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Today's News

  • Town of Fries receives $1 million for FD relocation

    FRIES — The Town of Fries was successful in obtaining a $1 million grant through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to build a new 10,000-square-foot fire department.

    Gov. Tim Kaine announced the award Thursday of over $5 million in grants under the Community Development Block Grant Recovery (CDBG-R) program — one of which was the town's application.

  • Galax police seize $45,000 worth of meth

    Two men have been arrested and charged with drug possession in Galax by members of the Galax Police Department and Twin County Drug Task Force.

    The two arrested were Jorge Luis Quintero, 25, of Sparta, N.C., and Arturo Valejas Hernandez, 33, of Galax.

    Police Officer Jody Poole arrested the two after a traffic stop revealed a quantity of suspected methamphetamine. Poole observed what he suspected as drug activity in his patrol zone on Monday.

  • Veteran to fight for the 9th

    teran from Washington County says he will run as an independent for the 9th District congressional seat now held by Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon.

    Jeremiah Heaton, 33, owns and operates his own business in Damascus.

    Heaton made the announcement while giving a speech in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and stressed that he wanted to kick off his campaign by personally telling U.S. soldiers that they have not been forgotten.

  • School system to fund clerk of works

    INDEPENDENCE — Former Grayson County Administrator Bill Ring was relieved of his clerk of the works duties with the school system as a way to cut expenses during the Sept. 10 board of supervisors meeting.

    Four days later, Ring was appointed by the Grayson County School Board as interim clerk of the works.

    Grayson County Administrator Jonathan Sweet said the county opted to "terminate services with Mr. Ring as a means of saving significant amounts of money."

  • Letter to the Editor for 9/28/09

    Reader finds little to compliment in grammar mistakes

    I was just about to write a letter to compliment a reporter on his correct use of the word “complement” in his “Enterprise Zone” article in The Gazette of Sept. 16, when I read his article about Grayson County school construction in the Sept. 18 edtion.

    In this article, he uses the word “complement” incorrectly. I then realized that he must use the word “complement” for both the word “complement” and the word “compliment.”

  • Fries: a tourist destination

    It was announced last week that the Town of Fries was successful in obtaining a $1 million grant to build a new 10,000-square-foot fire department.

    This is very welcome news for the small town, and shows promise that its master plan could be moving forward.

    Ever since the old Washington Mills left the former cotton mill town, Fries has been attempting to revitalize its downtown sector and make it appealing for prospective developers.

  • Art school nears completion

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts has reached the point of substantial completion, and is expected to hold its first class in the permanent home in February, director Chris Shackelford said.

    Until the school opens early next year, a series of art classes will continue to be held in the Vaughan building beside the Galax Public Library.

  • Nunley, Hawks earn medals at state games

    CHRISTIANSBURG -- Bertha Nunley of Galax and Coy Hawks of Mount Airy, N.C., both earned medals during the Commonwealth Games of Virginia this past summer. The two bowlers represented Blue Ridge Lanes of Galax in the Senior Division (55-over) of the bowling competition, held in Christiansburg.

  • Tide rides hot start to win over Devils

     Galax certainly did not want to give Grayson County anything to celebrate in volleyball this time around.

  • Cavaliers roll Falcons 3-0

     HILLSVILLE -- For a half of a game Thursday, Carroll County’s Southwest District volleyball match with Abingdon looked like Cavalier-Falcon battles from a couple of years ago.