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Today's News

  • Funding requests go up in smoke

    Out of nearly $3.3 million in grant requests for local projects submitted to the Virginia Tobacco Commission, the VTC staff has only recommended $27,800 for one tourism partnership between localities in Virginia and North Carolina.

    The Blue Ridge Crossroad Economic Development Authority — a regional effort by Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties — had requested tobacco commission money for the regional tourism effort, a project referred to as the Blue Ridge Energy Research Center and a sewer treatment package plant at Exit 19 off Interstate 77 in Carroll.

  • Lane charged in fatal wreck

    HILLSVILLE — A 36-year-old Pulaski man, charged with reckless driving in a July 4 fatal crash on U.S. 221, now faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

    Virginia State Police Trooper R.B. Phipps appeared before a magistrate on Saturday to obtain the new charge against William Keith Lane, according to Carroll Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Goad.

    Welcher Vaughn Dalton, 85, of Hillsville, was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., and he later died as the result of injuries he sustained in the accident.

  • Galax police to host community meeting on gangs

    Although no violence had been linked to gangs until a school-property incident this year, the Galax Police Department is heightening its efforts to confront gang-related activities in Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties.

    The police department will hold a town hall meeting at the Galax City Council Chambers, located on the second floor of the Galax Municipal Building, tomorrow, Thursday, at 7 p.m.

    Earlier this year, a 13-year-old Galax Middle School student faced charges after using an act of violence to recruit for an organized street gang, the Bloods.

  • Revved-up Rodeo

    FRIES — When most people think of rodeos they think of horses and cowboys, but the rodeo in Fries on Sunday featured a different kind of horsepower.

    If there were a “Best in Show” award for the Fries Volunteer Fire Department’s 2nd Annual Motorcycle Rodeo, it would have gone to Duane Taylor.

    Duane — along with son Caleb and wife Michelle — won five of the seven events held during the fire department fundraiser.

  • Grayson teams take first losses

    INDEPENDENCE –– Unlike the other 14 teams that played their way into the Dixie Boys AAA and Majors state tournaments, Grayson County didn’t have to win a thing to get a spot in the field as the host team receives automatic berths. Be that as it may, it didn’t take long for both Grayson County teams to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that they belonged there.

  • Walker sisters having dream year

    It’s been a once-in-a-lifetime kind of 2008 for Amber and Beth Walker of Galax. And it continues to be so.

    What has been a whirlwind spring and summer continues this week as both Walkers will be on hand and in uniform Thursday at Kiwanis Field in Salem to battle Team USA once again as the Olympians make their second-to-last exhibition on American soil before heading overseas for the 2008 Summer Games.

  • The Psychology of Compassion

    At 17, Kristen Jennings has already stood in an operating room filled with surgeons watching patients undergo medical procedures.

    And, more prestigiously, the student at Galax High and Southwest Virginia Governor's School has already presented scientific research to a board of professors and scientists.

    Jennings undertook a psychological experiment as part of the governor’s school science fair, as she sought to answer the question of why and how human beings help others in need.

  • Fancy Gap water grant denied

    HILLSVILLE — With the denial of a health department grant for Fancy Gap water, Carroll County officials and citizens wonder where the money to build a public system will come from.

    Learning of the rejection of the grant, Carroll Public Service Authority discussed at its July 14 the idea that there are still options to explore in the ongoing effort to develop land around Interstate 77’s Exit 8 and U.S. 52 to create growth.

  • Rabid fox attacks woman in Fries

    FRIES — After being attacked by a rabid gray fox, a family in Fries managed to kill the ferocious animal on their porch.

    According to Fries Police Chief Bobby Jones, a woman approached him outside his home in Fries last Thursday around 11:30 a.m.

    Jones said the woman had been cut badly and kept saying a raccoon had attacked her.

    The woman was on her way to Twin County Regional Hospital — where she was treated and received several stitches for her wounds — and asked Jones to go look for the animal.

  • Talk about new buses goes round n' round

    INDEPENDENCE — Despite asking for four new buses, the Grayson School system will only be allowed to purchase two — and maybe two more at the end of the year.

    Grayson Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas asked the county board of supervisors to allow the school system to carry over $375,000 of more than half a million dollars left over after the school’s budget came out in the positive.