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Today's News

  • Memorial Day has special significance in Galax this year

    By Frank Plichta, Galax

    For many families, Memorial Day is a most sacred time to remember their family members who served in the Armed Forces and sacrificed all that they had, to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy today.

    Many thousands fell on the battlefields around the world, some never to return home and some that are still missing after many years. Still many more returned home and lived out their lives in their communities for which they fought unselfishly.

  • Grayson seeks way to pay for bleachers

    INDEPENDENCE — The school system and the county are dealing with tight budgets this year, which has left both parties concerned about how to fund the construction of the new football bleachers at Grayson County High School.

  • Relief effort underway for fire victim

    Dusty Shores, 61, of Galax, was burned, lost his kitchen and had the rest of his some saturated with smoke last Tuesday, when a hot wax treatment for arthritis ignited on his stove.

    Family members are helping out and collecting donations through a GoFundMe online fundraiser.

  • Carroll adds roads to VDOT plan

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors last week approved a plan that outlines 30 roads slated for surface improvements over the next six years.

    The Virginia Department of Transportation’s proposed secondary six-year road plan was approved at the supervisors’ May regular monthly meeting.

  • Fries author shares stories with visiting students

    FRIES ― For several years, students from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., have paid visits to Fries during their Spring Break Immersion Program.

    Visiting students volunteer with a variety of community service projects such as spring cleaning at the Riverview apartments and repairs/cleaning around the town and at the Fries Community Center. In turn, the students are immersed in the culture of the southern Appalachian region, and learn about the rich history of the Grayson County community.

  • Resident burned in Fries Road house fire

    Staff Report

    Galax firefighters pride themselves on a quick response time, but on Tuesday night it was even faster than usual.

    That was good news for a person who was burned in a cooking-related fire at their home.

    On May 10 at 8:13 p.m., the Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for a reported structure fire at 505 Fries Road in Galax.

  • Suspect in custody after chase through West Galax

    Staff Report

    Galax police searched for several hours on Tuesday for a man who ran when officers tried to serve a warrant.

    According to a police report, Jason Henry Brown, 37, of Galax was spotted by Sgt. Mark Burnett the morning of May 10. Burnett knew that Brown was wanted by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department for violating his probation. When approached, police said Brown fled on foot.

  • Man pleads guilty to federal drug charge

    Staff Report

    ROANOKE – A Galax man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal drug trafficking charges.

    In the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke on May 10, Sylvester Monroe Jackson, 42, of Galax, entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

  • Fries to hold public hearing on budget

    FRIES — The Fries Town Council met on May 3 after the town’s General Election, for a short meeting to discuss several project updates and remind the public about upcoming events.

    Council will hold a public hearing May 17 at 6:30 p.m. concerning the town’s 2016-17 budget. The final meeting on the budget will be held June 7.

    Large item curbside pickup for the Town of Fries is scheduled for June 17. Council informed the public to contact Grayson County Public Works to schedule any pickups, or to find out more about what items will be accepted.

  • Public record for 5/11/16 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 Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2015, in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville: