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  • Fries approves $1.39m budget

    FRIES — The Fries Town Council approved a balanced budget during their June 7 meeting; and bid farewell to council members Dawn Patton and Carolyn Jones, who will turn their seats over to Gary Sumner and Cynthia Grant in July.

  • Mother, daughter remembered at vigil

    A celebration of Anastasia Alley’s “first birthday in heaven” was held at Dannelly Park in Galax on Monday evening. The event, from 5 to about 9 p.m., was organized by Anastasia’s paternal grandmother, Lisa Alley.

    Alley, 21 months, and her mother, Alyssa Kenny, 28, were the victims of a double homicide on March 10 of this year. An arrest has been made in the case, but Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said the investigation is ongoing.

  • Assault, burglary among arrests

    Staff Report

    A Galax man was arrested on May 30 after Galax police responded to a disturbance on East Grayson Street and discovered an injured man.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, witnesses said that the accused had broken into their apartment and assaulted an occupant.

    Arley Jason Simpkins, 30, is charged with burglary in the nighttime with intent to inflict injury and aggravated assault.

  • Carroll, ANDCO look for solutions

    HILLSVILLE – Andrews Farming Inc. and ANDCO Logistics were topics of discussion for Carroll County Industrial Development Authority members and concerned citizens at the authority’s June regular monthly meeting on Tuesday.

    Markel Cochrane and Debby Brady Stone, two Carroll County citizens who have been doing research into Andrews Farming and its recent bankruptcy filing were in attendance at the June 7 meeting to ask questions of the IDA members. The produce company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on May 5 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Roanoke.

  • Renovations continue at Fries Theater

    FRIES — A year after renovations to the Fries Theater began, visitors are already enjoying the extensive improvements that have been made to the inside of the building.

  • Grayson's development plans move forward

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is nearing the halfway point of its five-year comprehensive plan that guides development, and county supervisors recently got an update on the previous year’s progress.

    Elaine Holeton, director of planning and community development, presented the update, highlighting the major points of Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2015.

  • Andrews Farming bankruptcy raises questions

    Staff Reports

    ROANOKE — Court documents show that Andrews Farming of Hillsville has filed for bankruptcy, with a list of creditors that includes Carroll County, the Virginia Tobacco Commission and other state agencies and numerous produce vendors.

    The produce company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on May 5 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Roanoke. Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code provides for liquidation of a company — the sale of a debtor’s property and the distribution of the proceeds to creditors.

  • Fries family charged for drugs, child endangerment

    Staff Reports

    FRIES — Following a complaint by a child protective services worker from the Grayson County Department of Social Services, investigators discovered alleged evidence of drug activity and child neglect at a home in Fries.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said that, prior to the complaint, officers knew that one of the residents at 165 West Main Street had pending charges for illegal possession of methamphetamine, which is a Schedule II controlled substance.

  • Bryson shares advice, encouragement for GHS grads

    This year’s graduation speaker at the Galax High School commencement ceremonies is Col. Eric Bryson, veteran, active officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, father and GHS graduate.

    Bryson, who grew up in Galax’s Oldtown community, will speak at the ceremony to be held Saturday morning.

    Bryson took a few minutes to answer questions and discuss the things that matter most to him with The Gazette. In true military style, Bryson’s words were clipped, factual and to the point.

  • One driver injured, another charged, in U.S. 58 crash

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― A Fries woman was charged with failure to yield the right of way, following a wreck on U.S. 58 at the intersection of Route 274, just across from Grayson Express on June 1.

    According to a police report from Virginia State Police Trooper J.A. Vaughan, Melinda L. Moore, 41, operating a 2012 Nissan, pulled into traffic from Grayson Express and struck a 2006 Mercury operated by Julia Phipps Bonham, 63, of Mouth of Wilson. The accident occurred at approximately 2:05 p.m.