en Hillsville man charged for guns, drugs, child porn <img src="" alt="Christopher Garry Brown" title="Christopher Garry Brown" align="left" hspace="6" width="55" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &ndash; A Hillsville man faces an array of charges after an investigation involving the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.</p> <p> According to a news release, the Hillsville Police Department arrested Christopher Garry Brown, 43, of John Edwards Lane, with assistance from the Carroll County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office on Oct. 13.</p> Galax schools focus on writing in all subjects <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Galax teachers are working together to enhance reading and writing skills by integrating writing assignments into every subject.</p> <p> Galax High School Principal Justin Iroler, accompanied by members of the English department, visited the Galax School Board meeting Oct. 11 to discuss the details of the school&rsquo;s plan to boost writing improvement.</p> Who will be president? Check sales of Halloween masks. <img src="" alt="Oversized masks using real images of both presidential candidates are available at Spirit Halloween stores." title="Oversized masks using real images of both presidential candidates are available at Spirit Halloween stores." align="left" hspace="6" width="129" height="85" /><p> <strong>Landmark News Service</strong></p> <p> Can Halloween tell us who&rsquo;ll win the White House? Apparently, the sale of candidate masks is an eerily accurate crystal ball.</p> <p> According to one costume industry index, mask sales have correctly predicted the outcome of every presidential election since 1996. According to another index &ndash; which goes back further &ndash; they&rsquo;ve been right since 1980, when Ronald Reagan&rsquo;s mug outsold Jimmy Carter&rsquo;s by 20 percent.</p> <p> Being No. 1 this year, however, might indicate something else.</p> Driver hurt in Carroll crash <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="168" height="85" /><p> A single-vehicle accident last Thursday at 9:15 a.m. on Mallory Road resulted in the driver being airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to Virginia State Trooper S.E. Kinney.</p> <p> A 2010 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Samuel H. Griggs, 27, of Galax, was traveling west on Mallory in Carroll County when his vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck a fence, went down a steep embankment, rolled once, crossed a residential driveway and came to rest at the bottom of a small hollow.</p> State will lay out plans for training center closing <img src="" alt="Southwestern Virginia Training Center" title="Southwestern Virginia Training Center" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &ndash; Citizens will have the opportunity to voice their concerns regarding the closure of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center, when members of the state&rsquo;s Senate Finance Committee hold a public hearing at the mental health facility in Hillsville on Oct. 28.</p> <p> According to Maria Reppas, communications director with the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, members of a special joint subcommittee with the Senate Finance Committee will be hosting the event at the center.</p> Trail work underway in Independence <img src="" alt="King General Contractors is working on Phase II of the walking trail in town." title="King General Contractors is working on Phase II of the walking trail in town." align="left" hspace="6" width="135" height="85" /><p> <strong>Staff Report</strong></p> <p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; Phase II construction of the Grayson County Enhancement Trail is nearly complete, as workers continue to connect the sidewalk from Nautilus Way Road to Industrial Lane in East Independence.</p> <p> The construction crew, King General Contractors Inc., is scheduled to complete the project by Dec. 1, according to Elaine Holeton, project manager and Grayson&rsquo;s director of planning and community development.</p> Galax explains new stormwater fee <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="83" height="85" /><p> City Engineer Edwin Ward&rsquo;s recent public presentation on Galax&rsquo;s new stormwater ordinance and fee was lightly attended, but the meeting was informative about what it means to citizens and businesses.</p> <p> While detailed, Ward&rsquo;s presentation explained simply the general need for stormwater management: &ldquo;[it] is undertaken to prevent increased soil erosion damage as a result of increased and concentrated stormwater runoff from property development.&rdquo;</p> Scammers get political with survey con <p> The Better Business Bureau warns to steer clear of political polling calls that promise gift cards in exchange for taking a voter survey. Survey cons are common, but the U.S. presidential campaign gives scammers a timely elections twist.</p> <p> The BBB explains how the scam works. You get a call from someone claiming to be conducting a political survey. The pollster wants to ask you questions about the upcoming presidential election. In exchange for a few minutes of your time and your opinions, you will get a gift card or other reward.</p>