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  • Galax PD welcomes new police dog

    At the Monday, June 8 Galax City Council meeting, which is the last of this fiscal year, council took time to welcome Ajo, a 22-month old German shepherd, the new Galax Police Department’s dog.
    Ajo, presented by Sgt. Jacob Vaughan, is trained in drug detection, tracking and officer protection. Ajo came from the Four Winds Police Dog Centre, according to Chief Rick Clark, who helped introduce Ajo. “He’s a very, very valuable tool,” said Clark.

  • Picking out the banjo's place in music history

    American roots music was ignited by the collision of two cultures and their instruments — the fiddle from Northern Europe and the banjo from Africa.
    Like a flame traveling down a fuse, that spark lead to an explosion of unique sound that created the majority of American music heard today — old-time to bluegrass and folk; country and blues to rock ‘n roll; soul and R&B to hip-hop.

  • Final ballot set for Grayson election

    INDEPENDENCE — June 9 was the deadline for candidates to file for this year’s November general election in Grayson County.

    The county now has a total of 23 candidates running for open seats in local government offices this year.

    Nominees this year include a fairly even mixture of incumbents and new faces. Some of the seats up for grabs this year include commonwealth’s attorney, treasurer, sheriff, clerk of court, as well as seats on the Grayson Board of Supervisors and the school board.

  • Sen. Stanley looks back on term

    Sen. Bill Stanley (R-20th District), who is seeking re-election in the Nov. 3 election, recently talked to The Gazette about his current term and his plans for the future.

    Stanley represents the City of Galax and portions of Carroll County.

  • N.C. 89 closed for curve work

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) said on Monday that it has shut down N.C. 89 near Lowgap for two weeks.

    The road is scheduled to reopen June 29.

    The closure was postponed last month to allow students and teachers to continue using their regular routes to school.

  • Commerce park receives $1.75M grant

    The Virginia Tobacco Commission has awarded a fifth “megasite” grant for the Wildwood Commerce Park in the amount of $1.75 million.

    This grant award follows earlier tobacco commission grants totaling $12.3 million for the purchase and development of Wildwood, a regional commerce park at Interstate 77’s Exit 19 in Carroll County that has been under development for several years.

    Megasite projects are defined as those that should generate at least 400 jobs and $250 million in private investment.

  • Driver injured, charged in Poplar Knob crash

    At approximately 8:15 p.m. on May 27, Galax police responded to a report of a vehicle overturned on Poplar Knob Road just east of Country Club Lane, according to Capt. James Cox.

    A 1983 Ford F-150 pickup, operated by Mitchell Eugene Robinson, 50, of Mount Airy, N.C., was traveling west on Poplar Knob, said Cox.

    The vehicle left the right side of the highway on a curve, crossed into the eastbound lane and overturned.

    Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $8,000.

  • Dump truck crashes through I-77 guardrail

    A single-vehicle accident on Interstate 77 southbound at 2:09 p.m. June 11 left the driver with only mild injuries, said Virginia State Trooper S.E. Kinney.

    The accident took place near the North Carolina line when a 1994 Ford dump truck, driven by Timothy D. Griffin, 44, of Mount Airy, N.C., ran off the right side of the road and crashed into a guardrail, Kinney said.

  • Traffic will follow new pattern on 58 in Carroll

    A traffic pattern change for U.S. 58 in Carroll County will go into effect June 16.

    The new pattern will begin 0.10-mile east of the Carroll/Floyd county line and extend east for 0.70-mile to Virginia 780 (Turnip Patch Road).

    Traffic will be placed on a newly-constructed section of the eastbound lane in order to construct the westbound lanes.

    Directional signs and pavement markings will be in place to direct motorists. Traffic delays are possible during the transition to the new pattern.

    The change will occur if weather permits.

  • Belton seeks re-election to Grayson supervisors

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Kenneth Belton has announced his plans to run for re-election for another term on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors representing the Oldtown District.

    In making his announcement, Belton, who lives in the Baywood community, said, “I believe in making fair decisions for the entire community with no personal agendas. I want to work to make Grayson County schools something parents, teacher, students and citizens can be proud of.