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  • Galax lands $1.2M in grants so far this year

    After Carroll County had to eliminate grants administrator Brenda Marrah’s position with the county due to budget cuts in 2011, the City of Galax wasted no time in snapping her up.
    Right away, she set to work bringing in a flood of federal, state and private grants to help fund different projects throughout the city.
    By November of that year, the city had been awarded nearly $470,000 in FEMA grant money.

  • DMV implements tax increase

    RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles implemented a number of changes stemming from the transportation funding legislation that became effective July 1.
    Starting July 1, the sales and use tax (SUT) increased from 3 to 4 percent. Additionally, per the new legislation, the tax will now be assessed based on the sale price minus any manufacturer rebates. The minimum tax increased from $35 to $75.

  • VFW monument honors the fallen

    HILLSVILLE — Officials with the Grover King VFW Post 1115 wanted the public to know that they put a $3,000 community grant towards a memorial for fallen soldiers.
    The VFW post received the money from the now-defunct Hillsville Rescue Squad as the former emergency medical provider disbursed its remaining funds as its last act. Veteran Ed Buchanan said the post used the funds to create a new memorial that’s positioned at the main entrance to the post in Hillsville.

  • Grant keeping Galax firefighters safe

    Galax Grants Administrator Brenda Marrah looked on Tuesday night as members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department fitted themselves with brand new masks and air packs purchased with a federal grant that Marrah landed for the city.
    Capt. Mike Ayers, a GVFD officer and the city’s new Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, demonstrated how the advanced pieces of equipment work.

  • Drown-Town Galax: Floods hit historic district

    This year’s second “Cruisin’ & Groovin” event in Galax was met with an unexpected and destructive twist, when yet another heavy downpour resulted in one of the worst floods that the city has seen in 50 years.
    Over the past several weeks, citizens of the Twin Counties have come to expect rainy weather.
    According to the National Weather Service, the area has already seen 600 percent of the average expected rainfall in July.

  • Carroll: Problems arise from PC actions

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll supervisors spent much of their July 8 meeting discussing problems that have arisen from decisions made by the county’s planning commission over the years, including misplaced use of policies and an incorrectly adopted site plan for a recreational vehicle development.
    Policies wrongly adopted by the Carroll County Planning Commission — that should have been handled as amendments to the subdivision ordinance — were adopted incorrectly, the supervisors discussed with County Attorney Jim Cornwell at the July 8 meeting.

  • Carroll gives lot behind Carter Home to Town of Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE  — Town officials plan to create a space for a community farmers market and a venue for local events, now that the Carroll supervisors have agreed to transfer the parking lot behind the historic Carter Home to Hillsville.
    Town Manager Travis Jackson was the sole speaker to appear at the June public hearing on the transfer of the .7044 acre behind the history home once owned by the family of early industrial magnate George L. Carter.
    The lot would still be used for public parking, but with additions, Jackson explained to the county officials.

  • Galax could lower more speed limits

    The changes in Galax speed limits may continue as research finds more inconsistencies with the city’s roads.
    Police Chief Rick Clark spoke with members of Galax City Council at their July 8 meeting, where he presented another recommendation, along with findings from research conducted by the city’s Traffic Safety Committee.
    The discussion returned to an action item that was held over from council’s May 28 meeting — a recommendation to reduce the speed limit on U.S. 58 from 45 to 35 mph from Fries Road west to Mountain View.

  • Counties allege fraud in radio lawsuit

    Grayson and Carroll counties, alleging fraud and breach of contract on a 2009 project to improve radio systems, have filed a lawsuit against the Mount Airy, N.C., business seeking the return of more than $1 million paid and $350,000 in punitive damages.

  • Citizens question Grayson road plan's direction

    INDEPENDENCE — Residents of Fries and Big Ridge Road in Elk Creek overfilled the board room of the Grayson County Courthouse recently for several Grayson County Board of Supervisors public hearings.
    The group from Fries left the building with their desired result; the residents of Big Ridge Road left feeling somewhat dissatisfied and uncertain about their future.