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Today's News

  • Colonels await Tide in 1A semis

    Galax and Altavista, holders of the last three Group A Division 1 state championships in boys’ basketball, will meet at 6 p.m. this evening (Friday) at the Salem Civic Center in the semifinals of the inaugural Group 1A state tournament. The good news for Galax is that the Maroon Tide holds two of those three most recent titles. The good news for Altavista is that most of the kids that won it last year are back for more.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/5/14

    Doing what he can

  • City passes law allowing golf carts on streets

    A draft ordinance to allow golf carts on city streets in downtown Galax has been approved and put into action by Galax City Council.
    The final decision was made to approve the ordinance after a public hearing on Feb. 24.
    The ordinance will allow the carts to travel on 70 different 25 mph roads within the city limits — including many downtown areas such as Main, Oldtown and Grayson streets — from April 1 through Oct. 31 each year.
    According to the ordinance, several other steps are required in order to legally operate a golf cart in the city:

  • Bills could have impact on lives of Virginians

     

    House bill targets mail-order drugs

  • Grayson finances go from 'almost broke' to stable

    INDEPENDENCE — After being declared “almost broke” in 2009, Grayson County’s financial health improved to stable condition in 2013, according to an auditor’s report presented during the board of supervisors’ February meeting.
    The most telling example: County Administrator Jonathan Sweet said that in 2010, Grayson only had enough money to last one day in its operating reserves. In 2013, reserves could have lasted the county up to two months.

  • Fuller Center puts faith in action

    HILLSVILLE — Two sizable donations and the faith of Fuller Center for Housing members has built the foundation for the Carroll County’s organization’s second home project, says Oliver McBride.
    A little more than a year after officials with the Fuller Center for Housing - Greater Carroll County Area turned over the keys for the first home to Krystal Rosier, the non-profit has a blueprint to find a second deserving family and raise a second house, McBride said last week.

  • Which books can be excluded from library?

    The Galax High School’s library book committee has made progress in recent months, developing a system and testing it out on books that are typically geared towards the teen population to weed out what some consider objectionable volumes.
    Now that an idea is taking shape, the committee is working to fine-tune the screening system, called a matrix, and ready it for use.
    The GHS library is shared by middle and high school students.

  • Nelson, Rippey to be married

    Harold and Judy Nelson of Galax announced the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Nicole, to William Matthew Rippey, son of Tommy Rippey and Janie Morris of Cana.

    Nelson is a 2005 graduate of Galax High School.
    She is a 2008 graduate of Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, where she received an associate in applied science degree of veterinary technology.
    She is employed at Galax Veterinary Clinic.
    Rippey is a 2003 graduate of Carroll County High School.
    He is employed at Wal-Mart in Galax.

  • Sapp, Cole marry

    Mary Sharlene Sapp and Jeffrey Lee Cole of Fries were united in marriage Jan. 18, 2014, by the Rev. John Williams and the Rev. Bene Haga at Fries Baptist Church.
    The bride is the daughter of Junior and Darlene Anderson. She is the granddaughter of Dorothy Vaughan.

    The bridegroom is the son of Pauline Cole and the late Bobby Cole. He is the grandson of Lillian Hash.
    The bride was given in marriage by her parents and children.
    Maid of honor was Amber Tate, daughter of the bride and groom.

  • Public record for 3/5/14 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Oct. 2-16, 2013, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville: