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  • Fire on Kenbrook leaves no one harmed

    A fire on Kenbrook Drive in Galax left some personal property damage Tuesday night, but nobody injured, according to Galax Assistant Fire Chief Mark Burnett.

    According to Burnett, firefighters were sent out at 7:43 p.m. When they arrived, they found approximately 10 people in the yard, only one of whom spoke English. “They were hysterical,” said Burnett, “The smoke was coming out from under the eaves. They said they were in town, and they came back and found the fire. The daddy went in and used bathtub water to put the fire out.”

  • Bill would require sex offenders to give notice before coming to schools

    RICHMOND — The House of Delegates passed a bill Tuesday requiring a public hearing before a sex offender can obtain permission to be on school grounds.

    The bill is sponsored by Del. Jeff Campbell (R-Smyth), whose 6th District includes part of Carroll County.

  • Family seeks justice for dog's shooting

    FANCY GAP — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and a Fancy Gap family are searching for information to locate an unknown suspect that came onto the family’s property and killed their dog by shooting her in the chest.

    According to Sheriff J.B. Gardner and investigating officer Josh Carlan, this isn’t the first time they have been called to investigate an animal death in that area. “This happened to another dog earlier in the summer, roughly in the same spot,” Gardner said on Wednesday.

  • Pedestrian hit by tractor trailer on interstate dies from injuries

    State police responded to a tractor trailer accident on I-77 North Wednesday night that resulted in one fatality, when a pedestrian reportedly walked into the right travel lane, where he was hit by a tractor trailer.

    According to a report from Special Agent Russell Edwards on Thursday, police were called to the 19.8 mile marker of the interstate at approximately 8:18 p.m., on reports of a tractor trailer striking a pedestrian in the right travel lane of the interstate.

  • Town: communication breakdown with internet provider

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Communities that offer fast Internet speeds gain advantage over those that do not. Businesses are considered more likely to move to and remain in such places, because it makes it easier to send and receive today’s larger computer files.

  • Fries Rec Center undergoing changes

    FRIES — Members of a new Fries Recreation Center Board were slated to begin their terms in January, but before that could happen, the former members disbanded the board and dissolved the 501c3 non-profit organization that ran the center.

    The facility is a center in more than name — housing town offices, recreational activities, sports programs, meeting areas, a swimming pool and a library, it’s the hub of daily life for many in Fries.

  • Fire on Kenbrook leaves no one harmed

     

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    A fire on Kenwood Drive in Galax Tuesday night left some personal property damage but nobody injured, according to Galax Assistant Fire Chief Mark Burnett.

     

    According to Burnett, the firefighters were sent out at 7:43 p.m. When they arrived, they found approximately 10 people in the yard, only one of whom spoke English.

  • Elk Creek collision sends two to hospital

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    ELK CREEK — A two-vehicle Grayson County crash sent two to the hospital on Jan. 28.

    The 12:30 p.m. Elk Creek Parkway (U.S. 21) wreck occurred when a 2014 Kia Soul driven by Ronald K. Garrett, 69, of Crockett, attempted to pass a 1977 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Wanda Galyean Wampler, 76, of Galax, according to a report by Virginia State Police Trooper D.A. Phipps.

  • HVFD receives grant to replace fire truck

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department received a $3,500 grant from Walmart to assist in the replacement of a fire truck lost to a crash and the implementation of a new honor guard.

    Galax Walmart manager Todd Taylor and Community Involvement Coordinator Pam Chamberlain presented the check to Fire Chief Donnie Spangler on Jan. 9.

  • Honeycutt retiring after 23 years as court clerk

    HILLSVILLE — Soon after she was elected, Circuit Court Clerk Carolyn Honeycutt worked numerous late hours during a murder trial involving the death of a two-year-old child.

    The trial took place outside the old courthouse in Hillsville, and was scheduled for a handful of days. However, the amount of evidence and deliberation kept Honeycutt at work late into the night.

    “Not sure if many people know this, but the last person to finish at the courthouse is usually the clerk,” said Honeycutt, who is retiring after more than two decades in office.