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  • Officers prepare for the worst

    HILLSVILLE — Collaborative efforts by local law enforcement agencies in the Twin County area have been undertaken to improve the cognizance and proficiency of emergency tactical responders who serve in the active line of duty.

    Carroll County High School Resource Officer, Cpl. Kevin Kemp, coordinated closely with Carroll County High School administration on July 12 to utilize school grounds for establishing safety protocols while conducting advanced tactical research and emergency tactical response training.

  • Arts committee seeks approval for $15K mural

    Banners, boards and budgets dominated the July 9 Galax City Council meeting after recognitions, retirements and installations.

    Chris Pollins, in her role as head of the city’s Public Arts Committee, requested that council present the Galax Planning Commission with a sketch for a mural to be done on the low wall outside Chestnut Creek School of the Arts’ West Oldtown Street woodworking studio.

    Pollins is also director of the school.

  • Shooting suspect to appear in court

    INDEPENDENCE — John Ford Gilliam, charged in a shooting near Fenders Curve near Fries on July 14, has a preliminary hearing scheduled in Grayson County General District Court on Sept. 24.

    Gilliam, 47, of Woodlawn, was charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony, after officers say he was involved in a confrontation that resulted in a man being shot in the arm.

    According to court records, Gilliam was scheduled for a hearing to appoint an attorney July 17, but the hearing was continued.

  • Burnette named new CCMS principal

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools have named a new middle school principal, while the high school principal continues recovering from a double lung transplant.

    Dana H. Burnette has been named principal of Carroll County Middle School.

    Brunette has served previously as the assistant principal at CCMS and has been an educator for the Carroll County Public School system for more than 25 years.

  • Tree takes out utility lines, causing power outages

    West Galax and Baywood residents lost power Wednesday when a tree fell on a power pole in the West Stuart Drive/Waugh Drive area around 7 p.m. and damaged lines, according to alerts issued by the Galax Police Department.

    The outage affected at least 1,435 customers, according to the Appalachian Power website around 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

    According to local APCo Distribution Supervisor Kenneth Belton, the tree’s roots were rotten “and it just picked last night to fall.” The weather was clear and mild at the time of the incident.

  • Carroll bus drivers, aides seek benefits

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors recently heard comments on behalf of school bus drivers and special needs aides with no benefits.

    Linda Montgomery, a bus driver with Carroll County Public Schools, told the board that benefits were not included in newer contracts for bus drivers. “We receive no benefits at all, even though we have the same responsibilities as all other driver who are full-time.”

  • Wellness Center adds equipment for diabetics

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll Wellness Center has new diabetes and chronic disease rehab program equipment that it acquired through a Twin County Community Foundation grant this past year.

    The center in Hillsville has added two additional Sci-Fit Recumbent Steppers and a Sci-Fit Pro 2.

  • Police warn of scam claiming to help fallen officers’ families

    Staff Report

    A phone scam has been targeting Twin County residents in an attempt to coax them into donating funds that are reputed to help officers killed in the line of duty.

    Police have received reports this week that members of the community have been receiving calls from the National Police and Troopers Association (NPTA), and the caller states that the organization is in the middle of a fund drive to collect money for the families of fallen officers.

  • APCo announces $40M Galax project

    Staff Report

    Appalachian Power will host an open house next month to seek public input on proposed electric upgrades in Galax.

    The $40 million Glendale Area Improvements Project, announced last week, is designed to strengthen the transmission system in Carroll and Wythe counties. The improvements will reduce the likelihood of power outages during high demand periods, APCo said in a news release.

  • BBQ competition will heat up this weekend

    Staff Report

    The Twin County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Galax are firing up the grill as they place the final touches on the 14th Annual Smoke on the Mountain State BBQ Competition, to be held Friday and Saturday in downtown Galax.

    This year’s event will feature street vendors of all stripes, including commercial and service representatives, as well as local craft and food vendors.