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  • Firefighters say recent calls a reminder to clean flues, chimneys

    The cold and snow last weekend kept neither the threat of fire or the response of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department at bay, according to a report issued by Capt. Mike Ayers.

    On Jan. 7 at 8:44 p.m., firefighters responded to a structure fire at 324 Bee Line Drive. Members arrived in the sub-zero wind chill to find a flue fire and proceeded to close the dampers on the stove, check the house for fire that had escaped the flue, and use ladders to reach the roof in the snow to check the flue itself.

  • Fire damages Galax apartment

    Staff Report

    Two families were displaced by an apartment fire on Jan. 11 in Galax.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched last Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. to a reported structure fire at 405 Givens Street, according to Capt. Mike Ayers.

    Firefighters arrived to find a two-story apartment building with fire blowing out of the windows on the front and right of the structure. The building housed two apartments upstairs and one (under renovation and unoccupied) downstairs.

  • Arrests include drugs, break-ins, assault

    Staff Reports

    A Sparta, N.C., man arrested in Galax last month is also the suspect in a crash involving a stolen car.

    Taylor Nathaniel Tower, 30, of Sparta, N.C., was arrested on Dec. 29 by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for felony breaking and entering with intent to commit assault and battery, and larceny and felony grand larceny (stealing property not from a person valued at more than $200).

  • 3 departments respond to Elk Creek fire

    Staff Report

    ELK CREEK ― Three local fire departments were dispatched to a fully-involved structure fire last Thursday morning, using more than 16,000 gallons of water to extinguish the blaze.

    According to a report from Assistant Chief Roger Watson of the Elk Creek Volunteer Fire Department, the department was called to 523 Falls Road at 12:40 p.m. on Jan. 5. Upon arrival, firefighters found the residence fully engulfed in flames.

  • Citizen's Guide to the 2017 General Assembly

    Landmark News Service

    Professional lobbyists aren’t the only ones who can have a voice at the General Assembly in Richmond. Thanks to the internet, you can see what legislators are up to and share your opinions.

    Here’s a guide to the basics for this year’s session, which begins Jan. 11 and runs through February

    Do Your Homework

    Become familiar with the legislation beyond what you read or hear.

  • Flu virus at widespread levels in Virginia

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    If it seems like everyone around you is wheezing and sneezing, it’s not your imagination.

    The flu is at the widespread level in Virginia.

    The commonwealth achieved that viral state at the tail end of December, according to statistics kept by the Virginia Department of Health.

    That’s earlier than last year when the high flu season didn’t arrive until February.

  • Weekend snow causes crashes in Twin Counties

    Snow caused questionable road conditions this past weekend in the Twin Counties and beyond. According to Sgt. T.S. Todd from the Galax area office of the Virginia State Police, troopers responded to 15 accidents and 25 disabled or stuck vehicles this weekend, most of them on Friday evening when what amounted to six inches of snow started falling.

  • Help sought for wreck victims

    MOUTH OF WILSON ― Two fundraising campaigns have been created to assist a local couple injured in a single-vehicle crash on Dec. 29, 2016.

    According to a report from the Virginia State Police, the accident occurred on Dec. 29, along Route 58 in the Rugby area. A 2002 Dodge pickup truck operated by Codey Grimes, 20, of Independence, was traveling through the area when he lost control of the vehicle, according to the police report.

  • Gun fired during dispute

    Staff Report

    A Galax man was charged Jan. 1 in a domestic dispute that reportedly led to a weapon being fired inside a Pipers Gap residence.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Sgt. Cody Edwards investigated a domestic dispute in the Pipers Gap section of Carroll County on Jan. 1.

  • Carroll looks to N.C. for water source

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    CANA – One of the projects on the drawing board this year for the Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) is to provide public water to the Meadowbrook community in Cana.

    One idea is to drill more wells while another, and possibly the cheapest route, is to buy water from neighboring Mount Airy, N.C.