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Today's News

  • Carrico Bridge to close in August

    FRIES — Motorists from parts of Fries will have to take the long way to Galax again in August, as repairs will close the Carrico Bridge on Virginia 94 for about two weeks next month.

    Matthew Cox of the Virginia Department of Transportation notified the Grayson County Board of Supervisors that maintenance on the 82-year-old, truss-type structure would begin sometime in mid-August and last approximately two weeks.

  • Carroll dog breeders face judge

    HILLSVILLE — Two Carroll County men facing several misdemeanor charges — each under Virginia's new “puppy mill” laws passed last year — told a judge they are out of the commercial dog breeding business.

    Confusion was in evidence as the first two cases tried under the new state law — against Donald Frazier of Austinville and Lanzie "Junior" Horton of Hillsville — came before Judge Edward Turner III in the Carroll County General District Court on Friday.

  • Galax gets fired up for BBQ cook-off

    Professional barbecue teams from all over the country will come to Galax this weekend to compete for the coveted handmade banjo trophy, bragging rights and a chance to take their team to the 2010 “Memphis In May” World Championship in Tennessee.

    Smoke On The Mountain, held each year in downtown Galax, is Virginia's official barbecue competition.

    The event is sponsored by the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Galax Smokehouse restaurant and the City of Galax.

  • Grayson pushes drug discount cards

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County leaders are aggressively pushing a prescription drug discount card program that they believe is under-utilized.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet spoke about the National Association of Counties (NACo) program during the board of supervisors' regular meeting last week. It offers Grayson residents an average of 20 percent off prescription medicines.

    Sweet provided the board with a document showing that only 43 people in the county of more than 17,000 utilized the program in May.

  • Public record for 7/22/09 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 215.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded June 10 – July 10 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Carroll County reaches Dixie World Series

     SOUTH BOSTON –– Carroll County thumped Powhatan 14-3 in six innings Tuesday night to win the Dixie Pre-Majors (15-16s) state championship and earn a spot in the age group's world series, slated to begin next weekend in Ozark, Ala.

  • Veterans begin new mission

    The short metal shovels had dug foxholes and trenches on battlefields around the world, but on Memorial Day they turned the earth to create a peaceful place to reflect on veterans' service to their country.

    Called entrenchment tools by the military, the folding shovels have been carried by U.S. soldiers for decades, as much a part of their gear as the rifle, helmet and canteen.

    They were dented, worn and some of them a little rusty. The olive drab paint was chipped.

  • 'Aunt Eloise' joins WBRF family

    After a short break from the airwaves, beloved radio personality “Aunt Eloise” will join the air staff of Galax radio station WBRF-98.1 FM.

    Fans of the outspoken character — who was heard on North Carolina country station WTQR-FM in the Piedmont/Triad area and Southwest Virginia for 23 years — have been anxiously waiting for the past six months to see where the popular morning show co-host would turn up. She was one half of a long-running, number-one show, and is known for her lovable and down-to-earth character and her straight forward, no-nonsense ways.

  • Literary Agent

    A senior CIA intelligence analyst and author of a new book on the military history of Iran started developing his research skills in Carroll County schools and his desire to serve while growing up in the Pipers Gap community.

    Steven R. Ward, 51, lived in the Oakland community, played sandlot football at the YMCA in Galax, joined the Boy Scouts and read a lot.

    "I guess I was fortunate my parents always encouraged us to read," he said.

  • Marshall hired as music center director

    For British Columbian Erynn Marshall, Galax is a long way from friends and family, but it's at the heart of the things she loves — music and mountains.

    Marshall, 37, is the new director of the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax. She moved to Galax from Victoria, British Columbia only three weeks ago, bringing her cat and an assortment of instruments.

    It was her first time in Galax, but she's no stranger to the surrounding area or its traditions.