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Today's News

  • Fries author shares stories with visiting students

    FRIES ― For several years, students from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., have paid visits to Fries during their Spring Break Immersion Program.

    Visiting students volunteer with a variety of community service projects such as spring cleaning at the Riverview apartments and repairs/cleaning around the town and at the Fries Community Center. In turn, the students are immersed in the culture of the southern Appalachian region, and learn about the rich history of the Grayson County community.

  • Resident burned in Fries Road house fire

    Staff Report

    Galax firefighters pride themselves on a quick response time, but on Tuesday night it was even faster than usual.

    That was good news for a person who was burned in a cooking-related fire at their home.

    On May 10 at 8:13 p.m., the Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for a reported structure fire at 505 Fries Road in Galax.

  • Suspect in custody after chase through West Galax

    Staff Report

    Galax police searched for several hours on Tuesday for a man who ran when officers tried to serve a warrant.

    According to a police report, Jason Henry Brown, 37, of Galax was spotted by Sgt. Mark Burnett the morning of May 10. Burnett knew that Brown was wanted by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department for violating his probation. When approached, police said Brown fled on foot.

  • Man pleads guilty to federal drug charge

    Staff Report

    ROANOKE – A Galax man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal drug trafficking charges.

    In the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke on May 10, Sylvester Monroe Jackson, 42, of Galax, entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

  • Fries to hold public hearing on budget

    FRIES — The Fries Town Council met on May 3 after the town’s General Election, for a short meeting to discuss several project updates and remind the public about upcoming events.

    Council will hold a public hearing May 17 at 6:30 p.m. concerning the town’s 2016-17 budget. The final meeting on the budget will be held June 7.

    Large item curbside pickup for the Town of Fries is scheduled for June 17. Council informed the public to contact Grayson County Public Works to schedule any pickups, or to find out more about what items will be accepted.

  • Public record for 5/11/16 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2015, in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Carroll considers tax increase

    HILLSVILLE – To balance the budget, Carroll County officials recommend a tax increase for both real estate and personal property.

    Interim County Administrator Nikki Cannon presented the proposed fiscal year 2017 budget to the board of supervisors at Monday’s regular monthly meeting, which outlined the proposed increases and a total budget amount of $41.15 million.

  • Three charged by Galax police

    Staff Reports

    According to a report released by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included the following:

    • Justin Blaine Amburn, 33, of Galax, was arrested by Officer Trevor Jefferson on May 4 at 2:24 a.m. for felony possession of Schedule I or II drugs, two counts misdemeanor contempt of court and four counts misdemeanor revocation of suspended sentence and probation.

  • Old Galax bank has new owner

    While one vacant downtown Galax bank building – the old Carter Bank & Trust – has been pulled down, the former Wachovia bank building at 200 N. Main Street has been purchased by LB Capital Management.

  • Regulators approve bank merger

    Staff Report

    The application by Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd to combine into a single holding company has been approved by federal and state regulators.

    The combination was approved by the Virginia Bureau of Financial Institutions, the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

    Cardinal Bankshares Corp., the parent company of Bank of Floyd, and Grayson Bankshares Inc. announced the approval on Monday.