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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 4/6/16

    Proud of Galax schools
    Thank you for the articles on the high school science fair and the national award on Safe Routes to School. Kudos to everyone involved. We have much to be proud of with our city schools and I appreciate your paper giving them excellent coverage.

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  • Public record for 4/6/16 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in August in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Preliminary county budget has $3.5 million deficit

    HILLSVILLE – Officials in Carroll County will need to work diligently to make up a $3.5 million deficit in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2017. The budget committee met April 1 and learned that the proposed budget is sitting around $42.2 million with total revenue around $38.7 million.

  • Carroll school budget totals $42.5 million

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools’ proposed budget for 2016-2017 totals $42.5 million, up around $1.9 million from the current year.

    The school board submitted its proposed budget to the Carroll County Board of Supervisors on March 29. The total includes $11.8 million in local money, an increase of $228,900 over the current year’s budget.

    The good news is that state funding will increase. Challenges include increasing special education needs, salary increases and larger class sizes.

  • Democrat ends campaign, backs Republican opponent

    Staff Report

    A candidate formerly seeking the Democratic nomination for Virginia’s 9th Congressional District race has dropped out and is endorsing Republican incumbent Morgan Griffith.

    D. Clay Pugh of Sugar Grove announced March 31 that he was suspending his campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives.

    The 9th District includes the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties. Griffith is running for a fourth term in the November election, and Democrats will choose a nominee in Wytheville on May 21.

  • Galax police make felony arrests

    Staff Report

    According to a report released by the Galax Police Department, felony arrests in Galax last week included:

    • Elizabeth Mae Brooks, 28, of Hillsville, was arrested by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on March 27 at midnight for failure to return leased property valued at greater than $200.

    • James Lee Payne, 41, of Hiwassee, was arrested on March 30 at 2:59 p.m. by Officer Drew Burnett for possession of Schedule I/II drugs. He was released on bond pending his arraignment in Galax General District Court.

  • Students get extra math help in city schools

    Galax Elementary School students are getting plenty of hands-on math education, according to teacher Tina Hampton.

    The educator recently made a presentation to the Galax School Board, featuring video of the elementary students learning math.

  • Wind storm left 6,200 powerless

    Staff Reports

    At the height of a turbulent wind storm on Saturday night and Sunday morning, Appalachian Power reported a total of 6,200 customers without electricity in Galax, Fries, Hillsville, Independence, Pipers Gap and Cana.

    The winds, which gusted to around 60 mph, also caused tree damage, with limbs blocking roads and taking out power lines.

  • BRJGT gearing up for 18th season

    Registration is now underway for the 18th season of the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour (BRJGT). The schedule includes four golf academies which will focus on instruction in all phases of the game, one “Golf by the Rules” clinic in which players receive on-course guidance to play the game according the rules of golf, and six tournaments including a season ending two-day tournament.  

  • Grayson breezes to easy wins

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County scored 13 of its 14 runs in two big innings and run-ruled Marion 14-4 in a six-inning Conference 39 game Friday at the Grayson County Recreation Park.

    The Blue Devils put five runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning, stringing together five hits to take command early. Rachel Burris singled home a run and Nikki Lundy followed with a two-run single for a quick 3-0 Blue Devil lead. Two more runs scored on fielders’ choices.