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Today's News

  • Project Lifesaver to hold fundraiser

    The fifth annual Golf and Summer Bash fundraiser to benefit Project Lifesaver, is Saturday at the Galax Municipal Golf Course and clubhouse.
    Project Lifesaver is a non-profit agency that works with individuals with autism, Down syndrome, dementia, Alzheimer’s and related disorders.
    Golfing shotgun start times are 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Music and hors d’oeuvres are at 4:30 p.m. and dinner, catered by Blue Moon Catering, is at 6.

  • Police capture python in Galax

    Police officers have to go after some slippery characters in their line of work, but none like the slithering suspect nabbed last week.

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said the department "had numerous calls of a python in and on Clover Street."

    Police were dispatched to the area, and Officer Chris Hines was able to wrangle the snake into a bag.

    Clark said a member of the police department "is boarding the snake until
    someone claims it."

    The animal shelter does not house reptiles.

  • Former court clerk dies at age 80

    Former Carroll County Circuit Court clerk Mason Brooks Montgomery, Sr., died Friday at his home. He was 80.
    He served 24 years as clerk of court, after previously serving as deputy commissioner for eight years.
    He was a past member of the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Galax Moose Lodge.
    Montgomery was born in Carroll County to the late William Henry Harrison Montgomery and Valeria Stilwell Montgomery.

  • New speed limit could boost reckless driving charges

    Going 11 miles per hour over the speed limit on some interstate sections in Virginia could lead to a reckless driving charge later this summer.
    Virginia has begun a process of evaluating whether to increase the speed  limit from 65 mph to 70 mph on its interstate highways. Several parts of interstates 77 and 81 in Western Virginia are under consideration.
    Because the legal definition of reckless driving includes going faster than 80 mph, the custom of some drivers to exceed the limit by 10 mph will bring them dangerously close to a major legal sanction.

  • Two injured after paint truck loses brakes

    WHITETOP — Two Virginia Department of Transportation workers were injured Monday after their truck lost its brakes and overturned.
    State Trooper Jessie Tilson said Harold Dalton, 59, of Ivanhoe, was operating a truck painting lines on Virginia 600 in Whitetop when the truck lost its brakes.

  • Oracle Institute sues Grayson County

    UPDATED — ORIGINAL DOCUMENT ATTACHED: READ THE ORACLE INSTITUTE'S LAWSUIT

    INDEPENDENCE — The Oracle Institute is suing Grayson County, saying the Board of Supervisors and a number of county officials discriminated against the organization's founder when they denied her a special use permit for a spiritual retreat center in the Wilson District.

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  • Developer alledges mutual 'mistake' in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — An alleged “mutual mistake” by Carroll County and Weststar Investments throws into doubt the settlement on ownership of a wastewater pump station, according to a complaint filed in circuit court.
    County officials and company owner Marshall Lineberry tried to correct a situation in 2008 that transferred a pump station on U.S. 58 near the industrial park to Weststar Investments.
    The Carroll Public Service Authority uses the station to send wastewater through the Woodlawn system to Galax for treatment.

  • Vaughan waives hearing

    HILLSVILLE — Two felony charges against a Galax man accused of fleeing from the scene of a drug sting in April will go to Carroll Circuit Court, but other charges will be taken up by federal prosecutors.
    Police filed multiple charges against Donald Scott Vaughan, 52, after the Twin County Drug Task Force set up a drug buy in the Interstate 77 Exit 14 area.

  • Praisin' in the Park returns

    For Jennifer Morris, coordinator of the 3rd Annual Praisin' in the Park community Bible school, it's about bringing churches together, watching kids make friends and seeing them get to know Jesus.
    Praisin' in the Park, a free event for rising kindergartners through rising sixth graders, will be held July 25-29 in Felts Park in Galax. The community  celebration will begin on Sunday, from 4-7 p.m., with a night of family activities featuring food, games, inflatables and live Christian music from local bands.