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  • 'Mr. Country Gold' signs off

    On WBRF 98.1’s, July 28 “Mr. Country Gold” show, DJs Derrick Davis and J.D. Higgins — Mr. Country Gold himself — played many songs about saying goodbye.

    That’s no great surprise; lots of classic country songs, like the old-time mountain music they spring from, are about sadness, loss and regret.

    But there was a special poignancy to this episode: it was Higgins’ last one.

  • Woman held on $1M bond for meth trafficking

    Staff Report

    LOWGAP, N.C. — A Lowgap woman is in custody under a bond of more than $1 million for charges related to a meth operation.

    Lowgap is just over the Virginia border from Grayson County.

    According to a news release, narcotics detectives from the Surry County Sheriff’s Office, Mount Airy Police Department and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant Aug. 9 at 263 Richardson Trail in Lowgap.

  • Beasley’s sentencing hearing postponed

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Circuit Court has granted a continuance for the sentencing hearing for a case that has been active since September 2016 against Kevin Nelson Beasley.

    Beasley’s sentencing hearing was originally set to take place on Aug. 14, but has been moved forward to Oct. 3.

  • Fries hears riverside park plans

    FRIES — The Fries Town Council meeting on Aug. 7 served as an effective brainstorming session for potential improvements to the Fries Town Park; as well as an update on a plan to renovate the park’s playground.

    Cindy Rowe, manager of the Fries Farmers’ Market, gave a presentation highlighting ideas for increasing tourist traffic.

  • 'King of the Hill' tournament brings community closer

    For the past five years, a basketball tournament in Galax has brought the community together for a day of fun and competition; and participants say it’s about far more than sports.

    The fifth annual King of the Hill Basketball Tournament took place July 28 at the Rosenwald Felts Community Center in Galax.

    Rayshawn Tucker, his wife Sarah and Whit Richardson put on the event each year.

    Basketball was the star attraction, though cornhole, free food and a run through sprinkling water provided by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department were also on order.

  • Contest winners will fill empty storefronts

    The City of Galax has found a unique way to fill downtown vacancies with new businesses — a business plan competition that will award prizes to entrepreneurs with the best ideas.

    Galax recently received $43,000 cash in Community Business Launch (CBL) awards from Gov. Ralph Northam to train entrepreneurs and conduct business plan competitions, primarily in downtown commercial districts. The award is from the Department of Housing and Community Development.

  • Court opens 14 sealed indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Several sealed indictments have been opened in Grayson County Circuit Court after the suspects were arrested.

    The grand jury met July 27 and returned formal charges against 14 people for offenses involving animal fighting, firearms, drugs and other crimes.

    Those charged include:

    • Nora Ann Wright, 40, of Troutdale – possession of stolen property and felony child abuse or neglect.

  • Seatbelt data reveals alarming trends

    The number of people ages 15 to 20 who died while not wearing seatbelts during motor vehicle crashes doubled in Virginia during January-June 30, compared to the same time period last year.

    Eighteen unrestrained fatalities have been recorded this year, compared to nine in 2017 and 10 in 2016 for the same six-month period.

  • Carroll looks at non-user fee options

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors is working toward resolutions to several topics that have caused concerns for citizens, including the controversial non-user fee for county water service.

    After hearing from citizens upset about the fee at the past two consecutive meetings, supervisors brought up the issue again at the Aug. 13 meeting.

  • Keepers pleads guilty to hiding body

    Staff Reports

    CHRISTIANSBURG — At a hearing Tuesday afternoon, Natalie Keepers pleaded guilty to concealing the body of a teen near Galax, after the girl was killed by David Eisenhauer in 2016.

    Keepers, 21, of Laurel, Md., will still stand trial in September for a charge of being an accessory to murder before the fact. She could face up to five years in prison on Tuesday’s concealment conviction, pending a pre-sentence report.