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  • Galax project earns state award

    Galax’s Bottom Area Project won a state award for the 2016 Best Housing/Revitalization Effort at the Governor’s Housing Conference in December.

    The award was for Phases I and II of the project to fix stormwater drainage problems in the low-lying, flood-prone neighborhood near Chestnut Creek, and to fix up houses for many of the people who live there.

    Galax City Council recognized the city staff for the award at its Dec. 12 meeting.

  • Commissioner wants to modernize tax collection in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Grayson County Board of Supervisors is proposing a new method for filing personal property tax forms, and will hold a public hearing in January to hear citizen comments.

    Commissioner of the Revenue Larry Bolt presented the alternative plan to the board during its December meeting. He held up his own tax form as an example.

  • State deals with budget shortfall

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe presented his amendments to the 2016-2018 biennium budget to members of the Senate Finance, House Appropriations and House Finance committees on Dec. 16.

  • Officer assault suspect in custody

    Staff Reports

    The Galax Police Department responded to a report of a fight in progress involving a metal pipe at 12:16 a.m. on Dec. 20, according to a report released by Capt. James Cox.

    Officer Trevor Jefferson arrived at the intersection of McArthur Street and Painter Street and located Daniel Tyree Lester, 29, of Galax, on foot. While Jefferson was speaking to Lester, the man allegedly assaulted Jefferson and attempted to flee.

  • Firm chosen for GES renovation design

    After a second round of presentations, the Galax City School Board has decided to use architectural and engineering firm WM2A to design an expansion of the elementary school.

    The three firms who were left after the first round of presentations – WM2A, RRMM and OWPR – all had outlines for renovating the existing Galax Elementary School site while making additions for a larger student body, but the board decided that WM2A had the best overall plans.

  • No injuries in Carroll wreck

    Staff Report

    A two-vehicle accident on Danville Pike in Carroll County at 3:50 p.m. on Dec. 19 left no injuries but heavy damage to the automobiles, said Sgt. Scott Todd of the Virginia State Police.

    A 1998 Ford SUV driven by Donna Beckley, 66, of Fancy Gap, was headed west when it crossed the double solid line and struck a 2011 Land Rover SUV driven by Lorrie Mann, 58, of Meadows of Dan, head-on.

  • VSP reports multiple crashes on I-77 Monday

    Staff Reports

    Fog and heavy traffic contributed to three pile-ups in the Fancy Gap area of Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Monday.

    Only minor injuries, but major vehicular damage, occurred in a multi-vehicle accident at the 6.3 mile marker in the southbound lane of I-77 the morning of Dec. 26, according to Virginia State Trooper C.M. Delp.

  • Clinic renovation part of plan to fight mold

    After receiving complaints filed via the Virginia Department of Labor about possible mold contamination, Carilion Clinic of Galax proceeded to test the facility and is developing a plan to address it, according to a report released by the company.

    On Nov. 3, the practice got a notice from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding an employee complaint about a possible mold problem and the building’s indoor air quality. The clinic is home to family and internal medicine practices.

  • Planning director leaving Grayson for VDOT job

    INDEPENDENCE ― Elaine Holeton, Grayson County’s planning and community development director, has resigned her position to accept a new job with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

  • Officers to train in community policing

    The Galax Police Department received two grants, one for $25,726 and another $17,244, from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s “Policing in the 21st Century” initiative.

    The department was one of 36 to receive a grant from the more than $756,000 in funding approved by the Criminal Justice Services Board in Richmond. The money supports training and equipment to enhance the department’s community inclusive policing efforts.