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  • Grayson recreation park ready for summer

    INDEPENDENCE — School’s out for summer; and the Grayson County Recreation Park in Independence is prepared with a slate of activities to keep locals entertained.

    Recreation Park Director Kevin Watson highlighted these activities in a presentation at the Grayson County Board of Supervisors’ May meeting.

    Watson began by announcing that the outdoor swimming pool is now open seven days a week, with family nights every Monday and Wednesday.

  • HoustonFest opens Friday in Galax

    Each year HoustonFest is presented by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and a small army of community volunteers. It’s done all in memory of banjo prodigy and volunteer firefighter Houston Caldwell.

    This year’s festival will be held on June 9-10 in Galax’s Felts Park. Caldwell passed away in 2010 at age 18.

  • Lifesaving devices donated to Hillsville PD

    HILLSVILLE — The Friends of Hillsville, along with a grant from Mohawk Industries, have made it possible for all vehicles of the town’s police department to be equipped with automated external defibrillator (AED) devices.

    At Hillsville Town Council’s May 22 meeting, Mayor Greg Crowder explained the non-profit organization’s grant committee applied for a grant from Mohawk Industries that totaled $5,000. The department needed $10,000 to purchase the AEDs and the Friends of Hillsville approved a grant match at its May meeting to complete the project.

  • Man wanted by police arrested at graduation

    A man was arrested during the Galax High School graduation ceremony on June 3, following an earlier incident in Grayson County.

    Alan Michael Mallory, 28, was arrested by Galax police officers while he was attending the GHS graduation ceremony, and turned over to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, deputies responded on June 1 to a domestic dispute at 203 Pine Ridge Lane in Fries.

  • Arrests include embezzling, assault

    Staff Reports

    A Galax woman is charged with felony embezzlement of $200 or more from Rite-Aid, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    Dawn Marie Estrada, 31, was arrested on May 24 by Officer Darrin Alley after his investigation.

    Chief Rick Clark said Alley “was dispatched to Rite-Aid on East Stuart Drive, where he met with a security employee of the store. Estrada is alleged to have diverted cash or property of Rite-Aid to her own use. She was released on a promise to appear” in court.

  • Roberts awarded for service to state police

    Staff Report

    Susan W. Roberts of the Virginia State Police office in Galax was honored by Gov. Terry McAuliffe as one of seven people receiving the 2017 Governor’s Awards for Public Service.

    Roberts was honored in the category for customer service.

    Five successive governors have presented these awards to state employees during a period of more than 15 years.

  • Utility needs driving tax increase in Fries

    FRIES — Town council assured citizens at a recent budget hearing that proposed tax and rate increases are driven by Fries being proactive, not a sign of financial “doom and gloom.”

    A public hearing for the proposed Fries Town Budget for fiscal year 2017-18 was held May 30 in the dining hall of the Fries Community Center. Council members met prior to the hearing to discuss the details of the town’s $1.4 million balanced spending plan; which now includes a proposed 3-cent tax rate increase and other increases for water and sewer rates.

  • Hillsville honors retired diner owner

    HILLSVILLE – Hillsville Town Council honored retired restaurant owner, C.D. “Mac” McPeak of the Hillsville Diner, for his many years of dedicated service at its May 22 regular meeting.

    McPeak recently retired as owner and cook. He started working at the diner in 1970 when he was in high school, and took over the business from his father in 1989.

    The train car-style diner at 525 North Main Street is a Hillsville landmark.

  • Last chance to request absentee primary ballot

    Qualified Virginia voters have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to request an absentee ballot be mailed to them for the June 13 primary election.

    Requests should be made directly to local voter registration offices or online via the Department of Elections’ citizen portal at vote.virginia.gov. The absentee ballot must be received by the local registrar by 7 p.m. June 13.

    The U.S. Postal Service advises that first class delivery takes two to five days, so voters should keep this in mind when casting an absentee ballot by mail.

  • Self-worth presentation for kids earns student national award

    Staff Report

    As they read the list of the five scholarship winners on April 30 at the culmination of the Moose Youth Awareness Congress in Kenosha, Wisc., Houston Dixon stood holding hands with two of her closest friends.