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Today's News

  • Attention to government should start at local level

    In the past year, the subject of politics has been at the forefront of almost everyone’s minds… or at least, it is certainly a topic people can’t seem to get enough of.

    But in spite of this growing trend, there is still a strong sense of disconnect in attention spans for local politics.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tide falls in 1A West finals but reaches state

    RADFORD – Radford’s Logan Graham claimed her third regional title in three days as she led Radford to a sweep of Galax to take the Region 1A West girls’ tennis title on Wednesday morning.

    Radford did not lose a set on the day as they swept the Maroon Tide 5-0 in the championship matches at Radford University.

  • Freedom stops Cavs in 12

    HILLSVILLE –– The Carroll County softball team was robbed of four games this year due to weather-related cancellations. In two region tournament contests, the Cavaliers got the equivalent of more than two of those games back with 16 extra innings of play.