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Today's News

  • Hillsville bids mayor a fond farewell

    HILLSVILLE — Mayor Randall Gravley presided over the final regular meeting of his two terms on Hillsville Town Council on Monday night.

    Gravley departed to a chorus of kind words from colleagues and fellow council members, who praised his leadership skills and involvement in the community.

    His term ends June 30. Bill Tate was elected to the mayor’s post this year, and takes office July 1.

    Gravley announced in February that he would not seek another term after eight years on council — four as a member and four as mayor.

  • Carroll supervisors split on tax rate

    HILLSVILLE — Two Carroll supervisors voted against the proposed fiscal year 2008-2009 tax rate of 59.5 cents Monday — not because they objected to the budget itself, but because of concerns about the recent property reassessment.

    Several motions were needed at the supervisors' special meeting Monday to officially adopt the budget, including approving the bottom-line $74.8 million, appropriating the funds and setting the tax rate.

  • Carroll family survives wreck

    KANSAS CITY, MO. — Several Kansas City media outlets are reporting that two Hillsville, Va., residents traveling with family avoided serious injury when a tractor-trailer plowed into their recreational vehicle and a police car on June 18.

    Bobby and Yvette Leonard of Hillsville were among the party traveling to Montana for a wedding, according to media reports.

    The RV hit a deer on Interstate 435, so the Leonard family pulled over onto the shoulder.

  • Galax approves Life Center's request

    The Life Center of Galax, which began expanding its facility at 112 Painter Street in March, got approval from city council to receive a conditional use permit that would allow the drug and alcohol treatment facility to renovate a house next door for use as administrative offices.

    The house at 104 Painter Street adjoins the Life Center property and is located in a medium-density residential district, which permits hospitals.

  • Suspects charged in motorcycle shop break-in

    Arrests have been made in connection with a break-in, grand larceny and destruction of property at Patton’s Motorcycle Shop in Fairview earlier this month.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Kenneth Frank Kipp, 34, of Elkin, N.C. and Joshua Dean Kipp, 33, of Galax were arrested and charged with one count each of breaking and entering, grand larceny and destruction of property.

    Vaughan said on June 11, Patton’s Motorcycle Shop was broken in to — with the suspects gaining entrance through the garage area.

  • Fries hopes funds flood new pool effort

    FRIES — After losing millions of gallons of water and thousands of dollars in expenses, the Fries Recreation Department has decided to raise funds to build a new pool.

    The rec department board held a meeting in April to notify the public how bad the situation was.

    Board member Tom Guy said that in the past five years the 60-year-old pool cost the town $15,125.17 and more than 3.1 million gallons of water.

    “We are constantly losing money by repairing the pool,” Guy told The Gazette last week. “We need a new one.”

  • Concerts to get Galax into the groove

    A free party that's fun for all ages, Galax's new summer concert series “Groovin' On Grayson” will offer a chance to enjoy live outdoor music with friends — and the possibility of making new ones.

    While Galax is rich in its bluegrass and old-time musical heritage, the Galax Downtown Association wants to book local musicians that perform other genres — rock, rhythm and blues, beach, country, swing and jazz.

  • Galax martial artist to appear on NBC show

    You may have noticed several cars driving through the area, painted with red, white and blue decorations promoting Galax's very own Alexandra Pyles’ upcoming audition for the national reality television series “America's Got Talent.”

    Eleven-year-old Alexandra of Galax will perform her choreographed karate stunts on the show, which airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.

    On the talent show, auditioning individuals in a wide range of skills and performances are judged and compete for the $1 million grand prize.

  • Fries proposes utility tax hike

    FRIES — Residents of Fries could pay more for water and sewer service beginning July 1 — but the increase is minimal.

    During Fries Town Council’s public hearing to take comments on the proposed 2008-09 budget, figures showed a 50 increase in both water and sewer use for the first 2,000 gallons, beginning July 1.

    No other increases were noted in the budget, but a few categories did go down.

    Mayor Mike Spears said the federal government has mandated a new water test, which will cost the town an additional $250 per month.

  • Curtain rises on theater project

    With only one proposal on the table, Carroll officials are still marketing 91 acres owned by the county — and a partner in the venture to build the 600-seat Mayberry Opry music venue says he welcomes competition.

    Marshall Lineberry of Weststar Investments met with reporters — and Carroll Supervisors’ Chairman Sam Dickson, as it turned out — at the Crossroads Institute last Thursday to discuss the status of the Mayberry Opry project, after the county supervisors and the Industrial Development Authority members decided to market the land again.