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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 7/9/14

    Running a tab
    Concerning the $30,000 owed for school meals, when Carroll County teachers don’t pay for their own kids’ meals and run an outstanding balance, why do they expect anybody else to pay?

    Losing appeal

  • Farmer named Fries mayor

    FRIES — A short and sweet meeting of the Fries Town Council was held to clean up this year’s budget, and put council members in their appropriate seats for their new terms on July 1.

    Two members of council were replaced this year during the May elections.

    Richard Farmer was chosen by voters this year over former mayor Gary Sumner.

    Incumbent council member Jerry McCormick tied with challenger Marie Isom, but he decided to concede his seat after the results were made official.

  • Hillsville still dealing with chief's departure

    HILLSVILLE — One week after the Hillsville Police Chief Greg Bolen announced that he would be resigning from his position, effective the week of July 14, there are no definitive plans in place to hire a new chief to fill the vacancy.

    Citing town politics and rumors about his possible firing as the reason behind his exit, Bolen turned in his notice on June 30 and took the slightly more than two weeks of vacation time he had built up.

  • Supervisor opts out of Wildwood vote

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County supervisors voted to provide the county’s share in a security bond for a Virginia Department of Transportation grant to construct an industrial access road to the future Wildwood Commerce Park in Carroll County, but one supervisor stood in the middle of the road in the decision, and abstained from the 4-0 vote.

  • Baywood wreck victim airlifted

    A 24-year-old Mount Airy, N.C., resident was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after wrecking his pickup truck in the Baywood area of Grayson County on July 4.

    According to Virginia State Trooper Jessie Tilson, Morgan Butler was speeding in his Chevrolet along Pleasant Grove Road near U.S. 58 when he lost control, veered off the right side of the road, plunged down an embankment and hit a tree. Tilson said the accident occurred around 6:15 p.m.

  • Burglar breaks into local tienda

    Security camera photos show a suspect who broke in to Disco Tienda Korita, located in the

    Magic Mart Shopping Center in Galax, on the night of July 2.

    Police say the person broke the door glass, entered the store and took a box of items. The suspect then fled on foot.

    If you have any information about this or other crimes, the Galax Police Department asks that you call (276) 236-8101.

    You may also text GALAX to TIP411 followed by your tip and remain anonymous.

  • Burglars attempt robberies at local cellular stores

    The Galax Police Department is investigating the burglary and attempted burglary of two U.S. Cellular stores, and police in other jurisdictions say the same suspects may have hit U.S. Cellular stores there, as well.

    According to police, at 6:38 a.m. on July 6, the suspects gained entry to the front door of the U.S. Cellular Store in the Food City Plaza in Galax. No property was taken and the suspects exited the store in less than two minutes.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/7/14

    No access
    I took my kids to Providence School in Fries to the playground the other day. I didn’t realize they had turned it into Fort Knox. Everything is locked up tight. Kids can no longer play on the playground. What do you think about that, taxpayers? We paid for it. Now we can’t use it.
    Editor’s note: The former school is property of the Fries Volunteer Fire Department, which uses it for a substation and to host fundraising events.

    Who’s in charge?

  • Chief's departure raises questions about Hillsville

    Later this month, the town of Hillsville will say goodbye to the second police chief in the past two years who was not in the mood to deal with extra drama associated with an already difficult position.

    And we can’t say we blame him or his predecessor one bit for getting out of that situation on their own terms.

    Chief Greg Bolen turned in his resignation to the town on June 30, after hearing repeatedly that his job may or may not be threatened after the new town council took office July 1.

  • Budget passes despite objections

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed its 2015 budget on June 25, despite a continued disagreement about one of the smallest budgeted expenditures: $8,300 allocated toward a roofing project at the Flatridge Community Center.