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  • Galax wins state award for clean drinking water

    The Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Drinking Water has presented the City of Galax Water Treatment Plant with a 2012 Excellence in Waterworks Operations Gold Award.
    This award indicates that the plant on Chestnut Creek has met goals for clarification and filtration in 2012.
    Mayor C.M. Mitchell presented the award to water plant workers Mike Brown and Jerry Russell at the June 10 meeting of Galax City Council.

  • Campbell wins primary, faces McGrady in fall

    Amid record low turnout on Tuesday, a few voters showed up at the polls to select a Republican candidate for the 6th District House of Delegates race and Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general.
    In a June 11 primary election for the House race, voters in the 6th District picked former Saltville mayor Jeffrey R. Campbell as the Republican nominee. Campbell received nearly 71 percent of the vote in the district’s three counties — Carroll, Smyth and Wythe.
    In Carroll, Campbell beat Weaver 210 to 44.

  • County must hire two new positions for gas project

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Public Service Authority will get involved in the county’s natural gas project by hiring two pipeline workers, authority members decided at their June meeting Monday.
    Officials such as County Administrator Gary Larrowe indicated that the requirements from the State Corporation Commission (SCC) stating that Carroll must hire these workers came late in the effort to supply carpet maker Mohawk with natural gas.

  • Fries looks at limiting animals per home

    FRIES — Grayson County’s animal control officer says limiting the number of pets per residence could solve many animal-related problems in the Town of Fries.
    A limit of three animals per household — similar to the City of Galax’s ordinance — could cut down on noise complaints, for example.
    At its May 7 meeting, Fries Town Council revisited revisions to an animal control ordinance that were made in April.

  • Grayson treasurer Junior Young retiring after 34 years

    A special election will be held this year to choose a replacement to finish Young's term..

  • Signs point way to parkway safety

    A subtle change has occurred on the Blue Ridge Parkway that may help those in need get more timely lifesaving assistance.
    Twin County E911’s Allen Cox bolted in the last two road name signs on their post at the parkway’s intersection with Horizon Road in Grayson County on Tuesday afternoon.
    The vertical signs appear as white lettering on a brown background on the stop sign posts on 33 roads in Carroll and Grayson counties that connect with the parkway, said Jolena Young, Twin County E911 coordinator.

  • Historical society to tackle Allen house

    HILLSVILLE — The effort to preserve the Queen Anne-style J. Sidna Allen home could move under the umbrella of the Carroll County Historical Society.
    Shelby Inscore-Puckett, long active in the historical society and an organizer in the effort to save the Allen home in Fancy Gap, visited the board she used to serve on with a proposal Monday.
    She asked the museum’s board of directors to agree in principle to become a player in restoring the home of the 1912 courthouse shootout participant.

  • Stamp Out Hunger benefits local food banks

    On May 11, the U.S. Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers participated in the nation’s largest single day food drive to “Stamp Out Hunger” in America.
    On that day, the nation’s 175,000 letter carriers collected food donations from the homes of generous donors in more than 10,000 United States Communities.
    Localities participated in the program as well, leaving boxes of canned food, peanut butter, cereals, pasta and rice by their mailboxes.

  • Galax park going to the dogs?

    For the past several weeks, Dr. Linda Lastinger has been hard at work with a new project that she hopes will offer a common meeting area for people to relax and socialize in Galax along with their four-legged family members.
    Her idea, as presented at Galax City Council’s May 28 meeting, is to construct a new dog park in the city.

  • Galax man dies in tractor accident

    Galax-Grayson EMS responded to an accident near Camp Zion Road in Galax the afternoon of May 27.
    They arrived on the scene to find that Billy Redd of Galax, 77, had sustained serious injuries in a lawnmower accident.
    At press time, there was no further information about the nature of the accident.
    While the Galax Volunteer Fire Department did not respond to the scene, Fire Chief David Hankley confirmed that Redd’s condition was urgent enough to require an airlift to the hospital.