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Today's News

  • Log Cabin Homes loses industrial park lot

    HILLSVILLE — Though Tom Vesce of Log Cabin Homes offered an idea to add jobs in Carroll County to secure his place in the industrial park, the county administrator and the economic developer said the company owner did not follow up on that suggestion.

    Carroll's Industrial Development Authority accepted a bid in 2007 from Vesce to buy land in the industrial park for his company.

  • Galax gets grant for Felts Park stage

    The City of Galax and the Galax Moose Lodge, sponsor of the annual Old Fiddlers' Convention, have decided the traditional big, yellow circus tent will remain for the event next year — even after a permanent stage is built in Felts Park.

    When the planning process for the stage began several months ago, Galax City Council worried that it would eliminate the traditional yellow tent that hovers over the stage during the Old Fiddlers' Convention, a symbol of the convention for decades.

  • Fries seeks $1M grant for new firehouse

    FRIES — The Town of Fries is seeking a $1 million grant through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to build a new 10,000-square-foot fire department.

    Town Manager Brian Reed said officials from DHCD and the Fries Volunteer Fire Department met last Monday night and reached an agreement for the town to obtain the grant money, build the fire hall and then swap land with the department.

  • Carroll court unseals indictments

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Circuit Court recently released indictments that had been previously sealed.

    It's common practice for the court to seal direct indictments until the persons named can be served with warrants.

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

    Unsealed indictments include:

    • Gregory Harris Combs — distribution of imitation controlled substance, representing it to be methamphetamine, and conspiracy to violate the drug control act.

  • Galax police launch info system

    Most text messages or Twitter alerts are pretty mundane — what someone's having for lunch or when to meet up for dinner or a movie.

    But what if an alert in your inbox warned you of a criminal on the loose in your neighborhood, the approach of a dangerous storm or a street closing?

    The Galax Police Department has launched a new Community Information Service designed to deliver important and timely information to residents using the latest technology.

  • Two possible 'swine flu' cases in Grayson schools

    INDEPENDENCE — A second possible case of the H1N1 virus, more commonly known as "swine flu," has been identified in the Grayson County School System.

    School officials are awaiting confirmation of the illness.

    "At this time, we do not have information from the Virginia Department of Health that the possible H1N1 or swine flu cases in Grayson County are confirmed," Grayson Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas said.

  • Koji honored for hostel hospitality

    The North Carolina Council, in honor of Hosteling International's 75th anniversary in the United States and 100th year worldwide, recognized local Alex Koji of Galax at the Rex Theater on June 7 with music from the Kitchen Band, and friends and visitors from all over the country.

    They also declared June 7, 2009 as Alex Koji Day.

    Hosteling International has nearly 4,000 hostels in more than 60 countries worldwide, including more than 100 hostels here in the United States. Alex and his wife Lois have operated the Blue Ridge Hostel near Galax for 22 years.

  • Letters to the Editor for 7/20/09

    Universal health care a must

    As we have watched business after business close in the past few years and unemployment levels reach unprecedented highs, there is a hidden cost we have not considered.

    How many of those folks who found themselves unemployed also found themselves joining the millions of people in this country who do not have health insurance?

    How many children are going without adequate medical care because their families cannot afford or no longer qualify for health insurance?

  • The Road To Safety

    It may be impossible to find a better example about the importance of wearing safety belts than the three young women who escaped a dramatic accident July 11 with their lives.

    The wreck was scary enough to come straight out of an action movie — a car goes into a skid on Interstate 77 due to hydroplaning in a thunderstorm, bounces off a guardrail, shoots across two lanes, strikes the other guardrail, springs over it and goes airborne, flipping as it falls down a steep ravine in Fancy Gap and coming to a stop right side up.

  • Smokin' Aces

    The Nervous Wreck Cookin' Crew always lives up to its name this time of year.

    Their stomachs clench, and not just from eating too much barbecue.

    They sweat, and it's not just the heat from their cookers making those beads roll.

    The Galax-based team — headed by Cody Cline and Mark Davis — takes competitive barbecuing seriously.