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  • Oct. 16 is deadline to register to vote in November election

    Staff Report

    Oct. 16 is the deadline to register to vote in Virginia’s Nov. 7 general election.

    The simplest way to apply to register to vote or to update address information is to visit the Virginia Department of Elections website at elections.virginia.gov.

    To complete this online application process, eligible citizens must provide their Virginia DMV customer identifier number, displayed on DMV-issued identification cards or drivers’ licenses.

  • Chapters Bookshop wins national award

    Chapters Bookshop, located in downtown Galax, is a winner of the national 2017 Children’s Book Week Contest.

    In celebration of the 98th anniversary of Children’s Book Week, 705 libraries, schools and bookstores were invited in May to enter a national display contest around the theme of “One World, Many Stories.”

  • Suspect caught in river after pursuit

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man was recently arrested on various charges, following a vehicle pursuit that ended on foot after the driver reportedly drove through a metal gate into a river lot, according to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Jason Scott Cornett, 34, of 4721 Pleasant Grove Road in Independence, has been charged with felony DUI (third offense in less than 10 years), felony attempt to elude law enforcement, reckless driving and a hit-and-run.

  • Investigator raising domestic violence awareness

    FRIES — When Sgt. Doug Carner, Internet Crimes Against Children investigator for the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, arrived at Fries Town Council last week, he explained that his purple shirt signified domestic violence awareness.

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but for Carner it’s a year-round focus of his job — an area of law enforcement that he feels should be improved.

  • Local couple survives Las Vegas shooting

    The band was just a few songs into their set when the shooting started.

    From a hotel room above them, a man opened fire into the crowd, turning a night of celebration into a massacre.

    Among those in the crowd were Travis Sizemore and his girlfriend, Melissa Wall.

    Sizemore is the manager of Grant’s grocery store in Galax, a fan of country music performer Eric Church and a survivor of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas.

  • Cana Rescue Squad renovations underway

    Staff Reports

    CANA – Renovations are underway at the Cana Rescue Squad building on U.S. 52, after the Carroll Industrial Development Authority bought the building in September and leased it to the county.

    Once the building is open, Carroll County Fire and Rescue will use it as their headquarters to answer medical calls in the Cana community.

  • Six of seven Grayson schools accredited

    INDEPENDENCE — Six out of the seven Grayson County schools received full accreditation this year; but that could change pending the results of an appeal regarding the seventh school, which fell just a few students shy of full accreditation.

    Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore confirmed that the county would seek to appeal the state’s decision to only partially accredit Fries School, where science test score dipped. Only 22 students took the test.

  • Use caution with charitable giving after tragedy

    After a terrible and very public tragedy such as a mass shooting, people want to help in any way possible, and that often means contributing to fundraisers to help the survivors and the families of the victims.

    “Sadly, scammers often take advantage of these moments of vulnerability to deceive donors,” said the Better Business Bureau in a news release. “In addition, there are often campaigns set up by well-meaning individuals who may or may not be directly connected to the tragedy.”

  • Voting machines replaced to comply with state law

    New optical scan voting machines are in place to be used in all Galax elections, with a free public demonstration so voters can see the machines beforehand.

    The demonstrations will be held Oct. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Oct. 17 from 6-9 p.m. in the Galax City Council chambers. Voters will not need to bring ID or voter registrations cards as these events are purely to demonstrate how the new system works.

  • School system requests additional funding

    INDEPENDENCE — Now that the school system has created a capital improvement plan, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore’s request for additional funding.

    Part of the money approved included a literary fund request that was tabled in August, following the board’s request for a capital improvement plan from the schools.