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  • Downtown Galax belongs to fiddlin' fans Sunday morning

    Galax’s population will soar in the coming week, as thousands of fiddlin’ fans descend on the city.
    Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 77th Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention. The competition opens Monday night and lasts through Aug. 11.
    Most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers will show up Sunday to set up camp.
    Locals who aren’t convention-bound should avoid the place altogether or choose alternate routes, Galax police advise.

  • UPDATED: National Night Out returns Aug. 7

     

  • New officer breaking down barriers

    A young Galax police officer learned a hard lesson when his mom showed him some tough love in middle school, completely changing the direction he was headed.
    Silverio Gonzales, whose family came to Virginia from Mexico, hated middle school and did just enough to get by.
    When he told his mom he didn’t want to go to school anymore, she sent him to Florida to pick oranges.
    “She taught us that education is the most important thing we can do for ourselves,” said Gonzales, who just joined the Galax Police Department as its first bilingual officer.

  • Relay for Life raises $62,324

    A total of 526 people on 37 teams participated in the 2012 Galax-Carroll Relay for Life, held July 27 at the Carroll County High School track.

    The teams raised a total of $62,324 for cancer research. The event began at 6 p.m. with a survivors’ lap and continued throughout the night, ending with a closing ceremony at 2 a.m. Saturday.

  • Church hosts Back-To-School Bash

    The start of a new school year can be a hectic and expensive time for parents and students. With that in mind, Midway Baptist Church of Galax seems to have the perfect cure for the back-to-school blues as it will be offering haircuts, school supplies and food free of charge on Aug. 5.
    From 6 to 8 p.m., Midway Baptist will host a Back-To-School Bash. Aside from all the freebies, the church also will give away several other items to lucky winners, including a laptop computer donated by Professional Networks. There will also be several gift card giveaways for local businesses.

  • Timing not right for rescue squad building sale

    HILLSVILLE — The final work to dissolve the Hillsville Rescue Squad means the town has not been able to auction off the former station as fast as one council member would like.
    At the July 23 meeting, Council Member Billy Walls Sr. reiterated his desire to be rid of the building located on South Main Street. But, others say there are reasons that the facility remains the Town of Hillsville’s property for now.
    Walls had previously made a motion on the same issue in March, but it died for the lack of a second.

  • Disaster assistance approved for Virginia

    RICHMOND — FEMA has approved federal disaster assistance for Virginia to help Carroll County and 61 other local governments and the state recover from the severe storms and straight-line winds on June 29-July 1.
    Governor Bob McDonnell requested federal aid through FEMA’s Public Assistance program, which reimburses local and state governments on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of damaged facilities.

  • Chief: hiring panels offer unbiased opinions

    HILLSVILLE  — Typically, the only cost to a locality that asks the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police for hiring help amounts to a meal for the advisory panel, according to a local official who has served on one.
    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, who is president of the state chiefs’ association, has served on the kind of advisory panels that Hillsville Town Council members discussed at their meeting July 23.

  • Local crops resisting drought

    HILLSVILLE — People making jack-o-lanterns this fall may end up carving pumpkins from Southwestern Virginia, due to the drought disrupting crops over much of the United States, according to information from state agriculture officials.
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that nearly 1,300 counties, many of them in the grain-producing Midwest, have declared disasters. Meanwhile, a number of severe thunderstorms have caused their own brand of damage, but they also brought rain totals up for the Twin Counties.

  • Allen, Kaine trade barbs at debate

    Virginia’s U.S. Senate candidates wasted little time igniting partisan fireworks in their first debate of the 2012 campaign season, setting the tone for a contentious contest in one of the country’s key political battlegrounds.
    Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine argued over tax and budget policies and accused each other of being excessively partisan during their clash at the Virginia Bar Association’s annual summer meeting last weekend.