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  • Man arrested in Hillsville a suspect in Florida homicide

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE — A vehicle pursuit in Hillsville on July 8 lead to the discovery of a homicide in Florida.

    Police in Florida say it appears Matthew A. Barber, 49, of Orange City, Fla., “wanted to get caught,” based on his actions.

    Lt. Jason Sampsell of the Orange City Police Department told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that Barber “practically confessed, saying ‘I murdered someone in Florida, here is the address.’”

  • Landmark Group strikes deal with Carroll IDA to refurbish Woodlawn School

    Staff Report

    WOODLAWN — A real estate firm has entered into an agreement with the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to refurbish and repurpose the former Woodlawn School for apartments.

    The county and state officials announced the nearly $10 million project this week.

    The county closed the school in 2013, but it has operated as a community center since then.

  • Mayor selection raises questions

    Willie Greene refused to accept a nomination for reappointment as Galax’s vice mayor at Monday night’s Galax City Council meeting, after he was earlier nominated to serve as mayor.

    Questions arose over voting procedure, and Mayor C.M. Mitchell — who was reappointed — said later he had intended to support Greene if he was nominated as mayor.

    Council members choose the city’s mayor and vice mayor from among themselves.

    Greene has been on council since 1994, and vice mayor since 2000.

  • Board again confronted over utility non-user fee

    HILLSVILLE – Citizens continued to demand answers from the Carroll County Board of Supervisors over collection of utility non-user fees during the July 9 meeting.

    Following up on concerns stated during the previous meeting, citizen Ray Melton opened the discussion with comments about digging a water well when county water was previously unavailable, noting that the county has now begun running water lines on the street where he lives.

  • Suspect sought in motel larceny

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department is seeking the public’s help identifying a suspect who allegedly stole money from behind the counter of the Comfort Inn at Interstate 77 on June 6.

    Police have posted photos on social media, taken by a security camera around 3:30 a.m., showing the suspect. Investigator Alan Gravley said the person allegedly took $320 in cash.

    Anyone with any information can contact Gravley at (276) 728-2251, extension 305.

  • Fries Town Council swears in members

    FRIES — Following the May election, Fries Town Council members — including new member Frances Annette Boone — were sworn in during this month’s council meeting.

    The ceremony was conducted by Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk Susan Herrington.

    Fries Town Council elections were straightforward this year, with seven candidates running to fill seven seats. Boone will replace former council member Gary Sumner, who did not appear on the ballot.

  • Citizens protest Carroll's non-user fee

    HILLSVILLE ― Several citizens spoke out regarding mandated “non-user” fees for utilities at the Carroll County Board of Supervisors; meeting in June.

    Despite hearing accusations of “Communism, extortion and discrimination” and similar sentiments, supervisors for the most part listened to the complaints without response.

    These topics remain open for discussion between Carroll citizens and county government for the meeting set for tonight, Monday.

  • Grayson schools fully accredited

    INDEPENDENCE — All eight schools in Grayson County have received full accreditation for the 2017-18 school year.

    They came close a few times, said Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore, but this is a milestone that the division hasn’t been met for seven years.

    Wilmore and the Grayson County School Board commended teachers and staff, administrators, parents and students, following the news.

  • NPR journalist considers time working in Galax

    Residents and visitors of Galax might have noticed an unfamiliar face, accompanied by a curiously familiar voice, for three days a couple of weeks ago: Melissa Block of NPR’s “All Things Considered” came to Galax for a story.

  • New laws take effect in Virginia

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — As of July 1, you can have drink with your dog in a brewery, hunt raccoons after 2 a.m. on a Sunday and get marijuana-based oil from your doctor in Virginia.

    However, those with restraining orders now can’t harass people with a drone aircraft, and if you use a cell phone while driving in a work zone, expect a hefty fine.

    These are among the dozens of new laws that went into effect July 1 in Virginia, as a result of legislation passed by the 2018 Session of the General Assembly.