Today's News

  • Deed letter is indeed a scam

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County residents who receive a supposed “deed processing notice” from a company called Property Transfer Service should throw it in the trash, says the circuit court clerk.
    Two citizens who received such a notice — one at the cost of $83  — brought the matter to the attention of Circuit Court Clerk Carolyn Honeycutt, wondering if they actually owed any money.

  • Raises top priority in school budget

    INDEPENDENCE — Raises are the top priority for Grayson County Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant as the school board begins work on the 2013-14 budget.
    Chalfant, who is going through his first budget season as the division’s head administrator, reiterated at the Feb. 25 work session that he remains committed to increasing pay for the division’s personnel.
    Grayson teachers and support staff have gone more than four years with their pay scales frozen and Chalfant said he had hoped to buy back at least two of those salary steps.

  • Galax chief reports 2012 police activity

    Uniformed officers from the Galax Police Department filled the rows of chairs on the right side of the Galax City Council Chamber at Monday night’s meeting as Chief Rick Clark presented the department’s annual report for 2012.
    Clark reported to council members that some forms of crime (assault, burglary, fraud) were down last year, while others (narcotics, DUI arrests, alcohol-related crimes) were on the rise.

  • Making filing less taxing

    With tax season now in full swing, many Americans will seek professional help to file their federal and state returns. But sometimes that professional help can take a chunk out of a taxpayer’s wallet.
    AARP annually offers a free solution for low- to moderate-income taxpayers through its nonprofit Tax-Aide program.
    District coordinator Carol Sheahan has been helping area AARP tax preparation sites for about 13 years. She became involved with Tax-Aide when she found an ad for a volunteer opportunity to prepare taxes for seniors.

  • Memorial organizers seek help

    HILLSVILLE — The monument being built at the Galax Public Library honors all Twin County veterans, including those from Hillsville and Carroll County, project organizers say.
    Gary Lowe and Frank Plichta of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 245 brought that message to Hillsville Town Council’s Feb. 25 meeting.

  • Galax police seeking help to solve vandalism

    The Galax Police Department is looking for information to help solve a vandalism at Galax Auto Sales. The incident is believed to have occurred either Saturday night, February 23 or early Sunday.
    If anyone has helpful information that could assist the department in solving this case, call 236-8101 or text "Galax" followed by the information to TIP411 (847411)

  • Fulwiler, Adams to marry

    Meg Fulwiler of Catharpin and Rocky Fulwiler of Manassas announced the engagement of their daughter, Kathryn, to Aaron Adams, son of Marlene and Garry Adams of Galax.

    Fulwiler is a graduate of George Mason University and is employed by the Virginia State Police.
    Adams is a graduate of Galax High School (2003) and Wytheville Community College. He also is employed by the Virginia State Police.
    A wedding is planned this summer.

  • Public record for 2/27/13 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 October of 2012 in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

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  • General Assembly passes sweeping roads legislation

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    RICHMOND — The 2013 General Assembly achieved something on Feb. 23 that has eluded Virginia legislators for more than a quarter-century: a deal on a sweeping revenue package to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for state road needs.
    In so doing, they delivered a potential legacy-shaping victory to Gov. Bob McDonnell, who swung for the fences going into his last full legislative session in office by pitching a broad plan to revamp how Virginia funds its transportation system.