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  • GVFD battle fires

    A barn and storage building was found ablaze when the Galax Fire Department arrived early on the morning of March 28 to Hebron Road, said Fire Chief David Hankley.

    On arrival, the department found a large barn on fire, containing tractors, boats, livestock trailers and other equipment.

    The fire destroyed approximately half of the structure, owned by Verlin Gallimore, but the majority of the equipment was saved.

    The fire appeared to start in an adjacent small utility building and spread to the larger facility.

  • Felts Park stage work to begin

    Work has begun on the permanent stage that will go up in Felts Park, as part of the 75th anniversary of the Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention, which is sponsored by the Galax Moose Lodge.

    City Manager Keith Barker briefed members of Galax City Council on the project's status at their March 22 meeting.

    Branson Construction of Chilhowie received a notice to proceed last Monday, after submitting a bid of $210,000. The total cost, Barker estimated, will be about $240,000, including implementing utilities.

  • Level funding requested

    HILLSVILLE — Though state funding has shrunk by nearly $3.8 million for county schools, educators have sought level funding from the Carroll County supervisors.

    The schools request to the county remains a little less than $8.9 million, or about 25 percent of the $35.3 million of the revenue coming in for the 2010-2011 operational budget, according to the presentation made by Schools Superintendent Greg Smith to the supervisors Monday.

  • Public record for 3/31/10 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. 

    For information on this column or questions, call Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in July in the Galax General District Court, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

    Heather Marie May of Galax, guilty of abusive language to another; pay $250 fine and $81 costs.

  • Vaughan-Bassett gets $300,000 to expand

    RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell today announced the awarding of $300,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to the City of Galax to support the expansion of the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company.  The project will provide for infrastructure improvements to relocate two blocks of South Railroad Avenue to support a 50,000 square foot expansion of the existing furniture facility.

  • Suspect pleads guilty

    The North Carolina man, accused of robbing the First Citizens bank in Galax last January, pleaded guilty March 9 to robbing a SunTrust bank in Bedford County last February.

    William Smitherman, 20, of Clemmons, N.C., is serving prison time for robbing a First Citizens bank in Roanoke in January 2009.

    Smitherman pleaded guilty in October 2009 to robbing the Roanoke bank and was sentenced to two years and 11 months in prison.

  • Grayson extends school project

    INDEPENDENCE  — Calling it a “bailout” for the local school system, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors will allow the school board to spend up to $16.3 million on Phase I of its facilities improvement plan — but it still won’t be enough.

    Supervisors’ Chairman Larry Bartlett brought the school board’s request to his fellow supervisors during their meeting Thursday night.

  • Worker injured in accidental shooting

    HILLSVILLE — A construction worker was injured by an accidental discharge of a firearm Monday at the U.S. 58 bypass construction site, according to Hillsville police.

    Police have identified the victim of the shooting as Theodore Clayton Fortune, 46, injured after the pistol in his truck accidently went off, according to a press release from the HIllsville Police Department. Carroll EMS responded to the scene to treat the victim, who was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.,

  • Grand jury issues 180 indictments

    HILLSVILLE — Three Twin County residents face charges of embezzlement from a local store and obtaining Virginia Lottery money by false pretenses, according to indictments issued by the Carroll County grand jury Monday.

    The indictments name Holly Dawn Kelley of Fancy Gap and Carolyn Kaye Lane and Amy Carrico Roberts, both of Galax, in connection with January 2009 incidents at Blue Ridge Tobacco and Candle in Galax, the court documents state.

    Charges against all three include:

  • School to test for drugs

    HILLSVILLE — Drug testing linked to student counseling starts this month with random screenings of those enrolled in the Regional Alternative Education Center, Carroll educators say.

    The educators, who filled in the Carroll County School Board of their intentions at a March 9 meeting, explained that they hope this pilot program will give students a reason to avoid illicit drug use.