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  • Town's tax hike is first in 13 years

    FRIES — The Town of Fries has approved a $1.4 million budget for fiscal year 2017-18.

    The budget approved at the town council’s June meeting includes a 3-cent tax rate increase and other increases for water and sewer rates.

    It is the first tax increase seen in the town in 13 years.

    In previous budget meetings, council members explained that the tax increases were needed to help pay for future projects like upgrades to the town’s water plant.

  • Galax to name new fitness center for Deputy Bartlett

    Plans are in the works for a fitness center at Galax High School that would be named in honor of Carroll County Deputy Curtis Bartlett.

    Bartlett, who was killed in a line of duty crash in March, was a GHS graduate and was very passionate about nutrition and fitness throughout his life.

    According to GHS Principal Justin Iroler, the project has been in discussion for about a month-and-a-half. Bartlett’s father, Sam, contacted school officials after the Lift Life Foundation reached out to him.

  • Rosenbaum won’t seek re-election

    INDEPENDENCE — Eddie Rosenbaum has announced that he will not run for another term on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.
    In a recent interview, Rosenbaum said that, due to health problems, he will not join the race to retain his Wilson District seat on the board this November.
    His term will be finished at the end of December.

  • McCraw, Webb win nomination

    Two new names will be on the November ballot in Carroll County, vying to fill open seats on the board of supervisors.

    After Tuesday’s Republican primaries in the Laurel Fork and Fancy Gap districts, newcomers Joe Neil Webb and Phillip R. McCraw took top honors respectively.

    No Democrats filed by Tuesday’s deadline to run in the November election.

    In Laurel Fork, incumbent Joshua Hendrick fell to Webb by nearly 100 votes. Hendrick earned 198 total votes (42 percent) while Webb earned 278 (58 percent).

  • Gillespie, Northam will face off for governor

    Landmark News Services and Staff Reports

    Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam will face former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie in the race for Virginia’s governor this fall after each candidate won their party’s primary election Tuesday.

    Northam won 56 percent of the vote statewide, and former Congressman Tom Periello won 44 percent.

  • City had no traffic deaths last year

    Staff Report

    Galax is among 21 Virginia localities that did not report a traffic fatality in 2016, and the city has experienced a marked decrease in traffic accidents since lowering the speed limit on Stuart Drive four years ago.

    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles commended the localities that had no fatalities in a statement this week.

    Fifteen of the 21 jurisdictions without a fatality were cities.

    There were 761 crash deaths in Virginia last year. Carroll County reported six, and Grayson County reported three.

  • Traffic stop results in drug charges

    Staff Report

    A traffic stop in Galax resulted in drug charges for a city resident.

    Martina Victoria Hall, 28, of Galax, was charged by Officer Silverio Gonzales, who was assigned to traffic safety duties as part of a Virginia DMV-funded traffic safety grant, according to a report from the Galax Police Department. Hall was stopped on June 5. Gonzales discovered suspected cocaine, marijuana and a Schedule IV substance in her possession, according to the report.

  • Grayson opens sealed indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Six more sealed indictments issued by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met in Independence on April 28 have been opened.

    Indictments against three people were sealed until the suspects were arrested.

    Three indictments were handed down against Brian James Hayes of Whitetop. They included one count of grand larceny of a firearm, one count of larceny with the intent to sell stolen property; and one count of possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.

  • Galax/Carroll Relay for Life raises $59,600

    HILLSVILLE — The Galax/Carroll County Relay for Life held on June 9 at Thompson Field of Carroll County High School raised $59,600 towards the 2017 goal, and the local teams have until September to reach their overall goal of $65,000 to help the American Cancer Society.

    This year’s theme was “Relay Around the World” and each team’s campsite represented a different country.

    Attendees enjoyed food, face painting, a water balloon toss, inflatables and other games throughout the evening.

  • JUNE 13 PRIMARY RESULTS

    Unofficial results of the June 13 primaries, from the Virginia State Board of Elections

    CARROLL SUPERVISORS: FANCY GAP DISTRICT

    Ronnie Collins

    • St. Paul — 47 (27%)

    • Mount Bethel — 22 (29%)

    • Lambsburg — 42 (33%)

    • Fancy Gap — 42 (53%)

    • Absentee — 5 (45%)

    • TOTAL — 158 (34%)

    G.G. “Greg” Spencer