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  • CCMS students evacuated for bomb threat

    HILLSVILLE ― Students were evacuated from Carroll County Middle School Tuesday morning, after reports of a bomb threat put the school on lockdown for more than an hour.

    According to an official report from Principal Marc Quesenberry, the administrative office received a report from a teacher Tuesday morning, saying that a student informed them of a threatening message on a bathroom wall. Upon investigation, the teacher confirmed that there was a written bomb threat on the wall.

  • Galax budget balances with tax increase

    Galax’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 is down, due to the completion of several projects, but rising costs will necessitate an increase in the real estate tax.

    According to City Manager Keith Barker, the budget balances with a 5.8 percent increase in the real estate tax, from $.69 to $.73 per $100 assessed value.

    Without the real estate tax increase, Barker said there would be a $175,000 deficit in the general fund.

  • Man charged with grand larceny, burglary

    A Laurel Fork man has been arrested and charged in connection with a burglary that was reported on April 26, according to a Galax Police Department report.

    Galax police responded to Ward’s Auto and U-Haul Rental on Jefferson Street in the city, where the owner reported that someone had broken in to the business, the report said. The victim discovered a 2007 Ford Truck had been stolen, after the suspect allegedly obtained the keys during the burglary.

  • Materials donated for Fries center revitalization

    FRIES — The Fries Community Center is one step closer to getting a shiny new makeover, thanks to a recent donation of siding material from a company in Pulaski.

    Mayor Richard Farmer confirmed that James Hardie Inc., a construction and remodeling company, has donated materials to replace the old siding on the community center building.

    The material has already been brought to the town, and Farmer says the next step is securing funds to install it. He noted that the material is enough to cover most of the building, if not all of it.

  • Riders oppose closing horse trails

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A group of Grayson County area horseback riding enthusiasts is speaking out against a U.S. Forest Service proposal to close 80 percent of the trails its members use in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

  • Firefighters, paramedics handle farm accident, other calls

    The Galax Fire Department stayed busy over the last weekend of April and into early last week; activity included a flue fire, a farming accident, electrical and automobile fires, according to a report given by Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

  • Wreck leaves multiple victims

    A three-car accident on Route 58 in the eastbound lane left multiple victims transported by EMS from the scene. The accident occurred around 6 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

    The incident occurred in the vicinity of Magic Mart.

    Involved were a silver Nissan 4x4, a dark gray Buick LeSabre and a dark blue 4-door Ford sedan.

    Responding were Galax Grayson EMS, Pipers Gap EMS and the Galax Police Department.

    More information will be added as it becomes available.

  • Galax police cameras focus on accuracy, accountability

    Nearly a year ago, the Galax Police Department took a step forward in both technology and accountability when it began sending officers out with body cameras.

    While there’s been talk in the Virginia legislature of making body cameras mandatory for all police officers in the commonwealth, there’s yet to be a law passed enforcing this. In Galax, however, the cameras are already in use.

  • Vaught seeks another term as Grayson prosecutor

    INDEPENDENCE — Doug Vaught has announced that he will seek a third term as Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney, a position he has held for the past eight years.

    In addition to his most recent two terms, Vaught was elected commonwealth’s attorney in 1979 and was re-elected in 1983.

    In 1987, his loss to Paul X Bolt in the Grayson County Republican Party mass meeting resulted in Vaught leaving that office, and continuing his private law practice in Galax.

  • Hillsville wants to treat Exit 14 wastewater

    HILLSVILLE — To avoid the strain of higher water and sewer costs for town citizens, Hillsville officials are discussing options with the Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) to bring additional wastewater through the town’s plant in order to maximize use and prevent a potential price hike.

    Travis Jackson, a consultant for the town, along with Mayor Greg Crowder and Town Manager Retta Jackson, approached the Carroll PSA at its April 13 meeting, and requested specifically that the town treat wastewater flow from Interstate 77’s busy Exit 14.