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Today's News

  • Water projects making progress

    INDEPENDENCE — A site has been chosen for the new regional water system in Independence — but the land purchase must still be negotiated.

    Bobby Lane of Lane Engineering updated Independence Town Council Oct. 14 on the progress of both the new water system and the upgrades to the town's wastewater plant — both of which will serve the new state prison being built just outside Independence.

    Lane said a site has been chosen for the new water plant, but the land had not been secured yet.

  • Art school renovation to begin

    After several delays and more than two years after purchasing a building, USDA Rural Development has given Galax the go-ahead to solicit bids for renovating the old First National Bank building downtown into Chestnut Creek School of the Arts by mid-2009.

    Bids for construction will be opened Oct. 30, and are expected to be presented to Galax City Council on Nov. 10. After the bidder is chosen and the contract awarded, construction should begin before the end of the year.

  • Davis named teacher of the year

    Princess Davis, a third-grade teacher at Fairview Elementary School has been named the Galax Wal-Mart store's teacher of the year for 2008, after she was chosen from nominees in the Twin County area.

    Wal-Mart officials presented the award to Davis during a surprise ceremony amongst family, friends, faculty, staff and students of Fairview Elementary. Her daughter and granddaughter even flew in from Atlanta for the event.

    A graduate and dedicated fan of Virginia Tech, Davis has taught third grade a Fairview for 36 years, inspiring more than 700 students.

  • Free clinic to hold fundraiser

    An extravaganza fundraising event for the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties will be held Friday and Saturday at the Grover King VFW Post 1115 in Hillsville.

    Friday night starts at 7 p.m. and will feature bluegrass and old-time music with JoAnn Redd & Friends, Kilby Spencer & Friends, The Heritage IV, James Marshall and The Highlanders.

    Hot dogs and drinks will be available, with $5 admission.

  • HOPEfest raises money for children around the world

    FAIRVIEW — The 2nd Annual HOPEfest on Oct. 11 raised more than $14,000 to benefit the Infantile Scoliosis Outreach Program (ISOP) and Grayson-Carroll Shriners.

    Jennifer and Brandon Davis, of Galax, organized the event, held at the Fairview Ruritan Club.

    The couple's 3-year-old son Evan developed infantile scoliosis at three months of age.

    After spending all but three months of his life in casts and braces, Evan is hopefully done.

  • Beloved pastor passes away

    INDEPENDENCE — A minister known as having a “million friends” and who preached an estimated 6,000 local funerals has died.

    The Rev. Fred E. Jennings, 80, of Baywood, died last Tuesday.

    Jennings was born and raised in Grayson County where he spread the Word of God for more than 50-years.

  • Mandatory water draws fire

    HILLSVILLE — A Dugspur man told two Carroll County boards last Tuesday that he doesn't want to be left high and dry on the issues of water in his community and on mandatory connections.

    Citizen Arden Huff has been working to raise interest in water supplied by the Carroll Public Service Authority to Dugspur, and he now feels that the rules have changed in midstream.

    Mandatory connections would require, under certain conditions, imposing a fee for a residence that's not hooked up to the water system.

  • Town sets conditions on airport proposal

    INDEPENDENCE — The Twin County Regional Airport Commission received another vote in favor of restructuring on Oct. 9 — but may have a fight left with Independence.

    Town council members discussed a plan to give up Independence's seat on the commission only if members from Galax, Carroll and Grayson give up theirs and new members are appointed.

  • State grants two AEP hikes

    State regulators last week approved two rate increases sought by Appalachian Power Co., and later this month will hold a public hearing on a third proposal that could increase customers' electricity costs by an average of nearly 24 percent.

    The approved rates were less than the company originally requested, but spokesman Todd Burns said the electric utility supported the State Corporation Commission's decisions.

    One case involved Appalachian's request for a fuel rate increase.

  • Theatre Guild casts new play

    In the Galax Theatre Guild and New River Players' production of the romantic, light-hearted comedy, “I Take This Man,” a woman tricks an amnesiac into thinking he's her loving husband, leading to a hilarious series of events.

    The guild will present the play on Nov. 15 and 22 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Rex Theater in downtown Galax.