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  • 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.

  • Local school buses require safety retrofit

    The Virginia Department of Education has notified the Commonwealth’s 132 school divisions that as many as 4,000 school buses may need retrofitting to install a safety device that prevents the parking brake from accidentally disengaging.

    School officials said that a total of 23 buses in Galax, Carroll and Grayson need retrofitting for the brake interlock.

  • Motorcycle rider dies in Carroll crash

    HILLSVILLE – A Radford man was killed in a motorcycle accident in Carroll County over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

    According to a news release from the Virginia State Police, there were six traffic fatalities over the weekend and four of those were motorcycle crashes.

    State Trooper J.D. Delp reported that authorities were dispatched to an accident at 4492 Danville Pike (U.S. 58) at 12:10 p.m. on May 27. The accident occurred at the intersection of Danville Pike and Route 673 (Pilgrims Trail), about three miles outside the Town of Hillsville.

  • Galax bus service is now Mountain Lynx

    Staff Report

    Mountain Lynx Transit is the new name for the local public transportation program that serves residents of Galax and the Carroll and Grayson County communities, along with other towns and counties in Virginia’s Planning District Three.

    For more than three decades, local public transportation services have been provided by District Three Governmental Cooperative in cooperation with local governments. Traditionally, these transit buses are white with blue trim, and bear the District Three markings on the side.

  • FBI agent from Galax is one of nation's 'Top Cops'

    The life of Stanley Meador, this year’s Galax High School commencement speaker, is told in spare sentences and a purely factual delivery, partly because, like most Twin County natives, he’s modest about himself – and partly because some of it’s classified.

    The Galax native is an FBI agent who is currently supervisory senior resident agent of the Wilmington Resident Agency out of the Charlotte Division. The Wilmington office covers eight surrounding counties.

  • Tax plans from governor candidates compared

    Landmark News Service

    Candidates seeking your vote in this month’s gubernatorial primaries want to change the way you’re taxed.

    But navigating their proposals is no easy task in an election that has drawn more attention for being a potential early referendum on President Donald Trump’s popularity than for anything else.

    Virginia’s tax system has not undergone significant changes in decades. Some candidates have talked about how they would alter it, while others have produced detailed written plans.