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  • Greene, Mitchell seeking re-election

    Two longtime members of Galax City Council are seeking re-election in the May 1 election.

    C.M. Mitchell is running again this year to hold the position on Galax City Council he’s held since 1986. He has been mayor since 1992, having been appointed by his peers on council.

    Willie Greene, 24-year veteran of council, is also in the running to retain his seat. He has served all but the first six of his years on council as vice mayor.

    Mitchell and Greene are among the five candidates seeking four council seats this year.

  • Fries receives playground grant

    FRIES — The Town of Fries has received a $15,000 “Let’s Play” grant, to fund a project started in 2016 to replace the playground equipment in the town park.

    The announcement was made at the Fries Town Council’s April meeting, by Kim Mallory, Fries resident and volunteer for the playground project.

    “So far, we’ve raised $6,500 for this project; and with this grant, the total is now $21,500,” Mallory told council members.

  • Sport growing, but Grayson lacks track

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Track is the fastest growing sport in the Grayson County school system, but the program has a big problem – no track.

    Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the Grayson County School Board at its April 9 meeting that there are more than 40 runners on this year’s track team, but to practice they have to run the streets and highways around Independence, which he feels “is dangerous.”

  • Hughes bids farewell as town manager

    INDEPENDENCE — Jerry Hughes has announced that he will soon retire from his position as Independence’s town manager.

    Hughes has served in his leadership role since September 2012, and had originally planned to leave the position in January. Recently, he confirmed that he is extending the date to assist in continuing various town projects until town council hires a new manager.

  • Work at Byllesby Dam will close New River portage until fall

    The Byllesby Dam portage and public boat ramp on New River in Carroll County will be closed effective April 30 to allow the safe completion of construction work, according to a news release from Appalachian Power (APCo).

    The Byllesby Dam and powerhouse, and its sister Buck Dam and powerhouse downstream, are operated by APCo. Byllesby has been producing electricity since 1912.

  • Carroll moves money, hears road repair requests

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors transferred funds for the sheriff’s department and Cana Refuse at its April 9 meeting, and held a hearing on road maintenance and repairs.
    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office requested that $10,500 in vacancy savings from its salary budget line item be transferred into the court part-time fund to cover additional costs for courtroom security and for law enforcement academy expenses.

  • State committee will look at needs of aging schools

    Sen. Bill Stanley Jr. (R), who represents Carroll County and Galax in the Virginia Senate, will chair a new subcommittee, the first ever to look at school facility modernization in the commonwealth.
    Among the bipartisan committee’s members is another local representative, Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County).

  • Ritchie enters council race

    Political newcomer and longtime Galax resident Sharon Ritchie is running for Galax City Council.
    Ritchie is owner of downtown’s Chapters Bookshop the Wine Cellar at Chapters, president of the Galax Downtown Association and a member of the Galax Historical Society Board and Foundation for Excellence in Education.

  • Benefit concert will help Carter Home renovation

    HILLSVILLE – Managers and volunteers of the historic Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Home in Hillsville have been working diligently to raise funds in hopes of continuing restoring the interior design and paying for maintenance and repairs to the building’s foundation and grounds.

    A fundraiser concert will be held this weekend to bring in more money for those efforts.

  • Two more sentenced for drug conspiracy

    ABINGDON — Two more people convicted as a result of the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation have been sentenced in federal court, after pleading guilty to being part of a methamphetamine distribution network.

    The joint local, state and federal investigation sought to dismantle a major drug trafficking organization. Federal prosecutors said large quantities of meth were being transported from Greensboro, N.C., to be distributed in Galax, Grayson County and Carroll County in Virginia and in Surry County, N.C.