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Today's News

  • United Way serving more clients in hard times

    Celeste Amburn, the new executive director of the Twin County United Way, recently introduced herself to Galax City Council, saying that it's important to spread the word of TCUW since it is utilized more than ever by all walks of life.

    She said that since the downturn in the economy, TCUW is being used by people she never thought would end up needing assistance.

    “Everybody knows about the hospital and the other entities, but they don't know that we're located in Galax and serve Grayson and Carroll counties,” Amburn said.

  • Grayson supervisors set 2009 goals

    INDEPENDENCE — Times are tough across the Twin Counties, and Grayson supervisors are looking for ways to not only save money, but also to jump-start the economy.

    In January, supervisors put together a list of goals they hope to either accomplish in 2009 or be closer to accomplishing.

    Supervisors’ Chairman Mike Maynard asked each member to bring a couple ideas to the meeting.

    Maynard said he was looking for a half-dozen things that are manageable.

  • Bronson and Brogan, you're next

     

  • Galax unemployment among highest in state

    RICHMOND — Galax was one of the Virginia localities posting double-digit unemployment figures for December 2008, according to a report issued last week by the Virginia Employment Commission.

    The city’s rate for that month was 10.9 percent — the sixth-highest in the state.

    Unemployment rates for the counties also rose from November to December, putting Carroll at 9.6 percent and Grayson at 9.1 percent.

    Virginia merchants reported the worst holiday sales since 1969 in December, the VEC reported.

  • Cavs finish strong to win SWD

    HILLSVILLE –– When Kayla Goins stepped to the foul line with the Southwest District title game knotted at 37 and with 4.3 seconds left on the clock, it would be safe to say that Carroll County was due.

    The Cavaliers had missed 13 of their previous 16 free throws, including the last eight straight, before Goins calmly swished both shots, giving top-seeded Carroll County a 39-37 win over Graham and the tournament championship to go with its season title.

  • Tide rolls Pioneers for MED title

    MAX MEADOWS — With 1.2 seconds remaining on the clock Friday night Galax’s Cameron Frazier sealed the deal earning the Maroon Tide a 78-73 Mountain Empire District Tournament championship win over Fort Chiswell to go along with its regular season MED title.

    Rewind to half time of the championship game Friday night and it appeared Fort Chiswell (9-14) had Galax’s number. The Tide (22-2) struggled early and trailed 43-31 at the end of the first 16 minutes — proving regular season records mean nothing come tournament time.

  • Public record for 1/28/09 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 Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in September in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

    Melvin Lee Dooley Jr., of Fries, guilty of bad check larceny of $126.23; pay $61 costs.

  • Six advance to state semifinals

    SALEM –– A half-dozen Twin County wrestlers put themselves one win away from the state finals in their respective weight classes, finishing Friday’s first two rounds undefeated during the Group A and Group AA state tournaments at the Salem Civic Center.

    In Group A, brothers Edu and Jose Rojas of Galax each reached the semifinals, along with Grayson County’s Cody McGuire and Richard Pugh.

  • Shank named Carroll assistant administrator

    Just before 2009-2010 budget work sessions begin for Galax, the city's Director of Finance, Nikki Shank, has decided to resign and take a position as assistant county administrator in Carroll County.

    Shank said she put in her notice Feb. 5 and her last day will be Feb. 27.

    “The opportunity came up, and I'm looking forward to going to Carroll,” she said. “It's sad to be leaving the city .”

    Before becoming the city's director of finance in August 2004, Shank worked seven years as assistant finance director for the Town of Pulaski.

  • New school won't be ready by fall

    INDEPENDENCE — Despite earlier hopes that the Grayson Highlands School being built in the Western end of Grayson County would be complete prior to the start of the 2009-10 school year, contractors are now saying it will be December at the earliest.

    Mark Vannoy and Rodney Childress of J.R. Vannoy and Sons and Frank Williams of Pinnacle Architecture fielded questions from the Grayson School Board during its regular meeting Monday night.

    Board Member Shannon Holdaway wasted no time asking the tough questions and wanted to know the exact date construction began.