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  • $16 million lawsuit filed in Easter Sunday crashes

    UPDATED 4/6/14:

  • Car crash snaps pole

    A car accident on Calloway Street in Galax left no known major injuries at present, but snapped a telephone pole in half.

    The one-vehicle crash occurred around 6 p.m. on Monday, July 28. A maroon 2002 Chevrolet SUV crashed into a telephone pole, snapping it near the base, according to emergency dispatch.

    An American Electric Power truck arrived on the scene shortly after the Galax Police Department and Galax-Grayson EMS.

  • Woman wins $1 million in state lottery

    After selling a winning $1 million scratch-off ticket, Cockerham’s Foodmart in Galax received $10,000 from the Virginia Lottery.

    “I was here when the winner came in and scratched it off,” said store manager Travis Felts. He described the winner as a regular at the Foodmart. “A lot of people talk about it. It’s helped all around – sales, gas, everything.”

  • Core will add new product lines

    INDEPENDENCE — After Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Core Health & Fitness LLC will invest $2 million to expand the former Med-Fit operation in Independence and employ 250 workers, two of the company’s executives spoke to The Gazette in more detail about Core Health’s plans.

    “We’ll be starting out with the same lines [and] with the same products that we made prior to the sale,” said Jon Little, vice president of operations.

    The plant makes Nautilus fitness equipment.

  • Vehicle rolls over, causes injury

    CANA ― First responders were called to a single vehicle accident in Cana on Wednesday afternoon, which resulted in injury after a vehicle rolled over.
    E-911 dispatch put out a call to 1346 Old Piper's Gap Road at approximately 3:44 p.m. on Wednesday, reporting that a person had been ejected from a vehicle, sustaining injury.

  • Worker dies in American Mirror accident

    UPDATED 7/27/14:

    The death of a Carroll County man in an industrial accident is being investigated by the Galax Police Department and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

    Benjamin Lee Hancock, 37, a maintenance worker at the American Mirror plant on East Stuart Drive in Galax, died July 23 when he became trapped in a piece of the factory’s equipment and suffocated, according to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

    Fire and rescue personnel extricated Hancock from the machine, but could not revive him.

  • Core bringing 250 jobs to Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today, Wednesday, that Core Health & Fitness LLC, a leader in developing and marketing advanced strength and cardio equipment for the fitness industry, will invest $2 million to expand the former Med-Fit operation in Grayson County.

    A news release announcing the deal said that Virginia successfully competed against California and China for the project, which will create 250 new jobs.

    At its height of production, Med-Fit employed around 100 people at the plant.

  • New mayor has plans for Fries

    FRIES — At the beginning of the month, members of Fries Town Council selected Richard Farmer as the town’s new mayor.

    Effective Sept. 1, Farmer will fill the spot formerly occupied by Gary Sumner.

    A native to the area, Farmer grew up in the town and spent most of his free time at the Fries Recreation Center, or as he called it, the YMCA. “It was my home… I grew up there,” he said.

    After graduating from Fries High School in 1965, Farmer moved away from the area, where he fulfilled a number of life goals.

  • Governor asked to slow training center closures

    Members of congress from Virginia are asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to consider slowing the closing of several training centers for the developmentally disabled, including a facility in Carroll County.

    One of those signing the bipartisan letter is Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-9th District), who represents Carroll and Grayson counties and the City of Galax.

  • After 69 years, veteran receives WWII medals

    FRIES — This year, during Independence Day celebrations in Grayson County, a World War II veteran and former prisoner of war from Fries received the medals he’d earned nearly 70 years ago.

    The towns of Independence and Fries each held celebrations to commend and honor Coy Shaffner on July 4. Shaffner was invited to ride in both the Independence and Fries parades, and ceremonies were scheduled to follow both parades, in which Shaffner was honored with his medals and ribbon board.