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  • Local scout honored for gesture of respect

    Webelos Scout Lane Snow from Woodlawn stood and saluted through the 2.5-mile funeral procession of Virginia State Trooper A.D. Fox last week.
    As a nine-year-old member of Pack 810 in Woodlawn, Snow and his unit had been learning about citizenship and duty to country when Trooper Fox was killed in the line of duty.

  • Red Cross helping family that lost home

    The Wood’s River Chapter of the American Red Cross has assisted a Cana family recovering from an Oct. 9 fire that destroyed their home.
    Six were living in the home of David and Ann McMillan when the fire caught in the early morning hours that day. The extensive damage from the blaze drove the couple and their four children out of the home.
    Just like with other emergencies that shake up peoples’ lives, Red Cross representatives responded to a request to help the McMillans after the house was declared a total loss by firefighters.

  • GHS senior plans to leave her mark

    A Galax High School student is planning to leave her mark on the school by organizing a senior project that will paint the white Maroon Tide symbol on the roads encircling the school.
    Kaitlyn Martin addressed Galax City Council at its Oct. 8 meeting, requesting that she be allowed to move forward with her project and allow city employees to paint and maintain the street symbols.

  • Hillsville man's face transplant transforms his life

     

    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND — The 37-year-old Hillsville man who received the most extensive face transplant surgery ever says his life has been transformed.

    The University of Maryland released details today on the recovery of Richard Lee Norris, on the surgery completed to date seven months ago. 

  • Firefighters investigate explosion

    Galax firefighters responded to the Turman hardwood flooring plant on Wednesday night, after a spark
    ignited sawdust and caused a loud explosion, but only minor damage.

  • Grayson sets sights on shooting range

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County leaders are considering opening a shooting range, but would like a third party to take on the responsibility.
    Supervisors discussed the idea during their regular meeting Oct. 11. It’s a topic they have discussed for more than a year.
    Deputy County Administrator Mitch Smith told the board that the proposed land for the shooting range was off Graystone Road, just across the street from the county’s closed landfill.

  • Hundreds turn out to honor fallen trooper

     

    Virginia State Trooper Andrew Fox was buried Oct. 11 at Summerfield Church cemetery in Grayson County, in a funeral attended by law enforcement officials and officers from across the state. Fox died in the line of duty, after being struck by a car while directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair.

  • Fire destroys garage, cars in Galax

    A fire damaged Alley’s Garage on Oct. 8, with flames so hot they melted tires off the cars inside and boiled water on the floor.

  • Hillsville, Carroll sign off on water sharing agreement

    HILLSVILLE — Town officials heralded a new era of cooperation with Carroll County just before approving a water sharing agreement between the two localities on Oct. 8.
    Watching from the audience at Hillsville Town Council’s meeting last Monday, Supervisors Chairman Sam Dickson also promised that Carroll would develop a good relationship with the county seat.
    Interim Town Manager Judy Bolt said officials had met with counterparts from Carroll County to discuss the water agreement.

  • Search goes on for police chief, town manager

    HILLSVILLE — While still trying to get a new town manager onboard, Hillsville Town Council members moved along the process of selecting a new police chief Monday.
    Hillsville has been without administrators in those two positions since long-time town manager Larry South and police chief Steve Williams resigned in June before the composition of town council changed in July.
    Officials have contacted two candidates for town manager to make offers, but neither of them had accepted by the Monday meeting.