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Today's News

  • IDA takes care of business expansion details

    After last Tuesday morning’s press conference at the Carroll County municipal building announcing the creation of 51 new jobs by Andrews Farming Inc. and its sister company ANDCO Logistics, the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority held a called meeting to vote on details concerning the announcement.

    During the meeting, the IDA voted unanimously on several motions, including approval to sublease the property to ANDCO and Andrews Farming. The property is owned by Virginia Produce, leased by the IDA, and is now being subleased to ANDCO and Andrews

  • Saving green in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Recycling has a payoff to Grayson County.

    This year alone, Grayson has made $49,398 in revenue and saved $22,550 in landfill fees from citizens who recycle cardboard, newspapers, magazines, plastic, aluminum and steel.

    “The $156 fee on everyone’s property tax bill for yearly trash pickup has not gone up since 2008 because of recycling revenues,” said Assistant County Administrator Mitch Smith, at a public tour of Grayson’s recycling facility. “The more we recycle, the more money we save for our citizens.”

  • Firefighters, tenants participate in drill

    Residents of downtown Galax saw smoke but no fire last Tuesday night when the Galax Fire Department conducted an intensive training session at an apartment building on Center Street.

    The training was set up to simulate “a large fire on the third floor with possible civilian entrapment” according to Capt. Mike Ayers. “Last night’s training was a culmination of several previous trainings that we have had this summer,” he said Oct. 22, listing them as “search and rescue, hose advancement, ladder rescues and mayday.

  • Vehicle fire closes part of I-77

    A tractor-trailer fire of unknown origin caused part of Interstate 77 around mile marker 6.7 to be shut down on Friday, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. Mike Musser.

    Musser said the vehicle was coming up the mountain around 7 a.m. when the truck caught fire. The driver pulled over and exited the cab, which burned, along with part of the payload, said Musser.

    “He just noticed it started smoking,” Musser said. “Nobody was hurt. The driver pulled over and jumped out.”

  • Ministry raising money to buy old Hillcrest Church

    McMillian Ministries has spent its time and energy so far trying to be a dynamic spiritual force in the community. This Saturday evening, it’s asking for just a little help back.

    The ministry boasts an active youth program, including a June conference, and is famed for its formal Winter Ball in February at the Elks Lodge, which Pastor Sue Greene describes as no less than “a black tie event.”

    Pretty impressive for a church whose congregation has no building of its own.

  • Galax 5K has been running 25 years

    Blue skies with puffy clouds and a crisp wind characterized the weather for the 25th Annual Twin County Regional Healthcare Galax Autumn Days 5K Run last Saturday.

    The race, which started and ended in Felts Park, with a circuit extending through part of downtown Galax, drew past competitors and new entrants. After registering and receiving number tags, the runners awaited the race eagerly.

  • Man charged with vending machine burglaries

    A Galax man has been arrested and charged with a series of crimes that were first reported on Oct. 15.

    The Galax Police Department investigated numerous complaints of damage to vending machines across the city, and damage at two car washes.

    Michael Darin Haynes, 39, was arrested after an investigation conducted by Officer John Reavis, who viewed surveillance tapes and obtained a description of the suspect’s vehicle. The vehicle was located by Sgt. Mark Burnett on South Main Street in Galax on Oct. 20, according to a police report.

  • Readers Hotline 10/29/14

    Flabbergasted
    I just read a comment by one of the best that flabbergasted me. This person has been sucked into believing that Obama grew up poor and living with only his mother. That is laugh out loud funny. Obama exaggerated his upbringing because he wanted people to believe he grew up in the ‘hood. He grew up pretty well to do. There wasn’t a problem of money for his family or him. Obama will go down in history as the worst president. Thank Heaven our state is rejecting Medicaid expansion. We can’t afford it.

  • Public record for 10/29/14 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in May in the Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:
    Arley Jason Simpkins of Fries, guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $25 fine and $121 costs.

  • Readers Hotline 10/27/14

    Asking for a fine
    I would like to invite the Galax police to sit at the corner of Glendale and Cliffview and please give tickets out to everyone who is simply either too stupid or just ignorant and will not use their turn signals when they are planning on turning to Cliffview. I believe we could probably take care of the national debt in a day if they would just sit there and write tickets.

    Isolate Ebola