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Today's News

  • Kaine tours CCHS lab, Vaughan-Bassett plant

    U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) made two Twin Counties stops on his way through Southwest Virginia last Thursday, visiting the STEM lab at Carroll County High School and the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture plant in Galax.

    The stops were part of Kaine’s swing through Virginia on U.S. 58.

    At the CCHS lab, Kaine saw several students demonstrate projects they’re working on. The STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) lab at CCHS had a strong agricultural focus, and a farm for its use.

  • Grayson keeping school chief interviews confidential

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    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board will conduct interviews with candidates to fill the school superintendent’s seat from Aug. 24 to Sept. 2.

    Board Chairman Larry Bartlett confirmed that candidates for superintendent will be interviewed “in a closed meeting at an undisclosed location for the next 15 days [beginning Aug. 24].”

    The school board received 27 inquiries about the position and 19 applications, according to a summary provided by School Board Chairman Larry Bartlett.

  • Construction firm based at Crossroads lands $6.5M contract

    On April 30, the few at Crossroads Institute who knew exhibited quiet satisfaction.

    Candor Construction Inc., a general contractor that three years ago entered the Crossroads incubator in Galax, had just landed a $6.5 million shopping center construction project in Morgantown, W.Va. “You don’t hear numbers that big in this building very often,” quipped one Crossroads board member.

  • Crossroads celebrates successful decade

    Ten years ago, when the Crossroads Institute opened its doors, the goal was to bolster opportunities for education and economic development in the region.

    But what took place was something beyond what anyone expected. Not only did the facility succeed in giving local individuals a step up to higher education, and a wide range of employment opportunities, it also played a key role in uniting Galax, Carroll County and Grayson County in their shared goals of economic development.

  • Galax expanding court, police dispatch

    The W. Harold Snead Safety Building, home of the Galax Police Department and Galax General District Court, is getting an addition soon.

    “We borrowed the money in fiscal year 2015 and did a bond with the projects for the veterans’ memorial, the conversion of the old health department to the juvenile probation offices and the police department addition,” said City Manager Keith Barker, who noted that the expenditure was approved in the budget.

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  • Baker, Bond to marry

    Donald R. Bond and Sue Bond of Galax recently announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Magen, to Alex Baker, son of Kathy Cox of Independence and John Baker of Roanoke.

    A wedding is being planned for Sept. 26 in Mouth of Wilson.
    Family and friends are invited to attend.

  • Patton family celebrates birthdays

    Children of the late Arthur and Susie Patton celebrated their brother Frank’s 80th birthday at their former home place that is now the New River Lodge in Galax.

    Five of the siblings have reached age 80 — Wilma, Odell, Hazel, Junior and now Frank. There was food, singing, and music by the Loose Strings. About 60 friends and family members enjoyed the day. Pictured (from left) Millie Bullins, Hazel Montgomery, Nell Williams, Bobbie Patton, Odell Hall and Wilma Showalter. Seated in front are Frank Patton and William Arthur Patton Jr.

  • Twins turn 90

    Alma Ruth Phillips Vaught and Arnold J. Phillips celebrated their 90th birthday on June 21, 2015, at the Jerusalem United Methodist Church decoration and homecoming luncheon.

  • She's five

    Taelynn Isabella Mundy celebrated her fifth birthday on July 2 at Chuck E. Cheese’s in Winston-Salem, N.C. Her sisters, Hope Gaynor and Timber Mundy, helped her celebrate along with many special friends and family members. She is the daughter of John and Tammy Utt of Woodlawn and Tim and Britt Mundy of Max Meadows. Her maternal grandparents are Brenda Liddle of Woodlawn and Charles Liddle of Galax. Her paternal grandparents are Don and Mabelene Beverly of Cana and Wayne Mundy of Cana.