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  • Suspects charged with multiple break-ins

    INDEPENDENCE — Investigators from Grayson and Carroll counties have arrested two suspects in a string of break-ins at churches in the Fries area and other incidents as far away as Michigan, according to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

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  • Cassell seeks to retain Elk Creek seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Incumbent Misty Cassell will face Fred Weatherman for the Elk Creek seat on the Grayson County School Board in the upcoming Nov. 5 election.
    Cassell has served on the school board since 2006, acting as chairperson for two years. She works for Family Preservation Services as a therapeutic day treatment counselor at Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County. She is also an active member of First United Methodist Church in Independence and serves as a Sunday school teacher in the elementary class.

  • Town plans to capitalize on tourism

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville sits at a unique intersection of geography and culture.
    The town is at the crossroads of Interstate 77 and four major highways, on the route of major musical destinations along the Crooked Road, just north of the Blue Ridge Parkway, close to the popular New River Trail State Park, so officials hope a new tourism plan mapping out a way to bring in more visitors could help Hillsville’s economy turn a corner in the long run.

  • Chase in two states end with crash

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    A 29-year-old Galax woman faces several charges following a low-speed pursuit Saturday night that started in Galax, continued into Grayson County and Alleghany County, N.C., and ended back in Galax.
    Capt. James Cox of the Galax Police Department said Officer Trevor Jefferson spotted a Ford Mustang parked behind Hillcrest Baptist Church on Virginia 89/South Main Street around 10:15 p.m. on Oct. 12. When he pulled up behind the vehicle, the driver, identified as Amber Blevins, pulled off and headed south on 89.

  • Turns 90

    Josie Criner was honored with a party to celebrate her 90th birthday Aug. 16 at Fairview Baptist Church.

  • She's one

    Haleigh Grace Smith celebrated her first birthday Aug. 26. She celebrated with a cookout at her home with special friends and family.

    She is the daughter of Cory and Elena Smith of Austinville. Paternal grandparents are Charles and Sue Smith of Fries. Maternal grandparents are Doug and Glenda Forester of Galax and the late James “Jimmy” Brewer Sr. of Fries. Great-grandmother is Blanche Payne of Whitetop.

  • He's one

    Jacob Lane Huff turned one Oct. 9. He is the son of Joshua and Jennifer Huff of Galax. He has a sister Marella Huff of Galax.

    Paternal grandparents are Gary and Brenda Huff. Maternal grandparents are John and Mary Davis. Paternal great-grandparents are Alma Sizemore and Inez Huff. Maternal great-grandparents are John “Bill” and Shirley Davis, all of Galax. Family and friends will celebrate Huff’s birthday with a Farm party Oct. 11.

  • He's four

    Braeden Hunter Ward celebrated his fourth birthday June 26 with a bouncy house birthday party at his home. He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence. He has a younger brother, Levi.

    His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley, and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Agnes Cox, Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • She's eight

    Tiarra Skye Bedwell celebrated her eighth birthday July 27 with family and friends with a Barbie party at the Fries Pool. Her birthday was July 25.