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Today's News

  • IDA seeks Woodlawn School proposals

    WOODLAWN – The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) has voted to seek proposals for the future use of the closed Woodlawn School.

    At the Sept. 9 meeting, after considerable discussion, IDA member Larry Chambers made the motion to issue a request for proposals for the re-development of the property, with the exclusion of the gymnasium and the ball fields. The vote was unanimous.

    The request for proposals will be published in local and daily newspapers that serve the area. No date has been set as to when proposals will be due.

  • Local BBQ team tastes success

    Mother Nature was unforgiving during Chateau Morrisette’s Second Annual Black Dog BBQ Festival last month, but that didn’t stop the Front Porch BBQ Team from breaking into the local circuit with a win for its first group competition.

    During the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) competition, the rain stopped for no brisket, whole hog or butt. Competitors were wet and miserable, but everyone was determined to serve a nice meal for the judges.

  • No dream too big for Sumner

    Carmen Sumner, formerly of Galax, has become a big name in Lincolnton, N.C. Sumner’s formal title reads “Administrative Support Specialist and Receptionist” at City Hall. But she is known by many as the eyes and ears of the city.

  • Teen struck by car remains in coma

    Trinity Williams, a Galax teen who was struck by a vehicle on Virginia 94 (Scenic Road) in Fries on Sept. 27, was still in critical condition at Roanoke’s Carilion Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, after surgery was performed to counter the damage she sustained in the accident.

    “Things don’t look good right now. The doctors have dropped Trinity’s survival rate to 5 percent,” said Cheyenne Williams, Trinity’s sister, in an update on their fundraiser site, Prayers for Trinity, on Tuesday.

  • Voter registration deadline is Oct. 14

    Oct. 14 is deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election.

    Virginians may apply to register to vote at a local registrar’s office or online at www.elections.virginia.gov. Or, customers may apply to register at Department of Motor Vehicles customer service offices.

    To apply online, eligible citizens must provide their Virginia DMV customer identifier number, displayed on DMV issued identification cards or driver’s licenses.

  • Celebrates birthdays

    Jack and Wanda Devine celebrated their 88th birthdays Aug. 18 and Sept. 21 with family and friends at Hungry Mother State Park and breakfast at Shatley Springs.

    The celebration was given by daughters Sandy Cox, Jerry and Bobbie Fridley; and son Jacky and Alice Devine. They have seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

  • Jones, Poe announce engagement

    Randy and Belva Jones of Flat Ridge announced the engagement of their daughter, Kayla Noel Jones, to Eric Steven Poe.

    Poe is the son of Jimmy and Karen Poe of Bristol.
    A fall wedding is planned.

  • Public record for 10/1/14 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. 213.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in April in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • AEP offers help with Wildwood marketing

    A utility company and a consulting firm recently outlined how Wildwood Commerce Park can better qualify for prospective companies to locate there with site certification.

    Site certification is the sometimes complicated process of helping companies decide where to build. According to the presentation Sept. 17 at the Crossroads Institute in Galax, the decision-making process can include everything from what basic utilities each site offers to their regional placement and available workforce.

  • Tourism spending on the rise in Virginia

    Is Galax — “Virginia’s Best Pick” — living up to its motto?

    According to the United States Travel Association (USTA), who released data to the Virginia Tourism Corporation, it certainly looks that way.

    According to the USTA’s data, every region in Virginia posted an increase in tourism revenue last year, generating a total $21.5 billion in travel spending, supporting 213,000 jobs in Virginia and furnishing $842 million in state taxes and $581 million in local taxes.