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  • 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.

  • Galax optometrist passes away at 60

    It was rare to see Dr. Henry Ford without a smile or a story to tell, and those facets of the late optometrist’s upbeat personality will be celebrated with a party in his honor on Saturday.
    Ford passed away Nov. 17 after suffering a heart attack. He was 60 years old.
    Ford is remembered by family, friends and patients as a positive, friendly and talkative person, and having a party instead of a funeral is what he wanted, family members say.
    “Bring your stories for a night of laughs and good memories,” they wrote in his obituary.

  • Fire damages Independence Lumber

    INDEPENDENCE — One of the buildings at Independence Lumber Inc. was badly damaged in a fire early Saturday morning.

  • Cliffside sells for $1.3 million at auction

    A Florida couple bought the historic Cliffside mansion in Galax, along with five cottages and six barns all situated near the New River Trail State Park, during an auction on Nov. 9.
    The sale to Don and Liz Bortniak of Lake Worth, Fla., largely keeps intact some of the most visible properties and structures along the trail, a 57-mile biking and hiking route that follows a former rail line from Galax to Fries.
    The Bortniaks bought the buildings and about 21 acres for $1,267,350.

  • Supervisor asks for conflict investigation

    The request involves rental property once held by the county administrator

    WITH VIDEO