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Today's News

  • Fireworks will go boom in June

    Galax’s Fourth of July fireworks will be held one night only — just not on July 4 as in past years.
    This year, fireworks will be held at 11 p.m. in Felts Park on Saturday, June 30, instead of July 4 as a result of scheduling conflicts and new state regulations.
    Each year, thousands of spectators gather in or near Felts Park on July 4 to watch fireworks fired off by Galax Volunteer Fire Department members.

  • CVS robbers arrested

    Brian Richard Sloppy, 32, of New Millport, Pa., and Renee Sue Lucas, 22, of Follansbee, W.Va., were arrested and charged on Sunday in connection with a robbery at CVS Pharmacy in Galax.
    Galax police were notified at about 3 p.m. on Sunday that an armed suspect, identified as Sloppy, entered the drug store on East Stuart Drive and gave a pharmacy technician a note that demanded Schedule II narcotics.
    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said that, although Lucas did not enter CVS, she was involved in planning the robbery. He could not comment further on her involvement.

  • Galax foundation awards scholarships

    The Galax Foundation for Excellence in Education recently awarded the following scholarships to Galax High School graduates for the 2011-2012 school year:
    • The Elizabeth Stanford Scholarship and The Twin County Community Hospital Foundation Scholarships Healthcare Field & Margie Vaughan — Chantasy Diontrae Cottrell
    • The Estate of Henry Lindsay Memorial Scholarship — Dante Lamar Ravanell
    • The Rose Thomas Smith Memorial Scholarship — Darius Juwan Brown

  • Fire destroys home in Lambsburg

    LAMBSBURG — A Lambsburg family was not home when a fire totally consumed their residence early Friday morning, according to Carroll County emergency officials.
    A neighbor called 911 at 2:29 a.m. Friday to report the home at 2717 Lambsburg Road was completely engulfed in flames, according to Richard Sowers, chief of Cana Fire Department.
    The first Cana firefighters arrived on scene within five minutes, confirming the intensity of the blaze.

  • Training sparks utility careers

    A local firm, TCR Management Group, recently signed a contract with the Virginia Community College System to provide training classes for utility line groundsman.
    TCR Management’s Eddie Reavis began providing the training through Wytheville Community College two years ago, and has now expanded those vocational offerings to all 23 institutions in the Virginia Community College System, according to Greg Hampton, the company’s business development officer.

  • I-77 blasting to begin in Carroll

    Rolling roadblocks will be used Monday and Tuesday on Interstate 77 in Carroll County between mile markers two and four while blasting is underway to remove rocks from a slope.
    To accommodate the July 4 holiday traffic, adjustments have been made to the work schedule.
    Roadblocks will be used in the northbound and southbound lanes Monday-Tuesday so that crews can conduct two blasts in the area.
    The first rolling roadblock begins at 8:30 a.m. The second will be used after traffic from the earlier blast has cleared — around 10:30 a.m.

  • Grayson to name new school chief

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board will hold a special called meeting Monday to appoint a new superintendent for the school system.
    The meeting in the Grayson County Courthouse Boardroom will begin with a closed session at 5:30 p.m., followed by an open session beginning at 6 p.m.
    At that time, the new school chief will be introduced. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.
    Division Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas is leaving June 30 after serving in the position for the last six years.

  • Galax gets $1.4M for 'Bottom' project

    The City of Galax has been awarded $1.4 million for the Galax Bottom Neighborhood Revitalization project to address storm drainage issues and blight of homes and businesses.
    Galax City Manager Keith Barker said the city was notified on Tuesday that it would receive the award from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The city will receive $800,000 now, and $600,000 later.
    “We’re very excited and pleased about the grant,” said Barker.

  • Doe Run restaurant to re-open

    Foodies and music fans could once again bask in sun or torchlight on the expansive patio of Doe Run when its restaurant opens again this summer.
    Deborah Simmons can remember when Doe Run was the must-visit destination for food and fun in the region, when she enjoyed musical entertainment on the patio herself.
    She wants to revive interest in the resort that straddles the Carroll-Patrick county line at Groundhog Mountain, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Vaughan retires after 5 decades behind the wheel

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    FRIES — Joe Vaughan of Fries attended an awards assembly at Fries School last month and had a surprised look on his face when he was called to the stage to receive an award from principal Elizabeth Brown.
    Vaughan wasn’t expecting an award that day, and he probably didn’t think he would drive a school bus for Grayson County for nearly 60 years, starting in 1954.