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  • Fries plans first fair since 1950s

    FRIES — For the first time in nearly 70 years, the town of Fries has announced the arrival of a four-day fair for kids and adults to enjoy.

    The Fries Fun Fair will be held April 27-30, by the New River. Provided by Lisko Family Midway Amusements, the fair will feature a number of rides, game booths and food stations throughout the long weekend.

  • Grayson's eye in the sky

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson now has a handy eye in the sky available, thanks to a recent certification allowing the county to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for mapping and other potentially life-saving uses.

  • County offers tax relief to seniors, veterans, disabled

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is offering two tax relief programs that benefit local veterans, the elderly and the disabled.

    At the April meeting of the Grayson Board of Supervisors, Commissioner of the Revenue Larry Bolt talked about the county’s real estate tax relief program for the elderly and disabled. Passing around a handout for the program, Bolt explained that his office provides an initial questionnaire to the public, to give citizens an opportunity to see if they may qualify.

  • Firefighters extinguish blaze at unoccupied house

    Staff Report

    FRIES — Fries and Galax firefighters battled a fully involved structure fire at an unoccupied building in Fries on Monday morning.

    According to a report from Chief Chad Stanley, the Fries Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on Barbershop Lane at 3:42 a.m. on April 17. Upon arrival, the department found a one-story, unoccupied house that was fully engulfed.

  • Car hits Galax bank

    No injuries occurred on Wednesday around 2 p.m. when a car crashed into the glass foyer of BB&T on East Stuart Drive in Galax, according to the Galax Police Department.

    The incident left the lobby temporarily closed.

    Sgt. Mark Burnett said that an elderly man reported that he pulled into a parking space directly in front of the entrance when the brakes on his car, a Ford Lumina, failed. The crash caused the metal frame of the foyer to buckle at and around the point of impact, and two panes of glass to shatter.

  • Galax arrests include felony larceny, drug possession

    Two people are charged with felony larceny for a break-in in Galax last week.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Sgt. Mark Burnett and officers John Reavis and Tyler Houk responded to a report of suspicious activity on Mill Street.

    “While they were investigating, Houk observed three individuals flee from a residence in an obvious attempt to avoid detection,” Chief Rick Clark. said. “He gave chase and ultimately detained the three after a short foot chase.”

  • 10 Carroll roads set for improvement

    HILLSVILLE – Ten roads in Carroll County should receive improvements this year, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s proposed six-year road plan.

    Representatives from VDOT were present at the April 10 meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to discuss the plan and hold a public hearing on road improvements in the county.

  • Crash flips vehicle onto parked car

    HILLSVILLE – A wreck in Hillsville on Tuesday sent one woman to the hospital and caused significant damage after her car flipped over upside down onto a parked vehicle.

    The accident occurred shortly after noon at 300 North Main Street in Hillsville.

  • Independence apartment fire investigated

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the former Ogle’s Restaurant building Saturday.

    According to a report from the fire department, the department arrived at the building on South Independence Avenue on April 15 at 11:47 p.m. At the scene, firefighters discovered flames coming out of two windows on the second floor of the building.

  • Enrollment down at WCC

    Enrollment at Wytheville Community College has dropped slightly from last year – 2,359 as opposed to the previous 2,434, WCC President Dr. Dean Sprinkle said in his annual report to Galax City Council.

    At the April 10 council meeting, Sprinkle said 225 students this year are from Galax, compared to 240 the year before; and 70 Galax High School students took dual enrollment classes for college credit, down from 74 last year.