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Today's News

  • New mayor has plans for Fries

    FRIES — At the beginning of the month, members of Fries Town Council selected Richard Farmer as the town’s new mayor.

    Effective Sept. 1, Farmer will fill the spot formerly occupied by Gary Sumner.

    A native to the area, Farmer grew up in the town and spent most of his free time at the Fries Recreation Center, or as he called it, the YMCA. “It was my home… I grew up there,” he said.

    After graduating from Fries High School in 1965, Farmer moved away from the area, where he fulfilled a number of life goals.

  • After 69 years, veteran receives WWII medals

    FRIES — This year, during Independence Day celebrations in Grayson County, a World War II veteran and former prisoner of war from Fries received the medals he’d earned nearly 70 years ago.

    The towns of Independence and Fries each held celebrations to commend and honor Coy Shaffner on July 4. Shaffner was invited to ride in both the Independence and Fries parades, and ceremonies were scheduled to follow both parades, in which Shaffner was honored with his medals and ribbon board.

  • FedEx indicted for illegal drug deliveries

    SAN FRANCISCO, Cal. — A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted FedEx Corporation, FedEx Express Inc. and FedEx Corporate Services Inc. on July 17 with conspiracies to traffic in controlled substances and misbranded prescription drugs for its role in distributing controlled substances and prescription drugs for illegal Internet pharmacies.

    The charges allege that FedEx has known for the past decade that it was delivering illegal drugs to dealers and addicts, and had been warned in 2004 that it was violating state and federal law.

  • Grayson weighing bleacher options

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Public Schools will hire an engineering group to provide options for bleacher replacement after school board members approved the expense at their regular meeting this month.

    The school division has been looking at using some leftover grant money (roughly $206,000) for the bleachers at the high school – which are in dire need of replacement and pose a safety hazard.

    Superintendent Kevin Chalfant previously provided the board with three options:

  • Galax citizens reform beautification committee

    Longtime Galax residents will remember the efforts of Eloise and Frank Vass — a married couple, now retired to a nursing facility in Charlotte, N.C. — who spearheaded efforts to beautify the city in years pass.

    Mary Guynn — Eloise’s sister, and formerly a city council member — remembers their work well, and she wants to evoke the spirit of the Vasses through her own latest project: another beautification committee.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/23/14

    Don’t fall for it

  • Readers' Hotline 7/21/14

    Out of control
    The U.S. government is out of control and the fault lies on both of the main parties. The U.S. is being sold down the river. Unless we throw out an anchor, we are going over the falls. Big government is not an answer. It is the big problem. The economy of the U.S. is strangled with regulations and unsure taxes and now insurance problems. All the problems come from what were originally good ideas but the results of overzealous leaders have resulted in death of the U.S.

    No free rides

  • On the path to a cure for cancer

    Relay for Life brings together people from all walks of life in a common cause

    By Judy Beasley, Galax/Carroll Relay for Life

  • Tougher DUI laws making a difference

    Ten years ago, state lawmakers looked at a high-profile DUI case, listened to law enforcement and said, “Enough is enough.”

    A bipartisan group drafted more than 70 bills seeking to stiffen penalties and enact near-zero-tolerance for repeat offenders.

    Did it work?

    DUI fatalities in Virginia have dropped by 21 percent since 2005, according to Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles statistics. Crashes related to drinking and driving have fallen about 30 percent. Convictions for the offense have stayed relatively steady.

  • BBQ contest adds People's Choice award

    This year’s 10th Annual Smoke on the Mountain barbecue contest will be held July 18-19 in downtown Galax.

    For the first time, the public will have a chance to vote in a People’s Choice contest, sponsored by Horton's Supermarket of Galax.