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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Permit recommended for new Grayson school

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson School Board jumped another hurdle on June 10 when the county planning commission recommended that the board of supervisors approve a special use permit on land to build the new Grayson Highlands School.

    Nobody spoke in opposition at last Tuesday’s meeting about the school, but Dennis Hill — adjoining landowner to the proposed location — did have some questions about the rights of way.

    Hill said in the past couple of weeks, surveyors had been on his land with equipment.

  • Keep housing project going

    Building a new home is a daunting and costly endeavor for anyone, but for those living on low or moderate incomes, it’s a dream that is almost never realized.

    But, through Mount Rogers, Mountain Shelter, the City of Galax and USDA Rural Development, that dream came true for more than a dozen first-time homeowners. Thanks to a generous gift of 14 acres from the city, the partners were able to find homes for those living on fixed incomes, handicapped citizens and those living in costly rental properties or dilapidated trailers.

  • 'Virtual school' proposed in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — A virtual Carroll school could allow public educators to partner with parents of home-schooled children to provide new learning opportunities.

    The discussion took place at the Carroll County School Board meeting June 10, when Superintendent Greg Smith expressed an interest in reaching out to households that home-school their children in Carroll.

  • Four facing drug charges

    Four locals have been arrested and charged with violations of the Drug Control Act due to possession of methamphetamine, according to the Galax Police Department.

    Galax Police Officer Chris Hines, who was on bike patrol in downtown Galax, made a routine traffic stop in relation to a noise violation on June 13. After the stop, Hines discovered methamphetamine in the vehicle, operated by Michael Lee Moss, 33, of Fries.

    Moss was sent to the New River Valley Regional Jail on a secured bond.

  • United Way perseveres, despite economic setbacks

    Job losses and plant closings have made it difficult for Twin County United Way to raise money for its annual campaign, but the non-profit organization still managed to raise 87 percent of its goal of $220,000 during its 2007 campaign, which recently concluded.

    TCUW raised a total of $192,000 to fund its partner agencies.

    "Job loss has affected everything," said Kim Rosenbaum, executive director of TCUW. "The ones that have been givers throughout the years are now the ones who need help."