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  • Grand jury indicts 19 suspects

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Indictments against 19 suspects were recently unsealed in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    The sealed indictments, handed down by grand juries that met on July 26 and other dates, included drug violations, welfare fraud, malicious wounding and other charges. They were sealed until the suspects could be arrested.

    According to information from the court, the indictments included:

    • Gregory Dean Lineberry – threat or false communication.

  • Authority charts new course in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE - Recently elected chairman Ricky Thomas is leading the Carroll County Economic Development Authority in a new direction to bring economic growth in the area.

    At the EDA’s Sept. 16 meeting, members talked about modern ideas of seeking economic opportunity; as well as corporate marketing strategies.

  • WCC to build simulated hospital lab at Crossroads

    Staff Report

    Wytheville Community College (WCC) announced Friday that it will begin development of a new simulated hospital lab, to be located at WCC’s site at The Crossroads Institute in Galax.

    The project is being funded by a $175,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission.

  • Police charge woman found living in storage unit

    Staff Report

    Officers were ready to help a homeless person find a place to stay the night on Sept. 11, and they did — but in jail cell, not a motel.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Officer Tyler Houk received a call about a citizen living in a storage unit on McCamant Drive.

  • A day to serve

    If you devote a day to help out your community, does that make you a saint? Well, sort of; and parts of Galax are the better for it.

    Members of the Pembroke Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (aka the Mormon church), Christ Chapel Galax, the Galax Public Arts Committee and a representative from Morgan Griffith’s office held a Day to Serve on Sept. 14.

  • Recycling centers not taking plastics

    INDEPENDENCE — Due to current marketing conditions, Grayson County has placed a temporary hold on recycling plastic products.

    Citizens are asked to include plastics with their regular trash for the time being; all other recyclables are still being accepted. County officials are also stressing that the situation is temporary, and that they are looking into other marketing opportunities for plastic.

  • Absentee voting begins for Nov. 5 election

    Staff Report

    Absentee voting for the Nov. 5 General Election begins statewide on Sept. 20.

    Qualified Virginia voters may vote absentee in-person at their local voter registration office or by mail.

    To vote absentee, registered voters must meet one of 20 eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application and at elections.virginia.gov/absentee.

  • Carroll considers cable contract concerns

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll Board of Supervisors held a public hearing at the Sept. 9 meeting regarding a franchise agreement with Spectrum Southeast LLC, locally known as Charter Communication, aimed at furthering the availability of telecommunication services throughout the county.

    Although no citizens in attendance spoke on the matter, County Attorney Steve Durbin disclosed several points of interest regarding the legally binding agreement and answered some concerns from a board member.

  • Driver dies in single-vehicle crash

    A fatality in Grayson County on Wednesday night is under investigation by Virginia State Police.

    According to a news release from state police, Andy D. Isom, 33, of Galax, was pronounced dead at the scene of a single vehicle crash on Savannah Road.

    According to the police report, at 11:25 p.m. on Sept. 18, Senior Trooper J.A. Vaughan responded to a single-vehicle fatal crash involving a 2000 GMC Sierra pickup truck operated by Isom. The driver was traveling in the 600 block of Savannah Road when it ran off the road and crashed.

  • Galax man arrested on narcotics charges

    Grayson County investigators have arrested a Galax man on charges of narcotics possession and distribution.
    According to an arrest report provided by Sheriff Richard Vaughan, investigators executed a search warrant at 713 Delhart Road in Galax on Sept. 6. The search revealed a shotgun, ammunition, marijuana and paraphernalia consistent with the distribution of narcotics. Investigators also seized a 2017 Dodge Ram truck.