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Today's News

  • HoustonFest opens Friday in Galax

    Each year HoustonFest is presented by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and a small army of community volunteers. It’s done all in memory of banjo prodigy and volunteer firefighter Houston Caldwell.

    This year’s festival will be held on June 9-10 in Galax’s Felts Park. Caldwell passed away in 2010 at age 18.

  • Lifesaving devices donated to Hillsville PD

    HILLSVILLE — The Friends of Hillsville, along with a grant from Mohawk Industries, have made it possible for all vehicles of the town’s police department to be equipped with automated external defibrillator (AED) devices.

    At Hillsville Town Council’s May 22 meeting, Mayor Greg Crowder explained the non-profit organization’s grant committee applied for a grant from Mohawk Industries that totaled $5,000. The department needed $10,000 to purchase the AEDs and the Friends of Hillsville approved a grant match at its May meeting to complete the project.

  • He's four

    Donald “Porky” Peck is celebrating his birthday Saturday with a Power Rangers party May 20 with family and friends.

    He turned age four on May 15. His father is Robert Peck and his mother is Chasity McMillian, both of Cana.

  • Public record for 6/7/17 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.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in January in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Man wanted by police arrested at graduation

    A man was arrested during the Galax High School graduation ceremony on June 3, following an earlier incident in Grayson County.

    Alan Michael Mallory, 28, was arrested by Galax police officers while he was attending the GHS graduation ceremony, and turned over to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, deputies responded on June 1 to a domestic dispute at 203 Pine Ridge Lane in Fries.

  • Readers Hotline 6/5/17

    Getting away with it
    I want to say kudos to the police department and sheriff’s department for doing their jobs getting drug dealers and drug users off the street. I want to give a raspberry to the court system that keeps turning them out. They get away with everything because they know this is the place to come to get busted because, hey, you go to court and they will give you probation. You walk out and start dealing drugs again. Again, thanks to those doing their jobs. Too bad the justice system in this county and city can’t do the same.

  • 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.