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  • Fries tourism plans include farmers' market

    FRIES — It is a busy year in Fries for tourism, as Tourism Director Marie Isom detailed in a recent report in March.

    Website updates, festival schedules and business growth in the town are just a few of the items Isom highlighted.

    The town is in the process of updating and changing its websites. “Our www.friesfestivals.com will be phased out and all information on that site will be incorporated into www.friesva.com,” Isom said. A redirect will be implemented for those who visit the older link once the phasing is complete.

  • Apartment fire leaves families homeless

    An apartment fire gutted the interior of a Galax building and left four families homeless at around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

    The apartment was unoccupied when John Ayers, owner of Creek Bottom Brews on Meadow Street, located in front of the small brick apartment building off Givens Street, noticed smoke.

    “I came around the corner and thought somebody had started a [yard] fire and found out it wasn’t,” said Ayers.

  • Budget will allow Galax schools to grow

    Galax City Schools will be able to both offer raises and hire more positions, thanks to a dramatic increase in funding from the state, Superintendent Bill Sturgill told school board members in a brief budget meeting on March 22.

    The budget as presented at the meeting was preliminary. The final proposed budget will be voted on at the next board meeting and presented to Galax City Council for official approval at the April 25 meeting.

  • Carroll IDA fills vacancy

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority met on April 5 with a full board for this first time since a state code oversight resulted in the loss of two members in January.

    The oversight nullified the positions of Larry Chambers and Barry Hicks, the chairman at the time. Chambers and Hicks were both employed by Carroll County, which made them ineligible to serve on the authority.

    Hicks resigned from his position on the board to retain his employment, while Chambers resigned from his employment to remain on the board.

  • Police: driver wrecked after blacking out

    Staff Report

    A single-vehicle accident on Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. on Pridemore Road left one person injured and charged with reckless driving, according to Virginia State Trooper S.M. Cochran.

    Allison Renae Rutherford, 21, of Galax, was traveling on Pridemore towards Hebron Road when, according to Cochran, Rutherford said she blacked out.

    “She ran off the road, hit a mailbox, struck the embankment and ended up where she was at,” said Cochran.

  • Preliminary county budget has $3.5 million deficit

    HILLSVILLE – Officials in Carroll County will need to work diligently to make up a $3.5 million deficit in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2017. The budget committee met April 1 and learned that the proposed budget is sitting around $42.2 million with total revenue around $38.7 million.

  • Carroll school budget totals $42.5 million

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools’ proposed budget for 2016-2017 totals $42.5 million, up around $1.9 million from the current year.

    The school board submitted its proposed budget to the Carroll County Board of Supervisors on March 29. The total includes $11.8 million in local money, an increase of $228,900 over the current year’s budget.

    The good news is that state funding will increase. Challenges include increasing special education needs, salary increases and larger class sizes.

  • Democrat ends campaign, backs Republican opponent

    Staff Report

    A candidate formerly seeking the Democratic nomination for Virginia’s 9th Congressional District race has dropped out and is endorsing Republican incumbent Morgan Griffith.

    D. Clay Pugh of Sugar Grove announced March 31 that he was suspending his campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives.

    The 9th District includes the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties. Griffith is running for a fourth term in the November election, and Democrats will choose a nominee in Wytheville on May 21.

  • Galax police make felony arrests

    Staff Report

    According to a report released by the Galax Police Department, felony arrests in Galax last week included:

    • Elizabeth Mae Brooks, 28, of Hillsville, was arrested by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on March 27 at midnight for failure to return leased property valued at greater than $200.

    • James Lee Payne, 41, of Hiwassee, was arrested on March 30 at 2:59 p.m. by Officer Drew Burnett for possession of Schedule I/II drugs. He was released on bond pending his arraignment in Galax General District Court.

  • Students get extra math help in city schools

    Galax Elementary School students are getting plenty of hands-on math education, according to teacher Tina Hampton.

    The educator recently made a presentation to the Galax School Board, featuring video of the elementary students learning math.