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  • Grayson schools must give back unused funds

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors recently approved a request from the school board to appropriate the remaining balance of the Fiscal Year 2016 school board budget.

    The supervisors discussed and approved this motion with an amendment requesting the return of carryover funds during their April 14 meeting.

  • Political poll shows loyalty gap in Virginia

    Landmark News Service

    Should embattled front-runner Donald Trump win the Republican Party presidential nomination, close to one in three GOP voters in Virginia say they won’t support him in November, according to a poll released this month.

  • Two injured in Cana crash

    CANA – An accident in Cana sent two individuals to the hospital on Wednesday. A male and female were both trapped in the vehicle for a period of time.

    According to reports from Virginia State Police, around 2:45 p.m., officials were dispatched to a single-vehicle accident on Epworth Road in the Cana area of Carroll County. A 2002 Nissan Maxima was traveling on Epworth, near the intersection with T&T Lane, when the vehicle swerved off the side of the road. The Maxima hit a tree, overturned on its side and landed on a fence.

  • United Way volunteers 'spike for a cause'

    More than 90 players on eight different teams competed in United Way of Southwest Virginia’s first-ever “Spike for a Cause” volleyball tournament at the Galax Recreation Center April 9.

    According to Resource Development Manager Ashley Bartee, the event raised $2,501, funds which will go back into the community through various United Way programs.

  • Former rescue captain from Galax faces 31 drug charges

    Copyright 2016, The Wytheville Enterprise

    Reprinted with permission

    WYTHEVILLE — The former captain of the Wythe County Rescue Squad is facing 31 counts of obtaining drugs by fraud, deceit and/or forgery.

    On April 18, a grand jury handed down direct indictments against 27-year-old Dustin Hazlewood of Galax, accusing him of obtaining fentanyl and morphine, to which he had access as an employee of the WCRS and as a volunteer with Guardian Ambulance Service in Wytheville.

  • Hillsville amends budget proposal

    HILLSVILLE – Hillsville Town Council has accepted an amended $2.6 million budget proposal and will move forward with a public hearing before final approval and adoption of the budget for fiscal year 2016-2017.

    Town Treasurer LeAnna Surratt presented an amended budget proposal to council at the April 25 regular meeting.

    As of Monday, general fund revenues were estimated to be about $6,617 less than anticipated expenditures.

  • Galax adds RexFest to festival calendar

    Though the long-running Galax Leaf & String Festival is no more, the city will have a new music festival this year — RexFest

    At its April 11 meeting, Galax City Council voted to approve a request for a new festival to be held in downtown this September.

    Tourism Director Ray Kohl brought council a proposal for RexFest, conceived of by Stevie Barr of Barr’s Fiddle Shop. The event would be held on Sept. 24 and be headlined by popular country act Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, along with 11 supporting bands.

  • Berry charged with drug possession, shoplifting

    Staff Report

    Brian Edward Berry, 26, of Mount Airy, N.C., was arrested on April 17 at 6 p.m. by Galax Police Officer Terry Woods for felony possession of a Schedule I or II drug and misdemeanor shoplifting of goods valued at less than $200.

    According to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, the narcotics were discovered in a search incident to arrest.

  • Gazette sports writer wins Virginia Press awards

    Gazette sports editor Craig Worrell was named a first place winner in two sports content categories by the Virginia Press Association in judging for its contest of 2015 news entries.

    Worrell won first place awards for sports writing portfolio and sports news photo.

    The writing portfolio included a feature written about local sports enthusiast Tommy Adams upon his death in January 2015. Adams was paralyzed for the last 40 years of his life after an accident at age 14.

  • N.C. man dies in logging truck accident

    HILLSVILLE – A single vehicle accident on Interstate 77 on April 24 resulted in the death of a Statesville, N.C., man.

    The accident occurred at the 18 mile-marker in the northbound median in Carroll County.

    According to a Virginia State Police report, a 1995 International tractor-trailer owned by Gregory Trucking of Union Grove, N.C., was hauling a load of lumber when the driver drifted off the left side of the road into the median. The truck continued in the median into a wooded area, where it hit a tree head-on.