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  • Town hears update from firefighters

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council heard an update from the fire department and approved the department’s 2017 list of officers during its first meeting of the year on Jan. 10.

    “Through 2016, we had one of the busiest years we’ve ever had since we started keeping record,” said Chief Gary Hash of the Independence Volunteer Fire Department, who spoke to council at the beginning of the meeting. According to his data, Hash said the department answered around 160 calls for service.

  • Local women march into history

    When Janet Tate of Laurel Fork decided to attend the Women’s March on Washington last weekend, she didn’t necessarily seem a likely attendee. White, middle class and married, she arguably has a degree of privilege that puts her above the fray.

    But that’s not how she saw it.

    “Women my age went to march because we know how it was before,” said Tate.

  • Asbury to lead economic development authority

    Staff Report

    The Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority’s board of directors has selected Katherine Asbury as its new executive director.

    Asbury received a masters of public policy from the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. She also received a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Virginia.

  • Charges include resisting arrest, grand larceny

    Staff Reports

    Police say a Galax man was charged with resisting arrest when police served a warrant on him Jan. 15.

    James Edward Goad, 58, was arrested after he was stopped for suspicion of DUI, said Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Officer Terry Woods “recognized him and had personal knowledge that we possessed an active warrant for his arrest for brandishing a firearm,” Clark said.

  • Police: traffic stop resulted in assault

    Staff Report

    FRIES — A traffic stop in Fries led to a struggle between a suspect and a deputy, when the suspect reportedly rammed into the deputy using his shoulder in an effort to elude arrest while he was being searched for weapons.

  • County moves ahead with water projects

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Public Service Authority heard updates on several utility projects and chose new leaders at its Jan. 9 meeting.

    Jessica Montgomery, PSA executive director, said the authority is working to set up a meeting with Mount Airy, N.C., officials to discuss the possibility of purchasing water to supply the Cana-Meadowbrook area. She said it could involve an extension of the city’s water system along the U.S. 52 corridor.

  • Six seek Republican nomination in Carroll

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE — Six Republican candidates have filed for the Carroll County Board of Supervisors election to be held Nov. 7, including a candidate with the same name as a supervisor currently serving.

    Three seats are open this year on the board of supervisors and three on the Carroll County School Board. Terms are for four years.

    The filing deadline for Republican supervisor candidates was noon Monday.

  • TCRH implements new flu visitation guidelines

    Staff Report

    Twin County Regional Hospital is taking precautions to minimize the spread of flu-like illnesses, according to a report issued by Martha Cole, TCRH’s marketing director.

    “The health of our community is very important to us,” said Susan Cox, the hospital’s infection prevention coordinator. “The flu increases the risk of severe complications to patients with other illnesses, especially in individuals who are receiving cancer treatments, or whose immune systems may be compromised.”

  • Bogeys closing after 11 years

    Bogeys Restaurant, after changing hands and seeing periods of success and struggle since August 2005 when it first opened, is closing again, this time permanently

    At the end of shift on Saturday, the popular Galax eatery will close its doors. A new owner plans to re-open soon, with a new name and concept.

    Bogeys is located at the corner of Glendale Road and Country Club Lane.

  • Galax employment office moving

    The Virginia Employment Commission office in Galax will be moving to a new location from Jan. 25-27 and will re-open Jan. 30 as usual, according to VEC Communications Manager Joyce Fogg.

    The new location will be in Suite 167 at the Crossroads Institute in Galax, said Fogg from Richmond during a phone interview on Monday.