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  • Galax receives $17.1M for school renovation

    The City of Galax received a $17.1 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week, to be used for the Galax Elementary School project.

    Of that total, $100,000 is for covering legal fees, consultant fees, advertising for the project and any other related costs, said City Manager Keith Barker.

    Coram Construction of North Carolina originally submitted a bid of $17.8 million; but with additional fees, including those listed above, the final amount was just shy of $20 million.

  • Beasley pleads guilty to attempted murder of officer

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A Wythe County man has pleaded guilty to attempted capital murder of a Carroll County law enforcement officer and other crimes.

    Kevin Nelson Beasley, 28, of Austinville, was indicted by a Carroll grand jury on multiple charges related to a 2016 police chase and a three-day manhunt that spanned two counties.

  • Campbell named teacher of the year

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Middle School Coach Charles Campbell was named the 2018 teacher of the year for the Grayson County Public Schools district, during a ceremony held May 14 at the GCHS auditorium.

    Before the board’s regular monthly meeting, Campbell and seven other instructors were honored for their contributions to the school system during the 2017-18 school year.

  • Hillsville treasurer one of only four certified in Va.

    HILLSVILLE – Hillsville is now one of only four towns in the state with a certified master governmental treasurer.

    Treasurer LeAnna Surratt recently completed coursework to become certified through the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center, town council announced at its May 14 meeting.

    Surratt was also presented with a service award that night, and the town released a statement honoring her achievement.

  • Galax arrests involve embezzlement, drugs

    Staff Report

    Recent arrests in Galax involved embezzlement and several charges stemming from a DUI incident.

    Christopher G. Brown, 28, of Galax, has been charged with embezzlement at the Galax Little Caesar’s. Brown is alleged to have diverted business funds to his personal use, according to a police report.

    Sgt. Trevor Jefferson, who responded to the business and took the initial report, charged Brown. Brown was to appear in the Galax General District Court for arraignment.

  • Carroll approves $85.7M budget

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors adopted and appropriated the fiscal year 2019 budget and tax rates at its May 14 meeting.

    The total appropriation of $85.7 million was approved by unanimous vote. The budget includes no tax increase.

    That total includes general operating expenditures of $42.6 million, the Carroll County Public Schools’ operating budget of $43.1 million and a library fund of $8,000.

  • Worried about becoming dependent on opioids?

    Each day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Patients and family members who are prescribed opioids for pain relief may worry about growing dependent on the medication. Dr. Charles Dunham is a psychiatrist and internal medicine physician who sees patients in several Winston-Salem, N.C.-area locations. Dunham has answers for some of the most commonly asked questions about taking opioids to relieve pain.

  • Mailbox vandalism suspects arrested

    Staff Report

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that two arrests have been made in an investigation of multiple reports of mailbox vandalism throughout the county.

    In the early morning hours of May 14, deputies arrested suspects Ethan Jackson, 18, of Independence, and Dustin Testerman, 18, of Fries. Both were charged with vandalizing mailboxes in Grayson County.

    According to the sheriff’s office, several residents have been reporting damaged mailboxes in recent months.

  • Grayson offered chance to join opioid lawsuit

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has been given the opportunity to join other Southwest Virginia counties in filing lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

    The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has opted to join the lawsuit; Galax City Council is still considering it.

  • Once homeless, Galax woman overcomes odds to graduate

    Submitted by Jill Ross & Katherine Asbury

    Wytheville Community College

    Statistically speaking, she shouldn’t even be in college. It should have been almost impossible. After all, children who’ve been in foster care as teenagers have about a 3 percent chance of ever earning a college degree.

    But Destiny Moody refused to be another statistic. In fact, she’s defied the odds most of her life.

    On Saturday, she did it again.