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  • Van overturns in crash

    Staff Report

    According to an accident report issued by the Galax Police Department, a three-vehicle crash on Tuesday at 9:03 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 58 and Mountain View Avenue. left no injuries but caused heavy damage to the vehicles.

    A 1999 Dodge Caravan, driven by Pebble Sue Hawks, 51, of Galax, was crossing 58 from Waugh Drive to Mountain View when Hawks failed to yield to a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo, driven by Carol Jean Nichols, 58, of Galax, who was traveling west on 58.

  • Traffic pattern will change for U.S. 58 in Carroll

    A traffic pattern change for U.S. 58 in Carroll County is planned for Monday in the area of Big Reed Island Creek, weather permitting.

    The change is related to U.S. 58 improvements through Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties.

    Westbound traffic will be placed on the newly constructed two lanes from 2.7 miles east of Big Reed Island Creek and then merge back to a single lane at Big Reed Island Creek.

  • Scholarships opened doors for recipients

    Staff Report

    In the mid 1980s, a Galax School Board inquiry lead to a discovery that the ratio of the city’s high school graduates going on to college or another form of higher education was below both the national and state average.

    The board also found that this fact was significantly impacted by the financial limitations and expectations of parents and students.

  • Auto parts, cash taken in larceny

    The Galax Advance Auto was the subject of a crime last week, as employees discovered on April 14 when they came to open the business that, between closing and opening, someone had forcibly entered the business through a rear door, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Clark said that investigation revealed that the burglar alarm had been disabled. Once inside the store, the suspects stole about $4,000 worth of auto parts and cash.

  • Wired Road to expand broadband access

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe was in Galax on Monday to announce that The Wired Road would receive a $300,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant that will pay for connecting two existing broadband networks in the Twin Counties and providing internet access to more local residents.

    The governor said the project will remedy unreliable telecommunications in the area and expand broadband internet service to Wildwood Commerce Park, the Southwest Virginia Farmer’s Market and fairgrounds, the Carroll County Industrial Park, 30 existing businesses and approximately 140 households.

  • Grayson working to close budget gap

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County officials have spent long hours poring over their upcoming budget, finding creative ways to cover expenditures without sacrificing the main objectives and goals for the county.

    The budget will prove to be a challenge this year; after using a variety of strategies and resources, the county still has a deficit. Expected revenues for this budget total $19.6 million; while requested expenditures totaled $20.5 million.

  • Galax sets end of school, graduation date

    The Galax School Board voted unanimously to set the last day of school at June 10 and graduation day at June 11.

    Additionally, the first day of the fall semester will be Aug. 15.

    There was a little discussion at the April 12 meeting about proper placement of the last day of school; according to Superintendent Bill Sturgill, “That would give us two days short of what we originally planned for. Thanks to [Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell], she spent some time calculating the hours.

  • Police department recognizes officers

    When a fire swept through a home on Glendale Road last year, two police officers and the city’s fire chief went above and beyond the call of duty in an attempt to rescue children still inside.

    Police Chief Rick Clark recently recognized those men for their “selfless disregard for their own safety” in the March 5, 2015, fire that claimed the lives of three children.

  • Grayson hopes to continue budget momentum

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors met April 4 to discuss the theme, mission, goals, strategies and objectives of the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget.

    In a presentation by County Administrator Jonathan Sweet, the budget theme was proposed as “Continuing the momentum.”

  • New guidelines advise caution with opiod prescriptions

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — A state hospital association released guidelines Tuesday to tackle opioid abuse, taking particular aim at prescriptions given in emergency rooms.

    The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association has been working since January crafting the guidelines, which advise scrutiny of prescriptions for people in chronic pain.