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  • Meth found during Hillsville traffic stop

    HILLSVILLE – A traffic stop by the Hillsville Police Department resulted in an arrest after officers discovered methamphetamine inside the vehicle.

    According to a report from Hillsville Police Chief Shannon Goad, the stop occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. on May 14, in an area off of Upland Street in Hillsville.

    The stop was made by Officer Austin Atkins, who reported observing a silver Dodge Ram pickup truck traveling with a malfunctioning taillight on the driver’s side.

  • Monday is deadline to register to vote in June 11 primary

    Staff Report

    The deadline to register to vote in the June 11 primary election is today, Monday.

    May 20 is also the last day voters can make sure their information (such as address or name) is up to date. Voters can register or update their registration information in person at their local voter registration office until 5 p.m. or online at vote.virginia.gov until 11:59 p.m.

    Virginia does not require voters to list a party preference when registering, but voters can only cast a ballot in one party’s primary.

  • Nothing 'Pleasant' about road, residents say

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors had a large crowd May 9 for a public hearing on the Virginia Department of Transportation’s upcoming road maintenance plans.

    Citizens from Pleasant Grove Road and other areas of the county petitioned Jeff Russell, who represented VDOT at the meeting, for updates on improvements to their roads. Several citizens reported unsafe road conditions due to high traffic, as well as damage caused by severe weather conditions in recent months.

  • Grayson chosen for 5G internet project

    INDEPENDENCE — State and local government leaders gathered at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence on Wednesday morning to announce new partnerships that will bring high-speed broadband internet to customers in Grayson County.

  • Food City remodel brings sushi to Galax store

    If you live in the Twin Counties, know your maki from your nigiri, and have longed for some fresh sushi options, take heart: the Galax Food City is about to make your wishes come true.

    The store is also looking to hire one part-time and two full-time sushi chefs, to be trained for about a week in Abingdon, according to Galax store manager Carolyn Roberts. She described the jobs as “fast-paced.”

    “The project will result in the creation of several new jobs for the area,” noted the release.

  • Galax police report recent arrests

    Staff Report

    Two suspects are in custody after separate pursuits, according to reports from the Galax Police Department.

    On May 1, Sgt. Jody Poole observed from his patrol car a subject he believed was wanted, according to a police report.

    After receiving confirmation this was the case, he attempted to stop the vehicle.

    After a brief chase the driver, David A. Musick, 32, of Galax, was arrested and charged with felony eluding police, reckless driving, driving on a suspended or revoked license and failure to obey a highway sign.

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  • Clark’s first book arrives after lifetime of writing

    TROUTDALE — Local author Deborah T. Clark will hold a reading for her new book, “Friend, Foe, or Family,” at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts on Friday at 4 p.m., followed by a signing at Chapters Book Shop at 5 p.m.

    Clark has won numerous literary honors, including first place prizes for fiction at Wytheville’s Chautauqua Writing Contest and the Sherwood Anderson Prize for Creative Writing.

    The Grayson County resident is a part-time reporter for The Gazette and The Declaration and a former teacher.

  • Project will bring internet ‘last mile’ to Carroll residents

    HILLSVILLE – The signing of a contract between local officials on Tuesday has launched a project to provide wireless internet services as an option for citizens in the Twin Counties.

    Carroll County, in partnership with the Wired Road Authority, the Virginia Tobacco Commission and private sector partner Gigabeam Networks, announced the Neighborhood Pole Project – a collaborative effort to bring high-speed broadband internet to unserved areas of the county.

  • Supervisors declare Carroll a gun rights ‘sanctuary’

    HILLSVILLE – By unanimous vote, the Carroll Board of Supervisors passed a resolution Monday night declaring the county a sanctuary for firearms and firearm owners.