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  • $16 million lawsuit filed in Easter Sunday crashes

    UPDATED 4/6/14:

  • Turman fire proves difficult

    Details about a boiler fire at Turman's Flooring in Galax were unavailable at press time, but the Galax Fire Department and Galax-Grayson EMS responded to an alert at 11:23 a.m. on Wednesday and were still fighting the tenacious blaze late into the afternoon.

    Multiple engines were on scene, along with the department's 102-foot ladder truck, to hose the boiler down. While no fire was visible from the ground, smoke was in evidence; firefighters were engaged in a multistage process to extinguish the blaze throughout the hardwood flooring plant in West Galax.

  • Naturalists to explore Grayson's highlands

    The 2015 Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally begins May 8 in Grayson County, beginning with the annual dinner in Konnarock.

    The event begins at 5 p.m. on Friday with registration and sign-ups for field trips to be held Saturday. For those only interested in the field trips, registration resumes at 7 a.m. on Saturday, at the Konnarock Community Center.

    There are morning and afternoon outings, with a hotdog lunch break in between. There will be cultural hikes to historic Troutdale and Fairwood Valley.

  • Hillsville could require utility rate hike to balance budget

    HILLSVILLE — Water and wastewater expenses will be a major factor in planning for the Town of Hillsville’s 2015-16 budget.

    Town officials held a budget workshop April 28, where a rough draft of the proposal was presented to council by Town Manager Retta Jackson and town Treasurer LeAnna Hines.

  • Williams seeks court clerk post in Grayson

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Democratic candidate Robert “Bobby” Williams presented his campaign platform during an April 21 kick-off event in the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence.

    Williams, currently an independent legal research consultant, hopes to unseat the one-term incumbent candidate, Republican Susan Herrington, in the Nov. 3 election.

  • CCMS students evacuated for bomb threat

    HILLSVILLE ― Students were evacuated from Carroll County Middle School Tuesday morning, after reports of a bomb threat put the school on lockdown for more than an hour.

    According to an official report from Principal Marc Quesenberry, the administrative office received a report from a teacher Tuesday morning, saying that a student informed them of a threatening message on a bathroom wall. Upon investigation, the teacher confirmed that there was a written bomb threat on the wall.

  • Galax budget balances with tax increase

    Galax’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 is down, due to the completion of several projects, but rising costs will necessitate an increase in the real estate tax.

    According to City Manager Keith Barker, the budget balances with a 5.8 percent increase in the real estate tax, from $.69 to $.73 per $100 assessed value.

    Without the real estate tax increase, Barker said there would be a $175,000 deficit in the general fund.

  • Man charged with grand larceny, burglary

    A Laurel Fork man has been arrested and charged in connection with a burglary that was reported on April 26, according to a Galax Police Department report.

    Galax police responded to Ward’s Auto and U-Haul Rental on Jefferson Street in the city, where the owner reported that someone had broken in to the business, the report said. The victim discovered a 2007 Ford Truck had been stolen, after the suspect allegedly obtained the keys during the burglary.

  • Materials donated for Fries center revitalization

    FRIES — The Fries Community Center is one step closer to getting a shiny new makeover, thanks to a recent donation of siding material from a company in Pulaski.

    Mayor Richard Farmer confirmed that James Hardie Inc., a construction and remodeling company, has donated materials to replace the old siding on the community center building.

    The material has already been brought to the town, and Farmer says the next step is securing funds to install it. He noted that the material is enough to cover most of the building, if not all of it.

  • Riders oppose closing horse trails

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A group of Grayson County area horseback riding enthusiasts is speaking out against a U.S. Forest Service proposal to close 80 percent of the trails its members use in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.