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  • Four sets of twins set to graduate from GHS

    Twelve years ago, The Gazette ran a picture of something remarkable: six sets of twins, identical and fraternal, all going through the Galax school system, all in elementary school.

    Now, poised at the brink of their senior year’s end, four sets of them are still in the school system and agreed to recreate the original picture.

  • Hall, two incumbents seek Independence council seats

    INDEPENDENCE — Pete Hall of Independence will join two incumbents on the ballot on May 3 for seats on the Independence Town Council.

    Hall was the third candidate to enter the council race this year. He joins incumbents Ronald Sexton and Jason Cassell.

    Three seats are open in the May 3 election, with three candidates in the running. The terms are for four years.

    Evelyn Hughes, whose term expires this year, confirmed in February that she would not run again.

  • Community center, depot, water quality on Fries agenda

    FRIES — After years of anticipation and hard work, the Town of Fries is finally seeing steps toward the realization of the town’s train depot project.

    Council Member Dawn Patton announced at Fries Town Council’s April 19 meeting that bids for construction of the restored railroad depot had been put out on March 20, and that the bidding would close on April 22.

    There are already four people who have picked up bids for the construction, she said.

  • Families displaced by fire finding relief

    In the wake of the apartment fire behind Creek Bottom Brews in Galax, relief efforts have helped three of the four families turned out by the disaster.

    The fourth family — that of the landlord, listed as Eugenia Ibarra Reyes — remains unreachable, but according to Chief David Hankley of the Galax Fire Department, there were no fatalities.

  • One injury in two-car crash in Galax

    A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 58 and Glendale Road on Fruday night at about 7:40 p.m. left one person injured and in need of EMS transport, according to Officer Mark Burnett.

    A red 2000 Ford Focus driven by Rafael S. Cisneros, 37, of Galax, was traveling west on Route 58 when it was struck in the intersection by a black 2004 Chevy Sebring, driven by Larry G. Kenny, 48, of Galax, which was attempting to turn onto Glendale Road.

  • Man charged with second church break-in

    Staff Reports

    A Galax man has been charged for breaking into a second local church.

    Ernest Joseph Garvie Harber, 26, is already charged for trespassing after he was found sleeping in Galax Presbyterian Church on April 8.

    According to a police report, Harber was arrested again on April 15 at 8:03 a.m. by Sgt. Mark Burnett after police responded to a burglary alarm activation at Galax First Baptist Church. An investigation revealed that someone had started to enter through a door when the audible alarm sounded and fled the scene.

  • Carroll will need time to balance budget

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County, which originally was facing a budget gap of more than $3 million, has reduced that to a $2.7 million deficit, according to Nikki Cannon, interim county administrator.

    The county budget, which was originally to be presented at the supervisors’ April meeting, has been pushed back a month due to the budget not being ready. The budget committee — comprised of Cannon; board chairman Joshua Hendrick and board member Rex Hill — has been working for several months on the 2016-17 spending plan.

  • Grayson plans Wall of Fame for athletes

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School officials are reaching out to surrounding school systems for ideas to revive and update the high school’s Sports Wall of Fame to include current and past athletes who deserve the spotlight.

  • Grayson supervisors approve campground changes

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has approved a request from the Rev. Laura George of Oracle Institute in Independence, concerning amendments to a special use permit for Amethyst Acres Campground.

    The amended permit will allow George to swap one of the two bath houses planned for the property with a dining pavilion.

    Planning and Community Development Director Elaine Holeton prefaced a special public hearing by stating that the change was reviewed Dec. 15, 2015, by the Grayson Planning Commission, which recommended approval.

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Staff Reports

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Galax Social Services has information to help anyone who needs to know more about the subject, or suspects abuse or neglect.

    Under Virginia law, an abused or neglected child is any child under 18 whose parent, or any other person responsible for the care of the child, does any or all of the following: