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  • Infection Prevention: Beyond the common cold & flu

    By AGNES A. SMITH

    Chief Nursing Officer, Twin County Regional Healthcare

    With the advent of fall, cold and flu season arrives, which means it’s time to arm yourself and your loved ones with the proper preventive measures to stay well.

    Be prepared by making sure you and your family have had your annual immunizations, as well as taking sensible measures to avoid the spread of illness.

  • Merchants concerned over parade plans

    HILLSVILLE — Downtown merchants expressed their concern to the Hillsville Town Council earlier this month after hearing about several changes that have been made to this year’s Christmas celebration.

    In previous years, the annual event began with the Christmas parade at 4 p.m., followed by the tree lighting ceremony. However, this year’s plan includes a later start date, with the tree lighting slated for 5:15 p.m., followed by the parade at 6 p.m.

  • Police: witness drove stolen car to court

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — While a Galax man was in court testifying in a murder case last week, police in Independence discovered that the car he drove to court was stolen from West Virginia.

    Now, two Galax residents are facing charges.

    Independence Police Chief James Wagoner said he was investigating a suspicious vehicle call at the Independence Post Office on Nov. 20 when he observed a man and woman walking in that area.

  • Christmas food fund taking donations

    The Galax Community Christmas Food Fund is kicking off it annual activities.

    Spearheaded by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, the fund helps the public provide holiday food staples for needy families.

    The goal is to raise $30,000 to purchase two food boxes for 550 less fortunate families in the area. For many years, this effort was handled by the Galax Y’s Men’s Club; the fire department has now taken on the project.

  • Grayson to borrow $40,000 for water project

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to borrow $40,000 to complete a project replacing lead-based water meters that officials describe as obsolete.

    The vote came during the supervisors regular monthly meeting Nov. 13 and did not include supervisors John Brewer or David Sexton, neither of whom attended the meeting.

  • Exit 1 utility work nears completion

    LAMBSBURG – Now that the water storage tank has been completed at Exit 1 on Interstate 77 in Carroll County, the next step in the water improvement project is to complete the pump station under construction off Imogene Road.

    Once the pump station is completed early next year, it will pump water to the new 105,000-gallon tank on Cedar Lane in the Lambsburg community of Carroll County. That tank was completed last month by general contractor Eastern Tank & Utility Service.

  • Wreck damages vehicles, causes minor injuries

    A two-vehicle crash in Galax caused consequential damage to two automobiles but only a minor injury to one driver on Nov. 18, according to Galax Police Officer Silverio Gonzalez, who responded to the accident.

    A 2002 Toyota Corolla driven by Amanda Lynn Jansen, 25, of Galax, was hit by a 2004 Dodge Dakota driven by Russell James Kirby, 28, also of Galax, at about 12:03 p.m. Gonzales said.

  • Town manager charged with DUI

    WYTHEVILLE — Retta Nichole Jackson, 23, of Hillsville, faces a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated following a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 in Wythe County on Nov. 16.

    Jackson serves as town manager of Hillsville.

    The Wythe County General District Court website shows two charges against Jackson — driving while intoxicated (first offense), a Class 1 misdemeanor; and failure to update license, a traffic infraction.

  • Pa. man arrested on drug charges

    Members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office captured a wanted man from Pennsylvania in Fancy Gap on Monday.

    On Nov. 17, deputies arrested Daniel Joe Nelson Jr., 25, on a fugitive warrant from Pennsylvania. He was found on Turner Spur Road in Fancy Gap.

    “He had an address here in Fancy Gap as one of his addresses. He had several other addresses listed in other places, as well,” Gardner said, noting that he wasn’t sure where Nelson was really from.

  • Thieves take bait, steal ATV with tracking device

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    WHITETOP — Two men have been arrested after they allegedly took an all-terrain vehicle that was being used as bait by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.

    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said after several ATVs were stolen in the western end of Grayson County in the spring, his officers came up with a plan to catch the thieves. Suspects in those cases were arrested and are still in custody, but officers kept the bait ATV in the field.