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  • I-77 safety signs to be installed this summer

    FANCY GAP — Motorists traveling Interstate 77 will notice new signs and weather detection stations being installed in Carroll County between mile markers 0 and 15 to inform them of changing traffic and weather conditions on Fancy Gap Mountain.

    A total of 76 signs of various types and three additional weather detection stations will be put in place this summer in support of the active traffic and safety management system.

    The signage includes regular static signs, electronic message boards and variable speed limit signs.

  • Traffic change coming to U.S. 58

    A traffic pattern change for the U.S. 58 traffic project in Carroll County will go into effect Thursday.

    Weather permitting, the new pattern will begin at U.S. 58 and Virginia 653 (Dust Trail Road) and extend about .7 mile, then connect back into the current travel lane at .5 mile west of Virginia 638 (Dugspur Road).

    Traffic is being placed on a newly constructed section of the eastbound lane in order to construct the westbound lanes.

    The U.S. 58 improvements are being made in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties.

  • Two charged for drug paraphernalia

    Two people were arrested in Galax last week after a police canine alerted on their vehicle during a traffic stop.

    Sgt. Shawny Jones and Officer Jeremiah Foutch stopped a vehicle operated by Ronald E. Byrd, 33, of Fries, for improper registration, according to a Galax Police Department report. The officer’s observations caused them to request Sgt. Jacob Vaughan and a police canine trained in narcotics detection.

  • Woman meets canine rescuer

    FRIES — A Fries woman is safe and sound thanks to search efforts from local authorities and a bloodhound’s skilled nose, after she went missing from her home earlier this month.

    On July 13 at approximately 8:40 a.m., members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police responded to Honey Dew Lane in Fries, to a report of a missing senior citizen.

  • Truck crashes into barn on Cranberry

    A single-vehicle wreck in the 2000 block of Cranberry Road left no injuries but apparently extensive property damage on July 21 at 1:15 p.m. according to Virginia State Trooper S.M. Cochran.

    A truck hauling an open trailer, driven by Randolph Shawn Turman, 42, of Dugspur, headed away from E. Stuart Drive, came around a curve too fast, the trailer jackknifed and pushed the truck off the road into a small barn, said Cochran.

  • Galax/Carroll Relay for Life set for July 25

    HILLSVILLE — Walkers will go around the track in the battle against cancer when the 2015 American Cancer Society Relay For Life for Galax and Carroll County gets underway on Saturday.

    Teams made up of local volunteers will gather at Carroll County High School on July 25 from 4-11 p.m.

  • Drivers urged to take break from interstate

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Department of Tourism, The Town of Independence and the Independence Farmers’ Market have partnered to participate in the second annual “Take a Break from the Interstate” Highway 21 yard sale on July 24-26.

    Although the event itself is fairly new, the “Take A Break from the Interstate” road market has a history that dates back to the early 1980s, when DW and Barbara Miles developed the idea and trademark when Interstate 77 opened.

  • Plane crash cause still unknown

    A preliminary report was issued by the National Transportation Safety Board regarding the crash of a Piper Cherokee Warrior on July 1 near the Twin County Airport.

    NTSB officials said that the final report on the crash may be more than a year away.

  • Hillsville, VFW continue trash talk

    HILLSVILLE — The veterans’ organization that sponsors the annual Labor Day Gun Show & Flea Market in Hillsville wants the town to pick up the fee for dumping trash after the event, which brings an estimated 100,000 people to the area over the holiday weekend.

    Hillsville Town Council’s agenda on July 13 was void of items, save for a few discussions requested by town citizens. Council members spoke with Andrew Bowman, the flea market manager for VFW Post #1115, who first brought the request to council in June.

  • City council honors student athletes

    Several Galax High School athletes were honored at Galax City Council’s July 13 meeting, including the state champion soccer team.

    The GHS Boys’ Soccer Team was recognized for winning its second consecutive State 1A Championship, finishing the year 20-1. Brian Estrada, Felix Medina and Edgar Guzman were congratulated for their First Team All-State recognition; Dominic DiGiacomo was honored for this, as well as winning state 1A Player of the Year.