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  • $16 million lawsuit filed in Easter Sunday crashes

    UPDATED 4/6/14:

  • Defense submits suppression brief in Jones case

    A court brief filed on behalf of Matthew Steven Jones seeks to suppress a photographic identification procedure that was used in accusing him of the first-degree murder of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George of Fries.

    The brief was filed in Grayson County Circuit Court through his attorney, Karen Boyer of Hillsville.

    George, 33, was reported missing on April 16, 2013. Her body was found weeks later in a ditch beside Brush Creek Road. A witness said she saw Jones near the area at night around the same date and spoke with him before continuing on her way.

  • Commissioner denied raise request

    HILLSVILLE - The Carroll County Board of Supervisors denied a requested increase in salary for four employees of the commissioner of revenue office.
    Commissioner of Revenue Fran McPherson first brought her request for raises in May. The request came after a recent combination of her office with the county's assessor's office. Supervisors decided to table the request, and revisit the matter after the merger took effect.
    McPherson asked for a raise for her employees, but did not request an increase for herself.

  • Safety plans underway for flea market

    HILLSVILLE - While flea market vendors are busy setting up colorful displays to sell during Labor Day weekend in Hillsville, local authorities and rescue squads are implementing strategies to keep streets safe for shoppers.
    This effort, spearheaded by the Hillsville Police Department and Carroll County rescue squads in years past, is to ensure safety from health-, crime- or traffic-related injuries.

  • School Board approves refinancing

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Public Schools will save nearly $69,000 after approving refinancing of local bonds previously used for renovations and maintenance projects throughout the county.
    Originally referred to as the "$995k" bonds, the Series 2005D Non-Subsidized Loans were used for renovations at Fries Middle School and for various maintenance projects that were approved by the school board after excess funds were found in May.

  • Fire destroys Pine Crest Apartments in Galax

    A fire of unknown origin caused extensive damage at Pine Crest Apartments at 1145 S. Main St. in Galax early Thursday.
    Upon arrival, firefighters found half of the apartment complex fully engulfed in flames, including the second story and one ground floor room, according to Galax Fire Captain Mike Ayers.

  • Galax man charged with attempted murder

    A spokesperson for Galax Police Chief Rick Clark advised that Austin Kenneth Rupert Wagg, 20, of Galax has been arrested and charged with multiple offenses by the Galax Police Department.

  • Antique store, coffee shop to close in Galax

    After 21 years of operations, the Antique Apple and George's Cones and Coffee of downtown Galax are closing this Saturday.

    “We've been blessed,” said George Valdez, co-owner, with his wife Kathy, who are retiring and hope to sell the businesses.

    The antique and gift shop started out in the old Truitt Dress Shop building across the street before the business outgrew it. The Valdezes say they bought their second, current location from Barry Greene, executor of the Globman's company.

  • Judy Bolt new Galax HR Director

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and SHANNON WATKINS

    Staff

  • Governor announces 50 new jobs in Grayson County

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe made a special trip to Grayson County Monday, to make two important economic development announcements that will provide 50 additional jobs to the area.
    The Governor announced that Hansen Turbine, which operates a plant on Edmonds Road and manufactures coating spray applications for the aircraft and turbine parts coating industry, will invest $2.5 million to expand its plant in Grayson County, creating 25 new jobs.