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  • Carroll to hold more closed meetings to interview candidates

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors will be holding a called meeting on July 1 to make announcements concerning the interview process for hiring a new chief administrative officer.

  • Galax arrests involve drugs, grand larceny

    Staff Report

    The Galax Police Department reported three recent arrests involving drugs, fraud and grand larceny.

    On June 20, Officer Adam Newman responded to the Galax Department of Social Services for a larceny report.

    According to a police report, after a brief investigation, Brittany N. Williams, 19, of Galax was charged with possession of a controlled substance, one count of credit card theft, one count of credit card fraud and two counts of petit larceny.

    She is being held at the New River Regional Jail with no bond.

  • Body of missing woman found

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday afternoon that the body of Jo Anne Hatcher was found one mile downstream from where she went missing last Wednesday.

  • Candidates file for Carroll races

    HILLSVILLE – Two candidates have filed to challenge incumbents for Carroll County Board of Supervisors seats in the November general election, while one incumbent candidate will run unopposed.

    Markel Cochran is running as an independent to challenge Republican nominee Tracy Moore for the Pine Creek District seat. Benny Robinson has filed to run as an independent challenger to incumbent Republican Robbie McCraw for the at-large seat on the board. Rex Hill is unopposed in his bid for re-election to the Sulphur Springs District seat.

  • Galax gets $2M for new sidewalks

    Staff Reports

    Pedestrians on the east side of Galax will soon have a safer way to travel to businesses along U.S. 58/East Stuart Drive.

    The city was awarded a $2 million grant from the Commonwealth Transportation Board on June 19 for a sidewalk construction project, according to a news release.

    The grant provides for a nearly one mile (more than 5,000 feet) of sidewalk on the north side East Stuart Drive, from Larkspur Lane east to Hanes Road, along with ramps and signalized pedestrian controls at traffic intersections.

  • Two charged in Grayson

    Staff Report

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office reported two recent arrests, one for violation of a protective order and the other for a drug violation.

    Grayson officers arrested Brandon Todd Jones, 43, of 852 Hester Road, Fries, for violation of a protective order, according to the report from Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

  • Grand jury indicts 75 in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury certified a total of 120 indictments issued to 75 individuals last week.

    An indictment is a formal charge, and those charged are considered innocent until and if they are convicted.

    The indictments included:

    • Steven Michael Akers, 27, of Austinville; possession of a Schedule II drug (methamphetamine);

  • Grayson officer running for Wythe sheriff

    WYTHEVILLE — Grayson County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Sgt. Doug Carner is retiring from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office to run for the office of sheriff in Wythe County.

    In a recent news release, Carner described law enforcement as more of a calling than a career.

    He said that while he is a conservative Christian, he is running as an independent candidate because “citizens deserve fair and impartial enforcement of our laws.”

  • Clinic chosen for telehealth program

    LAUREL FORK – Tri-Area Community Health Center in Laurel Fork has been selected by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to host a Connected Care pilot program that will support telehealth for low-income Americans living in rural areas, including health care services to veterans.

    The clinic was the stage for a press conference on Wednesday with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, representatives from Gov. Ralph Northam’s office and local officials to announce the $100 million project.

  • Locals among 191 indicted in meth bust

    Staff Report

    A Patrick County special grand jury has returned more than 650 indictments on 191 individuals, including a number from Carroll County.

    In a news release, Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith said the indictments were the result of a large-scale undercover narcotics operation, led by his office, that spanned nearly two years.

    The grand jury convened on June 6 and 7 to certify formal charges, most of which are for distribution of methamphetamine and heroin, along with several firearms charges related to drug distribution.