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  • Voter registration deadline is Oct. 14

    Oct. 14 is deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election.

    Virginians may apply to register to vote at a local registrar’s office or online at www.elections.virginia.gov. Or, customers may apply to register at Department of Motor Vehicles customer service offices.

    To apply online, eligible citizens must provide their Virginia DMV customer identifier number, displayed on DMV issued identification cards or driver’s licenses.

  • AEP offers help with Wildwood marketing

    A utility company and a consulting firm recently outlined how Wildwood Commerce Park can better qualify for prospective companies to locate there with site certification.

    Site certification is the sometimes complicated process of helping companies decide where to build. According to the presentation Sept. 17 at the Crossroads Institute in Galax, the decision-making process can include everything from what basic utilities each site offers to their regional placement and available workforce.

  • Tourism spending on the rise in Virginia

    Is Galax — “Virginia’s Best Pick” — living up to its motto?

    According to the United States Travel Association (USTA), who released data to the Virginia Tourism Corporation, it certainly looks that way.

    According to the USTA’s data, every region in Virginia posted an increase in tourism revenue last year, generating a total $21.5 billion in travel spending, supporting 213,000 jobs in Virginia and furnishing $842 million in state taxes and $581 million in local taxes.

  • Hurst named citizen of the month

    HILLSVILLE — Oren Hurst of Hillsville was honored by Town Council Member Bill Tate, who named him as September’s Citizen of the Month.

    Hurst was born in Carroll County, and has been a resident of Hillsville for 65 years. He attended Carroll County Public Schools, and graduated from Hillsville High School.

    During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in European combat forces and in occupation groups in Japan.

  • Galax teen in coma after being struck by car

    FRIES — A Galax teen was still being treated at Roanoke Memorial Hospital on Monday after being hit by a vehicle on Saturday and receiving severe injuries that resulted in a coma.

    According to a report filed by Trooper Jessie Tilson, who investigated the accident, Trinity Williams, 14, of Galax was traveling on Virginia 94 in Grayson County (Scenic Road) in a vehicle, when a piece of paper blew out of the car window. “She and her sister got out to get the paper, and they were walking back up the road with their back to traffic,” Tilson said.

  • Carroll will seek grant for new pool

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors is seeking a temporary grant writer to secure funds for a water park.

    At-Large Supervisor Sam Dickson broached the subject of hiring a grant writer at the board’s Sept. 8 meeting. “I realize that we are getting a lot of grants, but there is a possibility that things are being left out,” Dickson told the board. Specifically, he referred to the ongoing discussion about a pool and water park for the county.

  • Orba Alderman was council member, city engineer

    HILLSVILLE — Galax and Hillsville officials were deeply saddened by the loss of their former co-worker, volunteer and friend, Orba Owen Alderman last week.

    Alderman died at his home in Hillsville on Sept. 25 at age 78. He was a Virginia Tech graduate, a professional engineer and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

    Alderman served as a member and vice mayor for Hillsville Town Council for 12 years, before losing his seat to challenger David Young in 2012.

  • GVFD to silence siren at night

    The unmistakable sound of the Galax Fire Department’s siren now will only be heard during the day.

    Galax Fire Chief David Hankley said the department voted for the change after the city manager and some council members brought citizen complaints to their attention. For decades, the sound — much like an air raid siren — has been a rude awakening for downtown residents when it goes off at night.

    “We are going to curtail the use of the siren from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.,” Hankley said.

  • Arrests made for drugs, truck theft in Galax

    The Galax Police Department reported arrests in three separate incidents in the past week — two drug cases and a stolen vehicle.

    According to a police report, William Michael Dye, 42, of Independence, was arrested on Sept. 19 at Twin County Regional Hospital after he was charged with possession of methamphetamine.

    “Police were summoned to the hospital after a nurse discovered a suspicious pouch that contained the suspected narcotics,” the report said.

    Dye was charged by Sgt. Shawny Jones and Officer Terry Woods.

  • Encounter with 'traveller' turns violent in Grayson

    Each year, members the secretive community of career criminals known as “Irish Travellers” depart their enclave in the South and spread out across the United States, looking for easy marks to hustle out of money, or using their timeless tactics of distraction to commit burglaries right under a homeowner’s nose.