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Today's News

  • Galax waits to see if lottery plan wins approval

    Galax could receive up to $160,000 in additional state funding per year if a plan goes forward to return some revenue from Virginia Lottery sales to localities.

    In August, City Manager Keith Barker said he received a request for support from a group of Virginia mayors who want legislation passed by the General Assembly that would reallocate some of the lottery funds.

  • Firefighters receive grant for new equipment

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Volunteer Fire Department will receive $180,381 in federal funding to buy new air packs and turnout gear.

    The money is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

  • Readers Hotline 9/21/16

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  • Galax team finishes second in Great Race rally

    Staff Report

    The phrase “to finish is to win” took on real meaning when 84 antique vehicles crossed the finish line in Moline, Ill., out of 109 that started the 2016 Great Race in San Rafael, Cal.

    The Crooked Road Racers, a local team made up of members of Boy Scout Troop 188 and their leader and driver, Dr. Tom Littrell, competed in this year’s rally-style race. The Galax team placed second in the youth division and 46th overall. They drove Littrell’s 1928 Model A Ford Roadster Highboy over 2,500 miles.

  • Brothers celebrate birthdays

    Nolan Jay Spurlin celebrated his fourth birthday on Aug. 8, and his brother Luke Ryan Spurlin celebrated his second birthday on Aug. 29. They are the sons of Jason Spurlin and Jill Cockerham.

    Their grandparents are Mike and Anita Spurlin of Baywood and Danny and Carolyn Cockerham of Galax. Great-grandparents are Louise Diamond and Rubye Cockerham, both of Galax.

  • Devines turn 90

    A 90th birthday anniversary party was held for John (Jack) Devine and his wife Wanda Devine at the home of Jerry and Bobbie Fridley. They celebrated with family and friends.

    They are the parents of a son and spouse, Jacky Devine and Alice of Independence; and daughters, Sandy Cox and Bobbie Fridley of Galax. They have seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

  • Public record for 9/21/16 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in January in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • City to hold info meeting on new stormwater fee

    Staff Report

    A public information meeting regarding Galax’s new Stormwater Management Ordinance will be held on Sept. 26.

    City staff will provide general information on the program and the annual stormwater utility fee charge that will be included with Galax residents’ 2016 property tax invoices.

    Staff will also provide a short presentation on the program and development of the stormwater utility fee charge. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period for the public.

  • Readers Hotline 9/19/16

    Finding hope

  • Grayson gets $700K for housing rehab

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County has been awarded a $700,000 grant in support of the Eagle Bottom Housing Rehabilitation Project.

    The announcement came Sept. 16, in a notification on behalf of Gov. Terry McAuliffe, from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, according to a news release from the county on Friday.

    The money will come in the form of a Community Development Block Grant.