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Today's News

  • Parents speak in favor of GES expansion

    Much of the discussion of the city’s recently approved budget for fiscal year 2018 involved a tax increase to pay for an expansion of Galax Elementary School.

    At a recent public hearing, parents of Galax students let city council know they support the proposed $17 million expansion, which is in the early planning stages.

    The city approved a budget on June 12, after holding a hearing at its May 22 meeting. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

    The general fund is $17.8 million, the utility fund is $5.5 million and the stormwater fund is $129,500.

  • Twin turn four

    Sophie and Emma Bergeron turned four on May 17. They are the daughters of Boo and Penny Bergeron and the sisters of Dana and Landon.

  • Public record for 6/28/17 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in December of 2016 in the Grayson General District Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • CCMS teacher participates in national program

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Heather Lucas, a teacher at Carroll County Middle School, was selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of June 19-23.

    Lucas teaches 6th grade U.S. History at CCMS in Hillsville.

    Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington, D.C.

  • Readers Hotline 6/26/17

    Let’s move on

  • Home offers option for those leaving training center

    On King Arthur Court in Galax, one home is proving to be, if not Camelot, then at least a pleasant and safe dwelling.

    Purchased by the Mount Rogers Community Services Board, the home “is part of the move for some care from training centers to residential, home-based type care,” said City Manager Keith Barker, who along with Mayor C.M. Mitchell and City Council Member Sharon Plichta recently took a tour of the facility.

  • Suspects wanted for larceny, fraud

    Staff Report

    Three suspects are wanted by the Galax Police Department for larceny, credit card fraud and destruction of property.

    According to a report shared on social media by the department, on June 20 at approximately 11:30 a.m., a vehicle parked at Mountain View Park in Galax was entered by breaking the driver’s window.

    A purse was stolen from the vehicle and credit cards from the purse were used at the Galax Walmart at 12:15 p.m. and an attempt to use a credit card was made at GameStop of Galax at 12:31 p.m.

  • Budget, zoning, special events on Independence agenda

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council recently approved its governmental and utility budgets for fiscal year 2017-18.

    This year’s governmental budget totals approximately $1.6 million and the utility budget total is approximately $2.3 million. There is no tax or water/sewer increase in the budget. Real estate taxes will remain at 14 cents per $100.

    The budget was approved by a unanimous vote during council’s June meeting.

    The council held a public hearing for the budget in May, but no one signed up to speak.

  • At last, Virginia addresses backlog of untested rape kits

    More than 3,000 rape kits — some up to 25 years old — are finally being tested in Virginia in an effort to determine if any of the cases can be solved even at so late a date.

    Attorney General Mark Herring announced earlier this month that a $2 million federal grant will pay for testing nearly 1,250 kits that were collected from 2014 to 2016, but were never sent to a lab for analysis.

  • Galax homicide suspect in custody

    Staff Report

    A Roanoke woman is charged with first-degree murder after police found a a man stabbed to death at The Galax Motel on the night of June 22.

    At 10:27 p.m. last Thursday, members of the Galax Police Department responded to a report of an individual having been stabbed at the motel on East Stuart Drive, according to a report from Chief Rick Clark.