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Today's News

  • Art school announces grand opening events

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts will celebrate its official opening in downtown Galax with a black tie gala on Friday evening and a community celebration of the arts on Saturday.

    The Colorful Black Tie Gala is planned for Friday evening from 7 to 10. The school will host “Women of the Blue Ridge Plateau,” the opening exhibit for “Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts.”

  • Convictions lead to deportation

    HILLSVILLE — A Kernersville, N.C., man pleaded guilty in Carroll County Circuit Court last Thursday to several charges related to an April 16, 2009, shooting.

    The Carroll County grand jury indicted Emilio Rubio-Gonzalez, 25, on multiple charges in December, according to information from the court.

    Those charges include:

    • two counts of attempted second-degree murder against Jimmie W. Grunden and Mark E. Hunley

    • three counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle

    • two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

  • What's down the road for VDOT in Carroll?

    HILLSVILLE — As staff get ready to lock the doors and turn off the lights for the last time at the Virginia Department of Transportation office in Carroll County, a spokeswoman says the state agency has not made all the decisions about how the shutdown process will unwind.

  • Kohl named new Galax tourism director

    Ray Kohl of Galax has been named director of the Galax Visitor Center, and is replacing the position of Galax Tourism Director, last held by Chuck Riedhammer, who resigned last month.

    Kohl was hired last Thursday and will begin in the new position today, Monday.

  • Grayson faces potential deficit

    INDEPENDENCE – Citing a possible deficit of more than $5.5 million by December, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors has begun crunching numbers for the 2010-11 budget.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet addressed the board during its first work session last Wednesday night and noted that the goal of the meeting was to give supervisors a broad look at projected revenues and expenses the county will encounter as it moves into a new budget year.

    Sweet first asked supervisors to consider informally adopting a budget mission as they begin the three-month process.

  • Tire fire under investigation

    HILLSVILLE — A pile of tires that burned last Wednesday at a Carroll County residence has sparked an investigation by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, emergency officials say.

    Shortly after responding to a vehicle fire, Hillsville Fire Department personnel got alerted to a blaze at 3960 Poplar Camp Road, according to information from David Young, the department's photographer. This was at the residence of Sandy Cochran.

  • 'Parade of the Arts' part of art school celebration

    The Young Actors Co-op — a group of talented, young actors — will ham it up in Victorian-era theater costumes and show off their juggling and unicycle-riding skills in the Parade of the Arts on Saturday at noon, a featured event of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts' grand opening.

    The parade will begin at the Galax Recreation Center and head north on Main Street, turning onto Center Street and then onto Grayson Street.

    “This parade is going to be full of fun and surprises,” said Sandra Hankley, a volunteer for CCSA.

  • Suspect attempts escape in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Police officers foiled an escape attempt Monday morning that started at the door of the Carroll County Governmental Center, according to Hillsville Police Chief Steve Williams.

    Town Officer Dennis Boyer had no problems serving a warrant on Jason Eugene Brown, 29, of Hillsville for a shoplifting charge. It was the third offense, which made it a felony, Williams said.

    They were going to the Carroll Sheriff's Office for processing when Brown broke away and tried to run around 11 a.m.

  • DEQ begins tire fire investigation

    ABINGDON — Clean-up has begun on last Wednesday's tire fire in Carroll County, and state Department of Environmental Quality officials continue to monitor the situation.

    Judy Osborne, DEQ's pollution response coordinator based in the Abingdon office, responded last Thursday to the site of the waste tire fire at 3960 Poplar Camp Road, where emergency officials estimate that 200 to 300 tires were involved.

  • Galax fees could go up instead of taxes

    A proposed $13.17 million budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year will not call for raising taxes, cutting services, laying off city employees or taking furlough days, according to Galax City Manager Keith Barker.

    The budget is down from $16.02 million this fiscal year, an 18 percent decrease.

    During the first budget work session last Monday, Barker announced that the city recommends raising trash collection and city decal fees and increasing water and sewer rates, which would not impact the customer using 6,000 gallons and below.