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Today's News

  • Register now to vote in Nov. 2 election

    Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election.
    Applications are taken at any of the Department of Motor Vehicles’ 74 customer service centers. Local voter registrars also take applications.
    (Monday will be observed as the Columbus Day holiday by DMV and many other state and federal offices).
    Residents should check their voting status before the deadline to make sure they are registered in the correct polling precinct.

  • Outhouse Olympics

    INDEPENDENCE — The annual Mountain Foliage Festival features events you can see nowhere else, like outhouses on wheels racing down the street, a Potty Princess “beauty” pageant and a toilet paper toss.
    The town's Grand Privy Race was recently named the state's official outhouse race by the Virginia General Assembly. Teams pull custom-built outhouses — or “privies” — in a race for the prized bedpan trophy.
    The event kicks off today, Friday, with a pie baking contest and the pageant tonight.

  • Supervisors still hope to find school construction funding

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County officials say they were shocked to learn that the Carroll County school system will not receive any of the $26.7 million sought in federal funding to make school improvements.
    Carroll learned a week ago that it would not be funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program through USDA-Rural Development.

  • Squealers opens BBQ restaurant in Galax

    Squealers Authentic BBQ Co. opened a new restaurant on Sunday at the former Sonic location on East Stuart Drive in Galax, beside Sears, to serve up favorites like smoked pork barbecue, beef brisket, chicken, ribs, homemade sides, desserts and breads — and everything in between.

    The specialty is the barbecue, with every piece slowly cooked for hours in a large smoker to give it the best flavor possible.

  • Galax test scores surpass state benchmarks

    It's nothing new for Galax schools to be fully accredited, based on Standards of Learning scores, and this ability to exceed the required SOL benchmarks allows the system to create new and innovative programs.

  • Shooting victim to undergo facial surgery

    INDEPENDENCE — A man shot in the face remains hospitalized after being critically injured in a Sept. 27 incident in Independence.
    Kenneth Eugene Group II, 47, of Hilltop Drive was shot with a .38 caliber pistol while sitting in a car at his residence. Police said Group was shot through the window glass.
    Group was taken to Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., for treatment.

  • Final appeal denied in double murder case

    The Virginia Supreme Court saw no grounds to consider the last-ditch appeal of a Carroll man convicted of murder in the Nov. 12, 2007, shooting deaths two teens in Fancy Gap.

    In late September, the supreme court declined to hear the appeal of Clinton Eric Burke, who had been found guilty in the deaths of George Adam Fulton, 19, and Dustin Bond, 17, at Fulton's mobile home on Frog Spur Road.

  • Galax wins Region C golf

     WYTHEVILLE – Galax’s top four golfers all came in at 77 or below as the Maroon Tide coasted to the Region C championship Tuesday at Wytheville Golf Club.

    Galax finished with a team score of 296, a full 16 strokes better than runner-up Giles. Both teams will advance to next week’s Group A tournament near Yorktown.

    Brock Cox was the individual champion with a 1-over par 71 on a blustery, chilly day. Cox bogeyed the final two holes but had built enough of a lead to hold off Tanner Carbaugh of Giles by one shot.

  • Public record for 10/6/10 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, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in March in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:
    Joshua Samuel Holley of Galax, guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $25 fine and $101 costs.

  • Turns four

    Landon Phipps celebrated his fourth birthday Sept. 18 with 20 friends at a Backyardiganis Pirate Treasure party at his home. He and his friends enjoyed a fun day of water games, face painting, balloon animals, pumpkin painting and a hayride.

    He and his family also celebrated with a week at North Myrtle Beach and a trip to Chucky Cheese in Winston-Salem, N.C. He is the son of Bobby and Susan Phipps. Grandmothers are Geneva Harris and Juanita Phipps. Godmother is Trisha Hawks.