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  • Galax adds RexFest to festival calendar

    Though the long-running Galax Leaf & String Festival is no more, the city will have a new music festival this year — RexFest

    At its April 11 meeting, Galax City Council voted to approve a request for a new festival to be held in downtown this September.

    Tourism Director Ray Kohl brought council a proposal for RexFest, conceived of by Stevie Barr of Barr’s Fiddle Shop. The event would be held on Sept. 24 and be headlined by popular country act Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, along with 11 supporting bands.

  • Berry charged with drug possession, shoplifting

    Staff Report

    Brian Edward Berry, 26, of Mount Airy, N.C., was arrested on April 17 at 6 p.m. by Galax Police Officer Terry Woods for felony possession of a Schedule I or II drug and misdemeanor shoplifting of goods valued at less than $200.

    According to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, the narcotics were discovered in a search incident to arrest.

  • Gazette sports writer wins Virginia Press awards

    Gazette sports editor Craig Worrell was named a first place winner in two sports content categories by the Virginia Press Association in judging for its contest of 2015 news entries.

    Worrell won first place awards for sports writing portfolio and sports news photo.

    The writing portfolio included a feature written about local sports enthusiast Tommy Adams upon his death in January 2015. Adams was paralyzed for the last 40 years of his life after an accident at age 14.

  • N.C. man dies in logging truck accident

    HILLSVILLE – A single vehicle accident on Interstate 77 on April 24 resulted in the death of a Statesville, N.C., man.

    The accident occurred at the 18 mile-marker in the northbound median in Carroll County.

    According to a Virginia State Police report, a 1995 International tractor-trailer owned by Gregory Trucking of Union Grove, N.C., was hauling a load of lumber when the driver drifted off the left side of the road into the median. The truck continued in the median into a wooded area, where it hit a tree head-on.

  • Four sets of twins set to graduate from GHS

    Twelve years ago, The Gazette ran a picture of something remarkable: six sets of twins, identical and fraternal, all going through the Galax school system, all in elementary school.

    Now, poised at the brink of their senior year’s end, four sets of them are still in the school system and agreed to recreate the original picture.

  • Hall, two incumbents seek Independence council seats

    INDEPENDENCE — Pete Hall of Independence will join two incumbents on the ballot on May 3 for seats on the Independence Town Council.

    Hall was the third candidate to enter the council race this year. He joins incumbents Ronald Sexton and Jason Cassell.

    Three seats are open in the May 3 election, with three candidates in the running. The terms are for four years.

    Evelyn Hughes, whose term expires this year, confirmed in February that she would not run again.

  • Community center, depot, water quality on Fries agenda

    FRIES — After years of anticipation and hard work, the Town of Fries is finally seeing steps toward the realization of the town’s train depot project.

    Council Member Dawn Patton announced at Fries Town Council’s April 19 meeting that bids for construction of the restored railroad depot had been put out on March 20, and that the bidding would close on April 22.

    There are already four people who have picked up bids for the construction, she said.

  • Families displaced by fire finding relief

    In the wake of the apartment fire behind Creek Bottom Brews in Galax, relief efforts have helped three of the four families turned out by the disaster.

    The fourth family — that of the landlord, listed as Eugenia Ibarra Reyes — remains unreachable, but according to Chief David Hankley of the Galax Fire Department, there were no fatalities.

  • One injury in two-car crash in Galax

    A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 58 and Glendale Road on Fruday night at about 7:40 p.m. left one person injured and in need of EMS transport, according to Officer Mark Burnett.

    A red 2000 Ford Focus driven by Rafael S. Cisneros, 37, of Galax, was traveling west on Route 58 when it was struck in the intersection by a black 2004 Chevy Sebring, driven by Larry G. Kenny, 48, of Galax, which was attempting to turn onto Glendale Road.

  • Man charged with second church break-in

    Staff Reports

    A Galax man has been charged for breaking into a second local church.

    Ernest Joseph Garvie Harber, 26, is already charged for trespassing after he was found sleeping in Galax Presbyterian Church on April 8.

    According to a police report, Harber was arrested again on April 15 at 8:03 a.m. by Sgt. Mark Burnett after police responded to a burglary alarm activation at Galax First Baptist Church. An investigation revealed that someone had started to enter through a door when the audible alarm sounded and fled the scene.