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  • Council to pitch in with cost of veterans memorial

    During their Nov. 12 meeting, Galax City Council members pledged to donate $7,000 to the newly constructed Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial.
    Council’s idea of making a donation to the memorial originated at the Oct. 8 meeting, when Council Member Margo Crouse made a motion to sponsor the memorial. At that time, council discussed the possibility of making a donation, but they ultimately decided to postpone a decision until the Nov. 12 meeting.

  • County could expand spay and neuter assistance

    HILLSVILLE — Twin County Humane Society members asked Carroll County to help control pet overpopulation with a program like ones already in place in Hillsville and Galax.
    While Hillsville has received a $70,000 PetSmart grant to spay and neuter companion animals, humane society representative Betty Sutton asked the Carroll Board of Supervisors for something more like Galax’s program.
    Galax commits funds in its budget to help citizens spay and neuter their pets, she explained.

  • Films and farms could benefit Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — If only Carroll County could get a screen test of its own, maybe it could attract motion picture companies to film here, said a board of supervisors member at the November meeting.
    Supervisor Tom Littrell recently participated in the shooting of the movie adaptation of David Baldacci’s “Wish You Well” in Giles County. He was an extra in the film, and one of his antique vehicles gets some screen time.

  • Toys for Tots begins annual mission

    Toys for Tots is bringing new toys to the children of economically challenged families in Carroll and Grayson Counties and the City of Galax, and local organizations and businesses are raising funds and collecting toys for the children.
    On Dec. 1 — before, during and after the Fries Christmas parade — toys will be collected at the new Fries Firehouse and along the parade route, said Bob Hines, coordinator of Twin County Toys for Tots.
    The Fries Volunteer Fire Department is also a toy collection site through the holiday season.

  • Galax aims to allow urban archery season

    Galax City Council is considering joining many other communities in the state of Virginia in adopting an urban archery program that would allow for bow hunting of deer in residential areas within the city limits.
    While council members yet to take action on the matter, this subject has been discussed in some depth at their two most recent meetings.

  • Carroll could put offenders to work

    HILLSVILLE — Keeping minor criminal offenders out of jail through a day-reporting program may also be the key to unlocking savings for Carroll County.
    Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner met with the board of supervisors Nov. 15 to report that several county agencies want to set up a new community service program.
    Modeled after similar efforts in Grayson County and Giles County, day reporting allows non-violent, non-sexual offenders to stay out of jail by agreeing to do local community service work projects.

  • Backpack Buddies feed the need

    Established in September 2009, Galax Backpack Buddies is a volunteer program that provides food to Galax City School children each week.

  • Christmas Chest project underway

    Following in the footsteps of the Magi, the Galax Y’s Men’s Club brings the gifts of the holiday season to those who are less fortunate.
    While most people at Christmas are concerned that their loved ones get what they want from their Christmas list, some people right here in the Twin Counties are struggling just to put food on the table.
    That’s where the Community Christmas Chest and the Galax Y’s Men come in, said Gene Cox of Galax, chairman of the program for the past 29 years.

  • Hillsville man charged in N.C. attack

    DOBSON, N.C. — A 56-year-old Hillsville man faces multiple charges in a September attack at a Surry County residence, according to the Surry County Sheriff’s Office.
    Sheriff Graham Atkinson identified those charged in the Sept. 16 incident at 800 Oak Grove Road as Rebel Steniner Akers and Jennifer Dawn Hayes, 31, according to a news release from the Surry County authorities. Both face charges of first-degree kidnapping.

  • Carroll youth recovers after shooting

    A 13-year-old boy sustained a flesh wound after a Saturday morning hunt near the Little Vine section of Carroll County.
    Carroll County authorities responded to the scene where the boy was reported injured on Peacock Road,  according to officials with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
    A father and son had been hunting and returned to their pickup at about 9:30 a.m., said Randy Hurst, the conservation officer investigating the incident. They were loading their vehicle after the hunt when a gun went off inside the vehicle.