child neglect, drug offenses, burglary and abduction.

    Mickey Omar Moxley, 56, of Galax, was arrested on Oct. 20 by Officer Jeremiah Foutch and charged with felony burglary at night and felony abduction by force to deprive another person of liberty.

  • Agribusiness tour highlights Grayson's farming industry

    The county’s fourth Grayson Agribusiness Showcase highlighted the Providence District’s farms and natural resource-based businesses this month.

    Sponsored by the Grayson County Farm Bureau and Grayson National Bank, the tour ― which completed a series of district tours held in previous years ― was designed “to showcase the diversity and innovation of success of the agriculture and natural resource industries in the area,” according to Kevin Spurlin, agriculture and natural resources agent for Grayson County.

  • B.J. Carroll inducted into VHSL Hall of Fame

    Of all the stages B.J. Carroll has been on as an actor or behind as a director in the past three decades, it was a stage in Charlottesville last week where the spotlight finally fell most brightly on the veteran theater coach, director, teacher and mentor.

    Bettie Jo “B.J.” Carroll — the coach with the most wins in Galax High School history — was inducted into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame on Oct. 12, joined by family, friends and former students.

  • Driver hurt in Carroll crash

    A single-vehicle accident last Thursday at 9:15 a.m. on Mallory Road resulted in the driver being airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to Virginia State Trooper S.E. Kinney.

    A 2010 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Samuel H. Griggs, 27, of Galax, was traveling west on Mallory in Carroll County when his vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck a fence, went down a steep embankment, rolled once, crossed a residential driveway and came to rest at the bottom of a small hollow.

  • Galax schools focus on writing in all subjects

    Galax teachers are working together to enhance reading and writing skills by integrating writing assignments into every subject.

    Galax High School Principal Justin Iroler, accompanied by members of the English department, visited the Galax School Board meeting Oct. 11 to discuss the details of the school’s plan to boost writing improvement.

  • Hillsville man charged for guns, drugs, child porn

    HILLSVILLE – A Hillsville man faces an array of charges after an investigation involving the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

    According to a news release, the Hillsville Police Department arrested Christopher Garry Brown, 43, of John Edwards Lane, with assistance from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 13.

  • Trail work underway in Independence

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Phase II construction of the Grayson County Enhancement Trail is nearly complete, as workers continue to connect the sidewalk from Nautilus Way Road to Industrial Lane in East Independence.

    The construction crew, King General Contractors Inc., is scheduled to complete the project by Dec. 1, according to Elaine Holeton, project manager and Grayson’s director of planning and community development.

  • Galax explains new stormwater fee

    City Engineer Edwin Ward’s recent public presentation on Galax’s new stormwater ordinance and fee was lightly attended, but the meeting was informative about what it means to citizens and businesses.

    While detailed, Ward’s presentation explained simply the general need for stormwater management: “[it] is undertaken to prevent increased soil erosion damage as a result of increased and concentrated stormwater runoff from property development.”