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Today's News

  • Galax man charged with burglary

    Marshall Marceaux, 26, of Galax was arrested and charged with burglary of a home in Galax on July 8.
    Galax police were called to the home of Doug and Mary Ellen Vaught on Friday after they discovered that their home had been broken into.
    The victims reported prescription medicine and jewelry had been taken.
    Galax Police Officer Bill Shaffner and Detective J.B. Greer charged Marceaux with the offense.
    He was transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail pending his appearance in the Galax General District Court.

  • Project won't close Galax street — for now

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture will not continue, for now, plans for an expansion project that would have required closing a part of Railroad Avenue, said Doug Bassett, Vaughan-Bassett’s executive vice president and COO.
    Vaughan-Bassett broke ground for its $1 million, four-phase, 16,000-square-foot expansion in May and plans to be finished with construction by the end of the year, as announced at a press conference on June 2.

  • Hillsville's annexed area could grow

    HILLSVILLE — A property owner near Interstate 77's Exit 14 feels left out of Hillsville's pending annexation of the busy commercial area, Carroll County officials discussed Monday.

  • Oracle Institute appeals case, citing discrimination

    INDEPENDENCE — The woman behind a spiritual retreat planned for Grayson County says she was discriminated against and her constitutional rights were violated when the board of supervisors unanimously voted to deny her a special use permit last month.
    Laura George, president of the Oracle Institute, had requested the permit to build a spiritual education center on an 11-acre property in the Wilson District. The center would have taught spirituality and ethical environmental practices.

  • Hot Competition

    Professional barbecue teams from all over the country will come to downtown Galax this weekend to compete for the coveted handmade banjo trophy, bragging rights and a chance to take their team to the 2011 “Memphis In May” World Championship in Tennessee.

  • General Assembly honors Life Center of Galax

    The Life Center of Galax and its employees were honored recently by the Virginia General Assembly, which signed a resolution commending the center on Painter Street for its 37 years of service to help those battling substance abuse.

  • Water treatment plants recognized

    Three water plants from the Twin Counties were among 80 in Virginia recognized for excellence in filtration and treatment processes, and for their everyday operations.
    Gold awards were given to plants operated by the towns of Fries and Hillsville. A silver award went to Galax.
    The Virginia Department of Health‘s 2009 Excellence in Granular Media Water Treatment Plant Performance Awards were presented to 79 of the 131 treatment plants in the state that use “granular media gravity flow filters” to clean public water supplies.

  • Cockerham Oil builds propane storage facility

    Cockerham Oil recently built a propane storage facility to provide propane service to businesses and residences in the Carroll-Grayson-Galax area.

  • Davis family deals with latest tragedy

    Since Jerry and Wilma Davis were married 24 years ago, they have lived one tragedy after another.
    Injuries, illness, layoffs and losses have plagued the couple, and the latest setback occurred this spring.

  • Mapping Carroll's Future

    HILLSVILLE — Citizens have until the end of August to sift through Carroll County's 243-page draft comprehensive plan and share their reactions.

    Ronald Newman, the Carroll planning official, hoped during a rollout of the draft plan last Thursday that people would take this opportunity to get involved in making the document that looks 20 years into the future.