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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 4/9/18

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  • 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.

  • Foster sisters' senior project benefits Galax Social Services

    Two Galax high school students have created a swinging senior project: a four-man captain’s choice benefit golf tournament, to be held on April 14 at the Blue Ridge Country Club.

    Skylar Morgan and Sarah Wyatt are the organizers, even though, as they both admit with giggles, Wyatt isn’t much for golf. The funds raised will become a cash donation to the Galax Department of Social Services foster care program, which both of them have some experience with.

  • 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.”

  • Drug lab explosion results in charges

    DUGSPUR – An investigation into a house explosion last year in Dugspur has led the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department to make two arrests, after spending several months deciphering the evidence discovering what caused the incident.

    The January 2017 explosion at a basement drug lab in a home on Old Mabry Place cracked walls and foundations, blew out windows and sent one man to the hospital with serious burn injuries.

  • Pastor leaves to continue son's mission

    Inspiration sometimes leads people in unexpected directions: Pastor Sam Bartlett of First Baptist Church of Galax announced recently that he will be leaving his position in order to promote his late son’s legacy, Police Fitness; and a career in public speaking to support that work.

    “Police Fitness, the nonprofit that we have started, has been very demanding of my time,” said Bartlett, “because there has been a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and interest about our mission, that the first responders be fit to serve.”

  • Grayson approves school budget

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved its 2018-2019 school operating budget at its March 15 meeting in the amount of $22 million.

    Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said the budget contains a 2 percent raise for all school employees and renovations to buildings, including $75,000 for a new roof at the Grayson County High School auditorium, $11,000 for a new metal roof on the field house and $80,000 for the CATE Center renovations.