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Today's News

  • Fire smokes up Creek Bottom Brews

    A fire on Friday at 3:07 p.m. at Creek Bottom Brews on Meadow Street in Galax left a lot of smoke but not much apparent damage and nobody injured, according to Galax Volunteer Fire Chief David Hankley.

  • Information isn't flowing freely

    Dick Hammerstrom, a retired editor, is vice president of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government and chairman of the FOIA Committee of the Virginia Press Association. This column first appeared in the Free-Lance Star of Fredericksburg.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe did not list transparency as a major theme in his campaign for the top elected office in the state. Of course, as any governor-elect would, he told reporters that he planned to run “an open and transparent administration.”

  • Galax police capture man with 24 warrants

    Staff Reports

    A man with 24 outstanding warrants was captured Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Galax after officers retrieved him from a creek.

    Jonathan Thomas Choate, 32, of Sparta, N.C., was arrested after an incident on South Main Street, according to a Galax Police Department news release.

    “Officer Drew Burnett had observed the suspect involved in a suspicious activity while on patrol in West Galax,” the release said. “When Burnett stopped and returned to investigate his observations, the suspect had fled.”

  • Carroll could reclaim training center land

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Doug Smith of Woodlawn presented an opportunity Monday night for the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to obtain usable land around the Southwestern Virginia Training Center, which is scheduled to close in less than two years.

  • Pokemon Go captures local players' imagination

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    It’s a craze. It’s a phenomenon. It’s the reason so many people are walking the streets, singly and in small groups, eyes glued to their cellphones, seeming to be in search of something.

    “Pokemon Go” blends the kids’ game from the 1990s with the technologies of GPS, smartphones and augmented reality. Those people peering into their smartphone cameras see little Pokemon creatures superimposed into real life.

  • Fries Town Council members sworn in

    FRIES ― New and returning members of the Fries Town Council were sworn in by Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk Susan Harrington during the July 7 meeting.

    Those re-elected in May include Richard Farmer, William Davis, JoAnn Gunter, Nancy Hawks and Marie Isom. New member Cynthia Grant and returning member Gary Sumner (who served in several aspects in the past, including mayor), were also welcomed at the meeting.

    At the end of the meeting, council voted on appointments for mayor, vice mayor and clerk/treasurer.

  • Galax has no plans for annexation

    An existing moratorium on city-initiated annexations and county declarations of immunity from annexation has been extended to 2024, thanks to legislation passed during the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session.

    According to a report issued by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, the law affects independent cities like Galax and surrounding counties, but not townships.

  • Readers Hotline 7/13/16

    World’s pothole capital

  • Readers Hotline 7/11/16

    Hurrah!
    Just calling to congratulate Galax on their Fourth of July festivities. I loved the parade being at 7 p.m. That gave us time to get stuff done around home and then drive to Galax and enjoy the parade. Then, the fireworks were really good too. Just wanted to say congratulations and thank you to whoever lined the day up.

    No payoff yet

  • Public record for 7/13/16 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 Oct. 16-28, 2015, in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville: