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Today's News

  • Sign shines light on Fries history

    FRIES ― After the sun set and the rain cleared on the evening of July 2, a large crowd of Fries residents and supporters gathered together outside of the Fries Community Center (known also by Fries natives as the “Y” or the “Rec Center”), to celebrate the lighting of the newly-refurbished Fries Theatre sign.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 11

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Galax man was indicted on two counts of rape last Friday by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.

    Jovanni Martinez Garcia, 28, was indicted on the two charges that involved a female less than 13 years old. One count allegedly occurred on or about April 4, and the other on or about April 7, 2016.

    The grand jury indicted a total of 11 people on 18 charges, in addition to several sealed indictments that will be opened later after warrants are served.

  • 'Trespass' pot operations a growing problem

    Staff Reports

    The Virginia Farm Bureau and police in Southwest Virginia are urging farmers to be on the lookout for marijuana “trespass grows” on their property.

    Among rows of corn and between hay bales all over the region, growers are planting marijuana without the land owners’ knowledge.

  • Galax police report arrests

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included drug and firearms violations and revocation of a suspended sentence.

    Karen Sue Hawks, 44, of Lowgap, N.C., was charged on July 15 by Sgt. Shawny Jones for two counts of possession or transportation of firearms or ammunition by a convicted felon. The arrest resulted from a traffic stop conducted by Jones.

  • Tax revenue shortfall means no state money for raises

    Due to the state’s overestimation of this fiscal year’s budget, the school system’s dreams of expanding positions and giving raises out of state funds will be put on hold this time, according to Galax City Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    Instead, the Galax School Board will have to rework its budget to pay for the raises with local funds.

  • Shelter closed due to disease outbreak

    The Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter will be closed until July 27 due to an outbreak of parvovirus, according to City Manager Keith Barker.

    Parvo is a very contagious, life-threatening illness that affects dogs and cats.

    There are strains that can affect humans, but these are different from those that pets can catch and carry.

  • Ordinance would ban animals from events in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — After some citizens had bad encounters with animals, Hillsville is considering an ordinance banning all animals at town events.

    The ordinance would still allow service animals.

    Council Member Greg Yonce brought up the issue at the July 11 meeting, saying he had been contacted by citizens who wanted a “no dogs” ordinance for the town’s monthly classic car cruise-ins.

    “That pit bull with a logging chain on it scared a lot of people,” Yonce said, referring to an animal that was at the July cruise-in.

  • VDOT puts Carroll roads on project list

    The Commonwealth Transportation Board has added two new projects in Carroll County to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s six-year plan. These projects include U.S. 52 North spot improvements and Cranberry Road improvements.

  • Carroll proposes utility rate increases

    At the July 11 Carroll County Public Service Authority meeting, the PSA set a public hearing on Sept. 12 to hear comments on increases to residential and commercial water and sewer rates.

    “If we do not raise our water rates to some level, we will not be eligible for grants,” said authority member Tom Littrell.

    The meeting will take place at the Carroll Board of Supervisors’ conference room on the second floor of the Carroll County Complex (the site of regular PSA meetings) at 3 p.m.

  • Behind the scenes with the BBQ Kings

    Teams roll into downtown Galax for Smoke on the Mountain starting Thursday afternoon, like an army setting up camp before a major, if very festive, battle.

    Among the veterans of this particular challenge are Kings Cooking from Shelby, N.C. According to Smoke’s chief organizer, Ron Passmore, the team has been involved since the beginning, and their presence was a large part of why the competition took off 12 years ago.

    This year’s Smoke was held July 15-16.