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  • Before leaving, supervisor warns of 'super coyotes'

    INDEPENDENCE — Outgoing county board member Eddie Rosenbaum gave his final address to constituents during the Grayson Board of Supervisors’ December meeting, and used the time to address an issue that he has been passionate about during his time on the board — coyotes.

    Rosenbaum vacated his seat on the board last month, after announcing that he would not run for another term due to health reasons. Thomas “Rex” Revels took the seat representing the Wilson District on Jan. 1.

  • APCo: plan for higher winter bills

    Staff Report

    With frigid temperatures continuing to grip the region this week, Appalachian Power is urging customers to plan for the possibility of higher electric bills.

    “The colder it is outside, the more energy it takes to keep it warm inside, so in this extended cold spell I would anticipate an increase in electric usage for customers who heat with electricity,” said APCo spokesman Phil Moye. “This increased usage will result in higher bills.”

  • McAuliffe's budget aims to pad state reserves

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — One last shot at Medicaid expansion.

    That’s the big $584 million line item in Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s final two-year budget before he leaves office this month. He presented it to the General Assembly’s money committees in December.

    The governor has included expansion in every one of his budgets, but the Republican-controlled legislature has refused.

  • Galax social services director departing

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    Even though she’s retiring next month, Susan Clark, director of the Department of Social Services for the City of Galax, isn’t slowing down.

    Her office currently serves more than 4,000 cases, providing all kinds of services to the people of the city.

  • N.C. suspects charged with Galax larcenies

    Staff Report

    Officers investigated two larcenies committed by North Carolinians in Galax, one in conjunction with a burglary, according to a report released by the Galax Police Department.

    Justin Lee Davis, 30, of Mount Airy, N.C., was arrested in connection with an offense that was reported on Dec. 6, 2017.

  • Dugspur man arrested after chase in stolen car

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A Dugspur man is in custody after a brief chase in a stolen car.

    On Dec. 23, 2017, at 2:11 p.m., the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Patrick Sheriff’s Office to be on the lookout for a stolen green Ford Thunderbird that had been taken from their county.

    According to a report from the sheriff’s office, Lt. Bobby Lyons, Sgt. David Walls and Cpl. Rocky Dalton responded to the Dugspur section of Carroll County to watch for the car.

  • Carroll PSA continues water purchase talks with Mount Airy

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll Public Service Authority (PSA) is continuing its work to buy water from Mount Airy, N.C., to serve the southern end of the county.

    The PSA has received a draft amendment to the existing water purchase agreement from Mount Airy, N.C., and the draft is being reviewed by the PSA staff.

  • Four facing charges in Cana burglary

    Staff Report

    CANA — A call about a suspicious vehicle at a Cana home resulted in drug charges against four people from Mount Airy, N.C.

    Carroll County Sheriff J. B. Gardner reported that deputies received a call on Dec. 26 at 2:48 p.m. that there was a suspicious vehicle located at a residence on Mulberry Lane. The caller asked deputies to see if they could locate anyone at the home.

    Deputy Jarrett Combs, Deputy Josh Bowers and Sgt. Cody Edwards arrived at the residence and located four people inside — none of whom lived there.

  • Berrier could file grievance over voter ID decision

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — An unsuccessful candidate for the Fancy Gap District seat on the Carroll County School Board says he is considering filing a grievance with the state board of elections over a ballot that was counted even though the voter only had a copy of their ID.

    Phillip Berrier of Cana petitioned for a recount after the Nov. 7 election results showed incumbent Joey Haynes winning by a three-vote margin in what was initially a four-way race. After a recount on Dec. 27, Haynes retained the seat by a single vote.

  • GVFD saves home while delivering food boxes

    Not only do the Christmas Community Food Fund boxes help fight hunger in Twin Counties homes, they sometimes save houses, as well.

    According to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley, the delivery of one food box resulted in a “Christmas miracle.”

    Originally not home, Hankley noted, the occupant returned once she remembered Dec. 24 was delivery day for the boxes. Delivery volunteers had knocked on the door and started to leave when she got back.