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Today's News

  • Grayson Highlands School should open by August

    INDEPENDENCE — If all goes as planned — though nothing has so far — the new Grayson Highlands School will open Aug. 9 for the beginning of the 2010-11 school year.
    Board members received the update on the school from Maintenance Supervisor Roy Anders during its regular meeting Monday night.

  • Local author plans book signings

    John Nunn will appear at two Galax book signings this weekend for the Galax history book he co-authored with his sister, Judith Nunn Alley.
    Nunn will sign copies of “Galax” at Snickerdoodles from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, 122 S. Main St.; and at Magic Mart on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., 1077 E. Stuart Drive.
    The book includes more than 200 vintage images from the first 50 years of Galax, and is the most recent addition to the popular “Images of America” series from Arcadia Publishing.

  • Appalachian Power Co. gets far less of an increase than requested

    The Virginia State Corporation Commission has substantially reduced the base rate increase sought by Appalachian Power Co. in a ruling issued today that meets a legislative deadline.
    The ruling, in combination with a drop in a separate charge, will lower the average residential customer‘s monthly electric bill.

  • Sink or swim time for new restaurant

    HILLSVILLE — On the eve of the opening of Stingray's Restaurant, a roomful of employees took the plunge in a training session on the importance of customer service.
    When the new business opens in the Hickory Hills Shopping Center, possibly as soon as next week, it'll be sink-or-swim time for the 35 employees cast into the deep end of a challenging service industry.

    So the management — Michell Coffin and owner Aniello Palumbo — called in Stephanie Surrett of the Virginia Department of Business Assistance in order to successfully navigate the sometimes turbulent waters of the work.

  • Theatre guild holding auditions for musical

    The Galax Theatre Guild will hold auditions Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and Monday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Galax for its upcoming production of the bluegrass/gospel musical play “Smoke on the Mountain.”
    “Smoke on the Mountain” — not to be confused with the annual state barbecue festival that takes place in Galax — is a hilarious musical was written by Connie Ray and conceived by Alan Bailey, with music by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick.

  • Rabid animals reported in Galax, Carroll

    A rabid raccoon that bit a dog at a home on Kenbrook Drive Sunday is the first case for the city this year, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.
    Two separate incidents in which infected foxes attacked humans have been reported in Carroll County.

  • Man faces drug charges

    Dow William Owens, 26, of Haysi, was arrested July 9 and charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, according to a Galax Police Department report.
    Owens was charged by Police Officer Darren Alley, who was conducting a routine traffic stop. Alley's observations led to a search of the vehicle, which resulted in Owens being charged.
    Owens was sent to the New River Valley Regional Jail pending his appearance in the Galax General District Court.

  • Galax man charged with burglary

    Marshall Marceaux, 26, of Galax was arrested and charged with burglary of a home in Galax on July 8.
    Galax police were called to the home of Doug and Mary Ellen Vaught on Friday after they discovered that their home had been broken into.
    The victims reported prescription medicine and jewelry had been taken.
    Galax Police Officer Bill Shaffner and Detective J.B. Greer charged Marceaux with the offense.
    He was transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail pending his appearance in the Galax General District Court.

  • Project won't close Galax street — for now

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture will not continue, for now, plans for an expansion project that would have required closing a part of Railroad Avenue, said Doug Bassett, Vaughan-Bassett’s executive vice president and COO.
    Vaughan-Bassett broke ground for its $1 million, four-phase, 16,000-square-foot expansion in May and plans to be finished with construction by the end of the year, as announced at a press conference on June 2.

  • Hillsville's annexed area could grow

    HILLSVILLE — A property owner near Interstate 77's Exit 14 feels left out of Hillsville's pending annexation of the busy commercial area, Carroll County officials discussed Monday.