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  • Readers Hotline 9/7/15

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    I would really like to say thank you to all the — can you say white people? If there has ever been a case of a racist person doing an attack, it is when the African-American man killed the two people from WDBJ television. But, you don’t see any white people out burning down the town of Roanoke or rioting or trying to kill people. It makes Virginia look good, but goes to show you there is some common sense.

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  • Two killed in separate wrecks on 94

    Staff Reports

    Two drivers lost their lives on Sept. 3 at the opposite ends of the same highway, in two unrelated crashes on Virginia 94.

    A Fries man was killed on his way to work last Thursday morning in a single-vehicle accident on Virginia 94 (Ivanhoe Road).

    According to a Virginia State Police report, the accident occurred at 6:15 a.m. on 94, approximately a mile south of Virginia 601 (Rakestown Road).

  • CenturyLink to expand rural internet

    CenturyLink will bring high-speed internet services to more than 49,000 rural households and businesses in Virginia by accepting a contract with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

    The company will receive approximately $500 million a year for six years from the Connect America Fund (CAF), to bring internet service with speeds of at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload to approximately 1.2 million locations in FCC-designated, high-cost census blocks, according to a news release.

  • Long-delayed train depot project gains momentum

    FRIES — Like an old steam engine shaking off the rust and chugging along the tracks again, there appears to be some movement in the Town of Fries’ long-delayed project to rebuild a train depot as a historic site.

    A decision on placing another historic artifact — the bell from the town’s old cotton mill — will have to wait.

    Fries Town Council discussed plans for the rebuilt train depot and the location of a display for the bell at its Sept. 1 meeting.

  • A salute to those who do thankless jobs

    Today is Labor Day, when we recognize the “blue collar” workers who keep the wheels of society turning, often for less pay than they deserve and under less than ideal circumstances.

    It’s a time to honor those taken for granted and often ignored, so we asked our readers who does the hardest jobs for the least appreciation.

  • Hope House now has permanent home

    Galax Hope House overcame a very big hurdle within the last week: after about a year of negotiations, Galax Hope House Ministries Inc. has bought the Center Street building it is located in from the Church of the Good Shepherd.

    Hope House is the only overnight regional homeless shelter; faith-based, it relies solely on community funding and support.

  • Firefighters provide backup for proposal

    “Fairytale romance” and “at no additional cost to taxpayers” are not phrases one expects to ever hear combined, but a Galax Wells Fargo employee recently found out they can go together beautifully.

    Holly Isaacs was working in her office at the Main Street branch on Aug. 19 when Galax Fire Department Capt. Mike Ayers came in, dressed in full firefighter gear.

  • Riverside crash results in one fatality

    A single-vehicle accident on Riverside Drive near Sugar Shack Road at 4 p.m. on Thursday left one fatality, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. Mike Musser and Trooper C.W. Keesling, who is in charge of the investigation. 

    The vehicle, a white 1995 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Michael Ray Gallimore, 61, of Winston-Salem, N.C., left the right side of the road and hit a tree while airborne, then went down an embankment, hitting several boulders on the way before landing in a creek bed. Gallimore was partly ejected from the vehicle.

  • Business challenge now taking applications

    INDEPENDENCE — Applications are now being accepted for the Mount Rogers Business Challenge, a new venture geared towards growing and supporting local businesses in Grayson County.

    The challenge is a competitive process that will award more than $20,000 in business investment grants for entrepreneurial ventures and existing businesses looking to expand with additional job creation in Grayson County, with a focus on the Mount Rogers district.

  • GVFD responds to minor fire at Webb plant

    Staff Reports

    The Galax Fire Department responded to a possible wood dust fire in the ductwork at the Webb Particle Board factory in downtown Galax on Monday at 7:40 p.m.

    The call went out when employees noticed a fire along part of the outer portion of pipes located outside the factory, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mark Burnett. At least one sprinkler head went off, said Fire Chief David Hankley.