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Today's News

  • Galax firefighters get grant for gear, air packs

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Imagine the anticipation and nervousness that Galax Fire Chief David Hankley felt when he first saw the e-mail from FEMA in his inbox.
    After a month of hard work put into writing a grant that would help assist the department in getting replacements for outdated equipment, it call came down to one click of the mouse.

  • Mom promotes awareness of congenital heart defects

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    FRIES — After hours upon hours of waiting and worrying, Emily and Johnathan Moretz received the news that they had been praying for.
    Their youngest daughter, Peyton, was out of surgery and doing fine.
    Not only was she fine, but the next day she was rolling over in bed  — something she had never done before.
    Three or four days later, she was sitting up and smiling.

  • $14.3 million in budgets for Grayson prison

    Key committees in the General Assembly have advanced proposed revisions to Virginia’s two-year budget that include opening a mothballed state prison in Grayson County.
    The original request called for opening the prison by 2014, but a House of Delegates committee wants it to be operational later this year.
    Republican-controlled budget committees from the Senate and House of Delegates produced plans on Feb. 3 that build upon Gov. Bob McDonnell’s amendments to the state’s two-year, $86.5 billion budget.

  • Morris remembered as dedicated salesman

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Frank Edward Morris lived most of his life in Galax and made extensive contributions to the community, especially throughout his long career at American Mirror Company.
    Morris, who passed away on Feb. 3 at age 72, is remembered as a hard worker and a dedicated salesman.
    Morris started working at American Mirror in 1962, and after a couple of years training at the plant and throughout the company, he was made sales manager in 1964.

  • Brewers celebrate 50th anniversary

    Roger and Judy Brewer celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner provided by their daughters and grandchildren.
    They were married Dec. 7, 1962 by Lonnie Shaw at his home.

    They have three daughters, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
    Gifts were received and a trip is planned for early spring.

  • He's three

    William McKenley Hess celebrated his third birthday Feb. 11 at home with family and friends with a Spiderman party.

    He is the son of Pamela Hess of Galax. His maternal grandparents are David and Polly Hess of Galax. He has several aunts and uncles.

  • Public record for 2/6/13 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Nov. 6-21 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Teacher raise would cost Carroll $320,000

    HILLSVILLE — Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposed 2 percent raises for teachers would cost Carroll County Public Schools more than $320,000 to give all employees a pay increase.
    The governor’s proposal for fiscal year 2013-14 involves giving a “compensation supplement for Standards of Quality funded instructional positions,” as Carroll School Board officials discussed at their Jan. 12 meeting.
    Typically, school officials want to give across-the-board raises, not just to the teachers.

  • Health officials say well water should be boiled after flood

    One precaution that homeowners who experienced flooding may need to take is boiling their well water before drinking, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
    State officials have urged residents with wells and septic systems to take precautions following last week’s heavy rains that caused high water and flooding in some Southwest Virginia communities, according to a news release.

  • Carroll man wanted for malicious wounding