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  • Willing Partners to close store in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE— Freezing and flooding over the winter have resulted in the decision to close the Willing Partners thrift shop in Independence, according to Executive Director Kathy Cooley.

    The local nonprofit organization has served the area for more than 15 years with thrift stores in Galax and Independence and a food bank. The thrift stores have provided supplemental revenue for the ministry to operate the food bank and provide crisis intervention to families in need.

  • Attendance policy changes coming in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE – After months of discussions between parents, school board members and administrators, it appears changes are on the horizon for Grayson County’s student attendance policy for next year.

    The topic has been debated since last November, when a family with children in Grayson County schools brought the board members concerns over a threat of legal action from the division.

    Vice Chairman Shannon Holdaway led the charge from the board’s perspective and continued to push administrators to make the changes necessary.

  • Police seize cocaine, pills and marijuana

    HILLSVILLE — An Asheboro, N.C., man was arrested on several drug charges last week, when a traffic stop turned up 3.5 pounds of marijuana and a stash of cocaine, prescription pills and cash.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Cpl. Rocky Dalton stopped a 2002 Nissan for speeding on Interstate 77 on March 16. “Dalton observed the driver move a small bag from the console of the car. When questioning the driver about the bag, [Dalton] detected the smell of marijuana coming from the car.”

  • With town's support, CCMS could get safety lights

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Town Council will support the Carroll County School Board’s resolution to install a set of flashing lights at Carroll County Middle School.

    School Board Chairman Brian Spencer and Vice Chairman Joey Haynes presented the idea at council’s March 9 meeting, and explained that they had contacted the Virginia Department of Transportation with their request.

  • School board member questions teacher attendance policy

    INDEPENDENCE — A hot topic over the last few months at Grayson County School Board meetings has been about the amount of time staff members throughout the division are allowed to take off.

    Shannon Holdaway, vice chairman of the school board, has expressed multiple times that — while he understands the two issues are separate — he feels the county is penalizing parents for keeping students home from school, but allowing employees to take time away from the classroom for illness.

  • Galax man charged after pursuit

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man faces several charges following a pursuit that began in Independence on Feb. 28 and ended in Galax when the vehicle wrecked near Armory Road.

    The pursuit began after Independence Police Officer Renee Dalton observed a Dodge Stratus with New Hampshire license plates following another vehicle too close.

  • Jones' attorney to introduce new evidence

    HILLSVILLE — Though he was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison, Matthew Steven Jones has not had his last day in court.

    After a trial in Grayson County Circuit Court, Jones was found guilty in November of first-degree murder in the strangling death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, and sentenced March 6 to life in prison without parole, with an additional three years suspended and a $100,000 fine.

  • CF Auction: Good deals for good cause

    By D.T. Clark, Staff

    This year marks the area’s 14th annual Cystic Fibrosis Auction, and according to main-man-in-charge Freddy Hall, it will be the kind of event regular customers know to expect and newcomers will be surprised to discover.

    Up for auction will be toys, games, memorabilia, collectibles, furniture new and antiques, building supplies (anyone need a sink?) and services ranging from private concerts to some time behind the steering wheel (stick?) of a military tank.

    Really.

  • Car crashes into Woodlawn post office

    WOODLAWN — The U.S. Post Office in Woodlawn is still open and running despite structural damage caused by a vehicle slamming into the building Tuesday afternoon.

    According to a report from Virginia State Police Trooper P.K. Cheek, Suemay Melcher, 75, of Woodlawn, was pulling into a parking spot at the post office on March 17 when she attempted to slow the car down. “Unfortunately, she hit the gas pedal instead of the brake,” Cheek said.