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Today's News

  • 'Praisin' In The Park' starts Sunday in Galax

    Area churches have joined together for a community-wide four-day Bible school called “Praisin’ In The Park,” for rising kindergarten through sixth grade students.

    The event starts Sunday and continues through July 31 from 6-8 p.m. each day in Felts Park in Galax.

    Robin Pack, organizer of the event and member of participating church Mount Vale United Methodist, has a vision to use an outreach program to get children involved in church, setting denominations and backgrounds aside to help people get to know the Lord.

  • Carroll theater's fate still unknown

    HILLSVILLE — Partners in the Mayberry Opry project have requested one last meeting with Carroll officials to see if the proposal to locate the music venue at Exit 14 off Interstate 77 could move forward.

    Weststar Investments and builder RGM Erectors already have land in Pulaski County near Exit 98 at Dublin where the 600-seat opry could go, but Mended Wings Productions representatives want to meet one more time with Carroll officials to see if anything can be worked out, Marshall Lineberry of Weststar Investments said Wednesday.

  • Public record for 7/23/08

    Editors 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 March in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

    Sara Monique Miller of Galax, guilty of failure to return rental property, $49.92; pay $61 costs.

  • Some new water/sewer regulations frozen for now

    HILLSVILLE — Out of a number of water and sewer regulations before the Carroll Board of Supervisors July 14, the controversial ones got tabled after public hearings and the others were approved.

    The supervisors looked at updating the county’s floodplain ordinance, which has been in place since 1983, according to County Attorney Jim Cornwell, and six regulations for the Public Service Authority.

  • Funding requests go up in smoke

    Out of nearly $3.3 million in grant requests for local projects submitted to the Virginia Tobacco Commission, the VTC staff has only recommended $27,800 for one tourism partnership between localities in Virginia and North Carolina.

    The Blue Ridge Crossroad Economic Development Authority — a regional effort by Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties — had requested tobacco commission money for the regional tourism effort, a project referred to as the Blue Ridge Energy Research Center and a sewer treatment package plant at Exit 19 off Interstate 77 in Carroll.

  • Lane charged in fatal wreck

    HILLSVILLE — A 36-year-old Pulaski man, charged with reckless driving in a July 4 fatal crash on U.S. 221, now faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

    Virginia State Police Trooper R.B. Phipps appeared before a magistrate on Saturday to obtain the new charge against William Keith Lane, according to Carroll Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Goad.

    Welcher Vaughn Dalton, 85, of Hillsville, was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., and he later died as the result of injuries he sustained in the accident.

  • Galax police to host community meeting on gangs

    Although no violence had been linked to gangs until a school-property incident this year, the Galax Police Department is heightening its efforts to confront gang-related activities in Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties.

    The police department will hold a town hall meeting at the Galax City Council Chambers, located on the second floor of the Galax Municipal Building, tomorrow, Thursday, at 7 p.m.

    Earlier this year, a 13-year-old Galax Middle School student faced charges after using an act of violence to recruit for an organized street gang, the Bloods.

  • Revved-up Rodeo

    FRIES — When most people think of rodeos they think of horses and cowboys, but the rodeo in Fries on Sunday featured a different kind of horsepower.

    If there were a “Best in Show” award for the Fries Volunteer Fire Department’s 2nd Annual Motorcycle Rodeo, it would have gone to Duane Taylor.

    Duane — along with son Caleb and wife Michelle — won five of the seven events held during the fire department fundraiser.

  • Grayson teams take first losses

    INDEPENDENCE –– Unlike the other 14 teams that played their way into the Dixie Boys AAA and Majors state tournaments, Grayson County didn’t have to win a thing to get a spot in the field as the host team receives automatic berths. Be that as it may, it didn’t take long for both Grayson County teams to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that they belonged there.

  • Walker sisters having dream year

    It’s been a once-in-a-lifetime kind of 2008 for Amber and Beth Walker of Galax. And it continues to be so.

    What has been a whirlwind spring and summer continues this week as both Walkers will be on hand and in uniform Thursday at Kiwanis Field in Salem to battle Team USA once again as the Olympians make their second-to-last exhibition on American soil before heading overseas for the 2008 Summer Games.