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  • Galax bus service is now Mountain Lynx

    Staff Report

    Mountain Lynx Transit is the new name for the local public transportation program that serves residents of Galax and the Carroll and Grayson County communities, along with other towns and counties in Virginia’s Planning District Three.

    For more than three decades, local public transportation services have been provided by District Three Governmental Cooperative in cooperation with local governments. Traditionally, these transit buses are white with blue trim, and bear the District Three markings on the side.

  • FBI agent from Galax is one of nation's 'Top Cops'

    The life of Stanley Meador, this year’s Galax High School commencement speaker, is told in spare sentences and a purely factual delivery, partly because, like most Twin County natives, he’s modest about himself – and partly because some of it’s classified.

    The Galax native is an FBI agent who is currently supervisory senior resident agent of the Wilmington Resident Agency out of the Charlotte Division. The Wilmington office covers eight surrounding counties.

  • Tax plans from governor candidates compared

    Landmark News Service

    Candidates seeking your vote in this month’s gubernatorial primaries want to change the way you’re taxed.

    But navigating their proposals is no easy task in an election that has drawn more attention for being a potential early referendum on President Donald Trump’s popularity than for anything else.

    Virginia’s tax system has not undergone significant changes in decades. Some candidates have talked about how they would alter it, while others have produced detailed written plans.

  • Woman, dog rescued from home that flooded

    Staff Report

    FRIES — Rescue teams responded to a residence during the May 24 storm, to assist a couple who were trapped in their home by rising water.

    According to a report from Fries Volunteer Fire and Rescue Chief Chad Stanley, rescuers were dispatched at approximately 10:50 p.m. to a residence at 3774 Ivanhoe Road, where a man, a woman and a small dog were trapped inside the structure with water rising.

  • Volunteer EMS recruitment, retention a challenge

    How did the Twin Counties celebrate National EMS Week, May 21-27? Well, at the hospital they celebrated it with a cookout and a training session for EMS workers.

    How did EMS volunteers celebrate? Probably by working.

    911 Coordinator Jolena Young is proud of the local emergency medical services agencies, but says she has some concern regarding their continuation — not because of their performance, but because recruiting and retaining volunteer personnel is becoming difficult in today’s employment and economic climate.

  • 5K run will benefit Bartlett scholarship

    HILLSVILLE – A 5K run and walk will be held in Hillsville in June to honor Deputy Curtis Bartlett, who was killed in a line of duty vehicle crash on March 9.

    The event will benefit the Deputy Curtis Bartlett Memorial Scholarship Fund.

    The 5K will be held June 3 in downtown Hillsville, beginning at 9 a.m.

  • Primaries will decide local, state candidates

    INDEPENDENCE — Absentee voting is open through June 10 for this year’s Republican and Democratic primary elections on June 13.

    Absentee ballots will be accepted through the 10th, and applications for absentee ballots will be accepted through June 6.

    Voters can only vote for their choice candidates in one of the primaries.

  • Recreation project planned in Fries

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board has approved a five-year lease for a portion of property behind Fries School, which includes the old tennis courts.

    The lease, which the board approved during its May 15 meeting, will jump-start a project pioneered by Steve Clark and his wife, Eileen Colonna, who approached the board earlier this year with a proposal for a series of outdoor games. The site, which is located between the New River and the New River Trail, is no longer used and is currently in poor condition.

  • Gun control and the Virginia governor's race

    Landmark News Service

    Jeanette Richardson was at a neighbor’s house for a New Year’s Eve party in 2004 when she heard gunshots.

    She returned home to find that her 18-year-old son, Patrick Wyatt McKinley, had been shot to death in the street. The gunman had been attending a party elsewhere in the neighborhood, and neither she nor her son knew him.

    But he attacked her son, home on break from college in Florida, after the teenager asked one of the gunman’s friends to move his car from in front of their house.

  • Galax school spending questioned

    A stringent cross-examination of the Galax school system’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year led the May 8 Galax City Council meeting.

    A public hearing for the budget was the first item under old business; there were no public speakers.

    The $15.1 million school budget — with $3.99 million in local operating funds and no debt service — was passed by all council members who were present. John Garner was absent.