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  • Initiative links local workers with tech jobs

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON – A marketing initiative launched last week with the goal of connecting tech companies in Northern Virginia with jobs to fill and workers in Southwest Virginia looking for work.

    The Southwest Virginia Regional Marketing Initiative, officially known as “InvestSWVA,” is a public-private partnership focused on supporting local economic development and marketing efforts spanning the entire GO Virginia Region One, which includes Carroll, Grayson and Galax.

  • Police locate fugitive

    HILLSVILLE – A fugitive from justice was arrested last week on additional charges in Virginia, resulting in the discovery that the man was a wanted sex offender.

    According to Chief Shannon Goad, investigators with the Hillsville Police Department executed a property search Sept. 5 at the Town & Country Mobile Home Park in town after receiving information regarding illegal drug activity in the area.

  • Hillsville man denied bond for meth possession

    HILLSVILLE – A Hillsville man will remain behind bars after being denied bond in the Carroll County General District Court on Sept. 6.

    The court determined Joseph Glenn Bobbitt, 55, to be at risk of committing habitual offenses against the commonwealth and of being a danger to the community.

  • Fitness challenge will featured Uncle Kracker concert

    This year’s second annual Police Fitness Challenge returns in October to put extreme athletes to the test, and will feature a benefit concert by chart-topping singer Uncle Kracker in Felts Park.

  • GES Report Card

    Yancey Powers of architectural firm WM2A led the Galax School Board on a tour of the construction at Galax Elementary School before their Sept. 10 meeting.

    Highlights of the $17 million renovation and expansion project included the new regulation-size gym with fold-out bleachers on one side that can hold 200-plus spectators; a generous-sized music room and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) rooms; the new cafeteria (formerly the old gym); and the kitchen, which boasts, among other things, a freezer with three times the capacity of the old one.

  • Wanted man captured after chase, crash

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department caught a Hillsville man at 11:30 p.m. on Monday just outside Galax after a high-speed chase, according to Carroll County Deputy Josh Bowers.

    Bowers and Carroll Deputy Jeremiah Foutch were on the lookout for Travis Burke, 37, who was wanted on a felony warrant for grand larceny of a motor vehicle.

  • Tractor-trailers wreck in separate Carroll incidents

    Two tractor-trailer accidents last weekend fortunately left no injuries, but caused a total of about $18,500 in public property damage, according to reports filed by Virginia State Trooper C.H. Campbell.

    An accident on Faddis Hill in the Woodlawn community of Carroll County at 5 a.m. on Sept. 6 resulted in a fuel spill.

  • Students banned from dance after posting racist sign

    HILLSVILLE – Two students at Carroll County High School have been barred from attending this year’s homecoming after their social media post showed them holding a racially offensive sign.

    The photo spread quickly on social media, causing outrage among many people posting about it Tuesday night.

    The sign was part of a new trend among highschoolers, who are sending “promposals,” photos or videos extending an invitation to prom (or in this case, a homecoming dance) to their desired date.

  • Homicide suspect scolded for outburst

    HILLSVILLE — An outburst in the courtroom during a preliminary hearing for a murder charge caused tempers to flare on Sept. 6.

    The exchange was between murder suspect Codie Nathanial Fletcher and family members of the victim, Alexandra Dare Taylor, 20. The suspect shouted to her family members as he left the courtroom, claiming he didn’t kill Taylor.

  • Anderson served as firefighter for 55 years

    If you referred to the late, beloved Fielden H. Anderson, who passed away Sept. 8 at age 86, by that name, you’d get a puzzled look. Few in Galax would have known who you meant.

    If, however, you called him “Tater,” the nickname that served him since birth, confusion would dissolve into a grin. Following that, there’d be chuckles and stories about him that went on and on for hours, especially from his fellow Galax Volunteer Fire Department firefighters.