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  • 'Mud bog' a success, seeks long-term permit

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Planning Commission has approved a long-term special use permit to allow year-round commercial recreation events on the property of James Carico, near 206 Cattle Drive in Fries.

    After the property hosted a “Mudder’s Day Mud Bog Festival” that attracted more than 500 attendees in May, event organizer and zoning applicant Crystal Leonard contacted the commission about obtaining the permit so that the location could host future activities and festivals.

  • Galax, Independence plan 'National Night Out'

    National Night Out, celebrated across America — and even on some U.S. military bases on foreign soil — is coming to Galax again on Aug. 5.

    “National Night Out started by bringing law enforcement and the community together against crime,” said Galax Police Capt. James Cox. “It gets the public out and lets them know who their public safety officials are. It’s a meet and greet.”

  • Multiple wrecks cause backup on I-77

    FANCY GAP — Virginia State Police responded to a series of four accidents that occurred within two-tenths of a mile on Interstate 77 early Friday.

    According to State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser, the string of incidents began at 5 a.m. in the southbound lane at mile marker 2.8 in Carroll County. A flatbed tractor-trailer carrying aluminum framing for solar panels was traveling southbound when rain caused a passenger car in front of the tractor to hydroplane.

  • Friends pitch in for memorial

    In 2006, Gazette reporter Christopher Brooke snapped a photo of 15-year-old Jamie Lineberry of Hillsville, airborne on his skateboard.

    There, his friends and family say, was his favorite place to be — in the air, with his trusty board beneath him.

    That same photo is just one of the ways his loved ones now keep him immortalized in their hearts.

  • Historic 1908 Courthouse gets makeover

    INDEPENDENCE — For the first time in 20 years, the exterior white trim on the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence is being completely repainted.

    Phillip Osborne of Hemlock Construction has begun the job using two different kinds of lifts to reach the highest points on the building more than 50 feet above ground.

  • Fiddlers will flock to Galax this weekend

    Galax’s population will soar in the coming week, as thousands of fiddlin’ fans descend on the city. Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 79th Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention. The competition opens Monday night and lasts through Aug. 9.

    Most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers will show up Sunday to set up camp.

  • Galax/Carroll Relay for Life raises $87,000

    HILLSVILLE — More than 250 people gathered at Carroll County High School last Friday and Saturday for the annual Galax-Carroll County Relay for Life benefit walk for the American Cancer Society.

    According to the Relay for Life web page, this year’s event included 259 participants and 28 teams. On Monday, Judy Beasley, a coordinator for the walk, confirmed that more than $87,000 was raised this year.

  • Grayson residents can now pay bills at secure 'lockbox'

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County residents now have the opportunity to pay bills to the treasurer’s office without having to pay for postage or leave their vehicles, thanks to a new lockbox service.

  • Car crash snaps pole

    A car accident on Calloway Street in Galax on Monday evening snapped a telephone pole in half.

    The one-vehicle crash occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 28, according to Galax Police Captain James Cox. A maroon 2002 Chevrolet TrailblazerSUV crashed into a telephone pole, snapping it near the base, according to emergency dispatch.

  • Woman wins $1 million in state lottery

    After selling a winning $1 million scratch-off ticket, Cockerham’s Foodmart in Galax received $10,000 from the Virginia Lottery.

    “I was here when the winner came in and scratched it off,” said store manager Travis Felts. He described the winner as a regular at the Foodmart. “A lot of people talk about it. It’s helped all around – sales, gas, everything.”