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Today's News

  • Galax candidate forum planned

    Now is the time to see how present and prospective council members will represent the City of Galax during the next four years, said Brenda Stamey, who has organized a candidate forum.

    The Galax City Council election is five weeks away, on May 4. Through a candidate forum, Stamey said, Galax citizens will have a chance to get to know the issues facing the city and the visions of the candidates.

    The “Get to Know Your City Council” forum, sponsored by the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be held April 28 at the Crossroads Institute at 7 p.m.

  • Grayson budget adjustment spares some teachers

    INDEPENDENCE — Amendments to the 2010-11 Grayson education budget include the school system continuing to cover 100 percent of employees’ Virginia Retirement System contributions and the reinstatement of seven teaching positions.

    School board members held a special called meeting Monday night to make adjustments to the previously approved budget.

    The original version of the budget was based on former Gov. Tim Kaine’s numbers. Once the General Assembly approved the state’s biennium budget, adjustments were needed to the local spending plan.

  • Galax school budget balances without personnel cuts

    As Galax school administrators worked figures based on the worst case scenario — the proposed budget from the state House of Delegates — over the past few weeks, receiving final figures from the state came as a relief, said Galax Schools' Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    During a board meeting last month to approve the new budget, Sturgill said the final state figures came close to the budget proposed by the Senate.

  • Carroll grand jury issues charges

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Circuit Court last week released several indictments that had been sealed until those charged could be served with court papers.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

    Those named in the indictments include:

    • Rex Edward Smith — conspiracy to distribute cocaine, a schedule II drug (two counts)

    • Michael Roland Cox — distribution of methadone, a schedule II drug

  • The long way home

    The Carico Bridge will be closed indefinitely while the state builds a replacement, causing motorists traveling between Galax and Fries to take longer alternate routes.

    The bridge, which crosses New River in Grayson County, closed March 11 after a Virginia Department of Transportation inspector noticed damage to the bridge’s crossbeams, apparently the result of a too-tall vehicle driving across it.

  • Carroll, Hillsville meet in court over utility dispute

    HILLSVILLE — After arguing over water and sewer bills and rate calculations in court filings for years, attorneys for Hillsville and Carroll County went toe-to-toe in a March 30 motions hearing about the long-standing utilities disagreements between the two localities.

    Hillsville has appealed to the Carroll County Circuit Court to grant its claims against the county for water and sewer service to the Interstate 77 area and sewer service to county buildings in the amount of $156,199.

  • Quick start lifts Ashe over Devils

     INDEPENDENCE -- Getting through the final six and one-half innings Thursday was a breeze, but the first 20 minutes spoiled what was otherwise a tremendous pitchers’ duel.

  • Galax pounds Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE -- April of 1993 was the last time Carroll County and Galax had met on the baseball field in varsity competition. The once-heated rivalry was ended following a 29-3 win by the Cavaliers that included 15 walks and eight errors by the Maroon Tide.

  • Kimble, Carroll wallop Graham

     HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County pitcher Lillie Kimble struck out 14 Graham batters in five innings Tuesday as the Cavaliers opened Southwest District play with a 23-0 pounding of the G-Girls.

  • Galax’s Goins going west

     To reach the top level of collegiate athletics, any athlete must be willing to go the extra mile. Galax High School senior Devae Goins is willing to go 2,200 of them.