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  • Jessup challenges Tate for council seat

    HILLSVILLE – A seat on the Hillsville Town Council for the Sulphur Springs District is up for grabs in the May 1 election, as Barry L. Jessup has challenged incumbent William L. Tate Jr.

    William L. Tate Jr.

    Tate, who was raised in and has been a life-long resident of Hillsville, has 18 years of experience as a council member and served two terms as the town’s mayor.

    Tate is also a member of Victory Way Baptist Church.

  • N.C. police kill man wielding machete

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    SPARTA, N.C. – A Sparta man died in an officer-involved shooting that occurred in the lobby of the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

    According to a press release provided by the sheriff’s office, Chad Eric Montgomery, 39, went to the sheriff’s office and asked to speak to a deputy.

  • TCRH opening cardiology clinic

    Twin County Regional Healthcare (TCRH) has announced the opening of Twin County Cardiology on April 16 and welcomed Dr. Paul A. Suri.

    Twin County Cardiology will be temporarily located in the Twin County Surgery practice, at 225 Hospital Drive in Galax.

    In a news release, TCRH said cardiology nursing staff members from the community have joined the Twin County Cardiology team.

  • Parents, educators discuss school safety

    HILLSVILLE – Parents and citizens of Carroll County capitalized on the opportunity to express their concerns and ideas regarding school safety on a local level at the Parent Connect meeting that was held at Carroll County Middle School on April 5.

  • Galax opens recycling station

    Galax’s new recycling center, located next to the animal shelter, is ready for use, Galax City Council learned at its March 26 meeting.

    “We have rented a dumpster to put at the recycling location this time,” City Manager Keith Barker said.

    The bin is “limited to three slots, for plastics, aluminum and cardboard right now,” Barker said. Grayson County, which is providing pickup and recycling services, has ordered a new dumpster to be delivered around April 16 or 17, which will have four slots, he said. The fourth will be for paper.

  • Officer tussles with fugitive

    Staff Reports

    Two people wanted on outstanding warrants were arrested in separate incidents in Galax last week.

    On April 3, a man at the Galax Walmart approached Grayson County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Bobby Jones, who was off-duty, according to a police report.

    Jones became suspicious of the man, identified himself as a police officer and summoned the Galax police to his location.

  • Social Services director faces third charge

    Staff Report

    The director of Grayson County Social Services has again been charged with public intoxication, according to a recent incident report filed by the Galax Police Department.

    This is the third charge of a similar nature that Anthony Isom has received in different localities in less than a month. According to earlier police reports, Isom was charged with public intoxication in Grayson County on March 19 after being found walking along Skyline Highway; followed by a DUI and other charges on March 20 in Smyth County.

  • Mohawk to expand in Carroll County

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – Mohawk Industries will expand its manufacturing operation in Carroll County, thanks to a $95,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

    The project will preserve existing jobs and add several new positions at the carpet and flooring company’s Hillsville plant, according to a news release from the commission.

    The grant was awarded based on six new jobs, 120 retained jobs and $6.9 million in capital investment, said Jordan Butler, public relations coordinator for the commission.

  • School addresses walkout concerns

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County’s schools superintendent says a student protest could have gone forward without any repercussions for students, if they had worked with the administration as originally planned.

    Last week, Superintendent Dr. Shirley Perry released a statement in response to a recent news report about an organized student walkout at Carroll County High School that took place on March 20.

  • Man arrested, stolen car recovered

    Staff Report

    FRIES — A Galax man was charged in connection with a stolen vehicle, after a caller related to the vehicle’s owner spotted him driving in the area.

    Jacob Walker Lynch, 30, of 870 Savannah Road, has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, according to a news release from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan.