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Today's News

  • Doug Brown lays down his spatula

    Copyright 2016, The Alleghany News. Reprinted with permission

    SPARTA, N.C. — After more than 45 years, Doug Brown is retiring from the restaurant business. “I’m laying my spatula down,” the owner of Brown’s Restaurant on Jones Street in Sparta, N.C., said.

    Thursday was the last day the restaurant known for home cooking was open to the public. The business has been sold to Darren Koontz, owner of The Pines, a restaurant name that has been part Brown’s own history, and is now located on North Main Street.

  • Weight room dedicated in Carico's memory

    INDEPENDENCE — The August meeting of the Grayson County School Board included dedications to two former members of school administration, who were key in positively influencing the direction and growth of the school system.

    At the end of the meeting, the board recessed and reassembled at the Grayson County High School’s new weight room, for a special dedication to former school board member Tim “T.T.” Carico.

    Carico was elected to the school board this year. He died unexpectedly in July, from injuries sustained in an accident at his home.

  • Edwards plans to take dance conservatory to next stage

    Staff Report

    At the school where she trained to dance as a youth, Taylor Edwards is returning to Galax to serve as director of dance education at The Conservatory of Dance and Theatre.

    Edwards, who completed her training with the Galax Youth Ballet and The Conservatory of Dance and Theatre in 2010, will be expanding the recreation dance program; offering dance classes such as jazz, tap and modern; and also adding additional classes to the preschool and elementary age programs.

  • Driver injured in U.S. 58 crash

    Staff Reports

    A two-vehicle accident on Tuesday on Carrollton Pike at 3:45 p.m. left one driver with lower back injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper C.M. Delp.

    A white 2006 Acura 4-door, driven by Ludia Estrada, 39, of Galax, was attempting to cross U.S. 58 from Winterberry Road when she pulled out in front of a green 2004 Honda 4-door driven by Rebecca Bolt, 53, of Galax, who was headed west into the city. The Honda struck the Acura at an angle, and the subsequent accident sheared a median road sign off at its base.

  • Adams promoted to sergeant for Independence Police

    INDEPENDENCE — Members of the Independence Town Council gathered this month to celebrate Matthew Adams of the Independence Police Department and his recent promotion to sergeant.

    Council congratulated Adams, and the group celebrated with cake and punch before the start of council’s monthly town meeting. Police Chief James Wagoner presented Adams with his badge during the celebration.

  • Grant will pay for jobs, trade, upgrades

    INDEPENDENCE — Core Health and Fitness recently received a $309,000 grant from the Port of Virginia, which will assist in funding job additions, utilizing the port for importing and exporting, and moving forward with a capital project to improve the company’s distribution center in Independence.

    The Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Grant Program awards money to qualified companies as an incentive to locate new operations or expand existing operations in the Commonwealth, which in turn facilitates the growth of the port.

  • Galax arrests include drugs, felony shoplifting

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, recent arrests included:

    • Nathan Joe Dowell, 36, of Independence, charged by Officer Chris Hines on Aug. 7 at 10:11 p.m. for felony possession of controlled substances and other unspecified charges.

    • Daniel Tyree Lester, 29, of Galax, arrested by Hines on Aug. 7 at 10:24 p.m. and charged with felony possession of controlled substances and misdemeanor possession/distribution of controlled substance paraphernalia.

  • Readers Hotline 8/17/16

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  • Khan-Con brings fans together

    The second annual Khan-Con last weekend was a destination for lovers of comics, sci-fi and fantasy movies, games and other genres of fandom; and offered a chance for attendees to be real-life heroes for a local boy suffering from a rare disease, Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy.

  • Hartig, Burress to be married

    Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hartig of Lewis Center, Ohio, announced the engagement of their daughter, Jackie, to Matthew Burress, son of Chuck and Karen Burress of Galax.

    The couple recently got engaged on a mountain overlooking the Tuscany region of Italy while they were on vacation.
    Hartig attended The Ohio State University for her undergraduate studies, and Burress is a graduate of Radford University.