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  • Schools seek $4.4 million from Galax

    Galax City Public Schools are asking for $4.4 million in local money for fiscal year 2018, according to a request made by Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill at the April 24 city council meeting.

    The school system’s budget is up 1.3 percent overall, according to documentation from the schools. Fiscal year 2018’s total budget is $15.6 million, up $202,248 from this year’s $15.4 million.

  • No injuries in Carroll bus crash

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County school bus was involved in a two-vehicle accident on Tuesday. The bus was full of students at the time of the accident, but no injuries were reported.

    According to reports from Officer Shannon Goad with the Hillsville Police Department, crews were dispatched to the accident at 1691 Carrollton Pike around 4 p.m. on May 2. The accident occurred at the second traffic light after the Interstate 77 underpass on U.S. 58 West, heading towards Galax.

  • Ogle's fire ruled arson, suspect indicted

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Wythe County man has been arrested and charged in connection with an apartment fire above the former Frogs Ogle’s Deli in Independence.

    According to Independence Police Chief James Wagoner, David Christopher Rose, 29, was indicted by a Grayson County Grand Jury on April 28. Indictments were sealed until his arrest.

  • Community fills need when church sinks money into hole repair

    Camp Zion Church of Galax will host a multi-church dinner and bake sale fundraiser on Friday at the Fairview Ruritan building, but not for themselves.

    In true Twin Counties fashion, they’re doing it to help out a neighbor.

  • 3-year-old dies after Fries accident

    Staff Report

    FRIES — A 3-year-old died on Sunday after he was accidentally run over by his mother.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Jaylen Lineberry was injured by the vehicle in Fries on April 30th at approximately 4 p.m.

    “Jaylen’s mother was moving her vehicle in the driveway while Jaylen was running beside of the vehicle,” Vaughan said. “Jaylen fell down and the rear wheels of the vehicle struck the child.”

  • Galax budget includes tax increase

    Taxpayers in Galax will see a 4.5-cent rate increase in their real estate taxes in fiscal year 2018, according to the final draft of the city’s proposed budget.

    No other taxes are set to increase, according to City Manager Keith Barker.

  • Grayson approves new cell tower

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has approved a special use permit allowing Apex Towers to construct and operate a communications tower and antenna in Elk Creek’s Rural Farm District.

    The motion at the board’s April meeting — made by Supervisor John Fant and approved with a unanimous vote — followed a scheduled public hearing, during which no one had signed up to speak.

  • Grayson budget balances with no tax increase

    INDEPENDENCE — Moving into the final stretch of this year’s budget planning, Interim County Administrator Mitch Smith recently reported that Grayson County has a balanced budget in the works, at no additional cost to the taxpayers for the ninth year in a row.

    Revenues and expenditures for the 2017-2018 budget, according to the most current draft, stand at $20.9 million. Revenue streams include $15.8 million from local sources; $5.08 million from state sources and $16,000 from federal sources, according to the draft.

  • Drug charges, assault among Galax arrests

    Staff Reports

    Two people are charged with drug violations after a traffic stop on April 21 in Galax.

    Eric James Nichols, 30 of Lowgap, N.C., was stopped by Officer Darren Alley for a traffic infraction, according to Galax Police Department report.

  • Local music festivals receive state funds

    Staff Report

    Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) recently awarded sponsorships to 32 Virginia music festivals, including five in the Twin County area.

    VTC awarded a total of $245,448 as part of its 2017 Music Festival Sponsorship Program.

    The 32 awarded music festivals bring in nearly 483,000 in attendance and more than $11 million in ticket sales, with an estimated economic impact of $46.8 million to communities across the Commonwealth, the VTC reported.