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  • 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.

  • Seized drugs include marijuana gummy bears

    Staff Report

    FRIES — A routine traffic stop resulted in drug charges against an Ivanhoe man.

    According to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Ryan Gravely stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Stevens Creek Road and Sheep Grove Road in Fries for being improperly registered.

    Gravely detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, the report said. A search of vehicle revealed nearly a pound of marijuana, including cannabis gummy bears and drug paraphernalia.

  • VFW official commends Hillsville post

    HILLSVILLE – Members of the Grover King VFW Post 1115 welcomed 2017 Junior Vice Commander in Chief William J. “Doc” Schmitz for a ceremony and meal on March 21.

  • Northam signs 'Ashanti Alert' into law for missing, abducted adults

    Landmark News Service

    Gov. Ralph Northam signed a local lawmaker’s missing adult alert system bill into law last week.

    The “critically missing adult” alert would be sent out by the Virginia State Patrol for missing adults whose “whereabouts are unknown, who is believed to have been abducted and whose disappearance poses a credible threat to their health and safety.”