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  • DEA tracks opioid pill distribution

    A Washington Post analysis of newly released data from a federal database shows that two Virginia cities received the most opioid pain pills (oxycodone and hydrocodone) per capita in the country between 2006 and 2012.

    The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) tracks the number of opioids shipped from manufacturers to pharmacies all over the U.S. The new data shows that in many communities, the number of painkillers distributed far exceeds what would be expected, based on population.

  • Supervisors frustrated with school communication

    INDEPENDENCE — At their recent close-out meeting for the previous fiscal year, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved a request from the school board to use leftover school funding, after a debate concerning communication between the supervisors and school board and the county’s understanding of where funding is being applied.

    Prior to the vote, several supervisors expressed confusion and frustration over the communication between the two boards regarding finances.

  • New service available for women at risk for substance abuse

    Staff Report

    Mount Rogers Community Services is launching Project LINK, a service for pregnant and/or parenting women and their children who are either currently experiencing or at-risk for a substance use disorder.

    Since securing funding for Project LINK in January, Mount Rogers has built a team of peer recovery specialists, counselors, childcare specialists and case managers.

  • Sheriff reports on recent crimes

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office reported a series of incidents that occurred last week.

    On July 9, Cpl. Brad Hawks was conducting an investigation that led him to Teasterwood Road in Mouth of Wilson.

    Hawks and Deputy Junior Young made contact with Jimmy Dean Cornett of 511 Teasterwood Road, and noticed that Cornett appeared to be intoxicated in public, according to the sheriff’s report.

    A search of his person revealed a 380 High Point pistol and methamphetamine, the report said.

  • Look Before You Lock

    Staff Report

    When you read a news story about a child who died from heat stroke after being accidentally left in a hot car, you might think, “This would never happen to me. I’d never forget my baby.”

    Statistics show, however, that these tragedies happen to even the best, most loving parents. In more than half of child vehicular heat stroke deaths, the parent or caregiver unknowingly left the child in the vehicle, according to KidsAndCars.org, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting child safety.

  • Fire destroys mobile home

    Staff Report

    Galax firefighters had a long night this weekend, tackling a structure fire and a leaky propane tank back-to-back on July 14.

    Sunday at 12:37 a.m., the Galax Volunteer Fire Department was called to a structure fire on Spring Run Lane, Lot 18, in a mobile home park off Fries Road.

    When units arrived, they found one mobile home engulfed in flame, with the fire threatening a second nearby residence, the GVFD reported.

  • Comcast to launch gigabit internet service

    Staff Report

    Comcast is launching an internet service that will deliver speeds of up to one gigabit-per-second to residential and business customers, and Galax will be one of the first to receive it.

    The telecom company announced last week that, beginning later this month, it will offer the gigabit internet service to customers in Galax, Glade Spring, Marion and Abingdon. Comcast said it can deliver the super-fast speeds using the existing wiring that most people already have in their homes and businesses.

  • Police warn of thieves ‘skimming’ ATMs

    Citizens are asked to be observant after police have received multiple reports this week of illegal transactions from ATMs in the Galax and Hillsville areas.

    According to a statement issued by the Hillsville Police Department, these incidents have been happening at both local banks and businesses with ATMs inside.

    As of Thursday morning, Hillsville PD reported that three separate ATMs in Hillsville have been used to compromise accounts; as well as two separate ATMs in Galax.

  • Galax charges include drugs, officer assault

    Staff Report

    The Galax Police Department reported several recent arrests, ranging from drug charges and larceny to assault on an officer and vehicle theft.

    On June 24, Sgt. Shawny Jones responded to a call of children alone in a vehicle. After arriving, he noticed the children in the vehicle without adult supervision, the police report said.

    After a brief investigation, Brooklyn N. Long, 26, of Galax, was charged with abuse and neglect of children. She was released on an unsecured bond.

  • Hundley represents Galax students on school board

    Staff Report

    Savannah Hundley has been selected as the 2019-2020 student representative to the Galax School Board — the first student to ever serve in this role.

    The school board passed a new policy at their April meeting providing for a student representative to be selected each spring to serve the following school year. The student may be a junior or senior and serves as a non-voting member of the board.