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  • Carroll school buses collide

    HILLSVILLE – Local emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle crash between two Carroll County School buses that occurred in Hillsville on Wednesday evening.

    According to reports from Hillsville Police Department Officer Austin Atkins, the accident took place at approximately 3:40 p.m. near the Virginia Department of Transportation office on Virginia Street. The driver of Carroll County Bus #14, Kendra Holt Leonard, 37, of Cana, failed to stop, running into the back of Carroll County Bus #68, driven by Jason Daniel Easter, 37, of Cana.

  • Nothing to 'L.O.L.' about: toy scam cheats parents

    Staff Report

    Every year, there’s one “must-have” toy on most kids’ holiday wish list.

    The toy sells out fast and therefore becomes expensive and hard to find.

    This year’s hot pick is the L.O.L. Surprise! dolls and dollhouse, and the Better Business Bureau is alerting consumers that scammers are using the toy’s popularity to cheat parents out of their money.

  • Beware of puppy scams this holiday season

    The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is alerting consumers to be careful with where they are looking for their next furry family member this holiday season.

    Few things pull at a person’s heartstrings like an adorable puppy or cuddly kitten. Scammers know this. And BBB Scam Tracker has seen an increase in people losing money to pet scams this holiday season.

  • Galax man helped out after Cal. wildfires

    Will Page of Galax went to California as a member of the Mountain Empire chapter of Red Cross last month to help those displaced by the Camp Fire in the Paradise-Chico area.

    Despite its cozy name, the Camp Fire has caused at least 86 fatalities and destroyed 13,972 residences, 528 commercial buildings and 4,293 other buildings, according to Cal Fire, a division of the California government.

  • Haga to serve 20 years

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Adam Lee Haga, 44, of Galax, will serve 20 years in prison for sex crimes against children, after being sentenced in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    According to a news release Monday by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Haga appeared before the Grayson County Circuit Court for allegations that he had molested children.

  • Carroll addresses water issues

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Public Service Authority met on Monday night to discuss project updates and a recent water leak in the Cana community.

    PSA Director Jessica Montgomery began with an update on the Cana well improvements project, which is funded by a Mount Rogers Planning District Commission grant for $100,000. “The grant amount is working out with dollar to dollar [costs], and Mount Rogers will accept well-related repairs, as they have done in the past.”

  • Governor announces school safety plan

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed state budget features an additional $39 million in new money for investments to ensure safe learning environments for Virginia’s K-12 students.

    Northam also is proposing to allocate $36 million to fund additional school counselors across the commonwealth, and additional money to provide training for school resource officers.

  • Cornett to promote Grayson tourism

    INDEPENDENCE — Tourism continues to be a top priority in Grayson, and less than one month into her new position as tourism support specialist, Tracy Cornett is excited to promote what the county has to offer.

    Cornett officially began her new position on Nov. 19. She filled the seat previously occupied by Rhonda Sproviero, who announced in November that she would be taking a full-time position in the county’s building department.

  • High Speed Chase Ends in Crash

    A high-speed vehicle pursuit on Thursday evening resulted in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 being shut down and a Virginia State Police trooper being transported for medical attention after the stolen vehicle plowed into his car and flipped it over.

    According to a state police report, shortly before 5 p.m. on Dec. 13, the VSP was requested to assist the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office with the pursuit of a stolen Jeep Cherokee that had refused to stop for a Wythe deputy on Interstate 81.

  • Police Investigate Bomb Threats

    HILLSVILLE – Vanguard Furniture in Carroll County is an unlikely target for an international email hoax that tried to extort victims out of the online “cryptocurrency” bitcoin, but that’s what happened Dec. 13.

    Local law enforcement is collaborating with the FBI and the Virginia State Police after responding to a bomb threat that occurred last Thursday afternoon at the plant in the Carroll County Industrial Park.