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  • Council approves rezoning for Sheetz

    It appears that, after much anticipation, Galax will get a Sheetz.
    At Monday night’s Galax City Council meeting, council voted to allow the rezoning of a portion of 1084 E. Stuart Drive from Mobile Home Park (RMH) to General Business (B-2) so that Sheetz Inc. can move forward in building a convenience store at the location.
    All voted yes, except Dr. Robert Lazo, who was not present for the meeting.

  • Riverside wreck victim airlifted

    UPDATED: The Galax-Grayson EMS, Virginia State Police, Galax Fire Department and Grayson Sheriff's Office all responded to a one-vehicle accident on Riverside Drive in Grayson County at around 2:45 p.m. Monday.

    The vehicle's male driver was the sole victim involved, according to Virginia State Trooper Jessie Tilson.

  • Carroll plans for worst case scenario

    The clock is ticking… and yet the Commonwealth still hasn’t passed a state budget. Localities have moved past being antsy about the situation at this point, and with less than a month to go before the state passes their deadline, local governments are scrambling to come up with a plan B.
    David Hutchins, chairman of the Carroll County supervisors, called a special meeting on June 2 so that the board and other county officials could discuss implications of moving into the summer months with no state budget.

  • 3 charged in connection with meth lab

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police have charged three people in connection with a meth lab on Coon Ridge Road in Carroll County.
    The department received a tip about suspicious purchases related to the manufacturing of meth, and obtained a search warrant for 1347 Coon Ridge Road after midnight on May 28, according to state police Sgt. M.T. Conroy.

  • Galax house lost to fire

    The Galax Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 440 Poplar Knob Road off of Country Club Lane at approximately 3 p.m. on June 4.

  • Company pays EPA for acid cleanup

    ROANOKE — The federal government is recovering $150,000 of the $500,000 it spent cleaning up hundreds of acid-filled drums from a property in Carroll County in 2009.

  • City will fund social services

    Galax City Council has unanimously approved a motion for the city to fund Galax Social Services for the next month, by the end of which hopefully the state will have come to an agreement on a budget.
    Galax Social Services Director Susan Clark addressed council on the matter at its May 27 meeting. She said her department has a June 1-May 31 budget cycle, meaning there will be one month without funding, before the state budget — if there is one — kicks in July 1.

  • Carroll to hold hearings June 9

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors will conduct four public hearings at its June 9 meeting.
    The hearings include:
    • The supervisors will accept public comments concerning the transfer of Woodlawn School to the Industrial Development Authority (IDA).
    The Carroll County School Board closed Woodlawn School in 2013 and transferred the building and grounds to the supervisors.  The supervisors have previously sought public input as to potential uses of the facility; however no definite plans have been made.

  • Police arrest three in meth lab bust

    HILLSVILLE ― Virginia State Police have charged three people in connection with a meth lab on Coon Ridge Road in Carroll County.

  • Independence has positive financial forecast

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence is in better financial shape than it’s been in some time, according to town council members and its town manager during a recent public hearing on its 2014-15 budget.
    No citizens attended the hearing, but council member Jason Cassell began a discussion by asking Town Manager Jerry Hughes how he felt about the budget for the coming fiscal year.
    “From the town manager’s standpoint, are we in pretty decent shape financially?” he asked Hughes.
    Hughes promptly answered, “Yes.”