http://www.galaxgazette.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Hope House could be without home http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/hope-house-could-be-without-home <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hhexterior.jpg" alt="Galax Hope House’s current facility is on the market." title="Galax Hope House’s current facility is on the market." align="left" hspace="6" width="132" height="85" /><p> A homeless shelter without a home?</p> <p> It sounds like the punchline to a bad joke. By late in the coming winter, though, it&rsquo;s going to be a reality for the Galax Hope House.</p> <p> Hope House operates in a building owned by the Church of the Good Shepherd, which has been leasing it to the shelter at a rate of $1 a year for some time.</p> Carroll schools accredited by state http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/carroll-schools-accredited-state <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/students_testing.jpg" alt="Five of nine county schools achieved federal accreditation, with the other four missing the mark by only a few points." title="Five of nine county schools achieved federal accreditation, with the other four missing the mark by only a few points." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; Preliminary reports have Carroll County school administrators feeling positive about the improvements they have made in their curriculum over the past year.</p> <p> According to preliminary state and federal accountability reports, all nine schools within the Carroll County Public School (CCPS) system were found to be accredited.</p> <p> Additionally, five out of the nine met federal accountability standards, with four missing the bar only by one or two objectives out of the required 36.</p> Police say hitchhiker borrowed, wrecked car http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/police-say-hitchhiker-borrowed-wrecked-car <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hitchhikerrescue.jpg" alt="Members of the Galax Fire Department work to extricate Frank L. Conway from the scene of a single-vehicle accident Aug. 21 on Meadow Creek Road." title="Members of the Galax Fire Department work to extricate Frank L. Conway from the scene of a single-vehicle accident Aug. 21 on Meadow Creek Road." align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> A hitchhiker passing through from Ohio wrecked a borrowed car last week in Galax, according to Virginia State Police.</p> <p> On Aug. 21 at 5 p.m., Frank L. Conway of Columbus, Ohio, ran off the right side of Meadow Creek Road just past Mount Vale Church in Galax, went over a small bank and struck a tree, according to Trooper Cameron Keesling, who attended the scene.</p> VDOT warns of heavy flea market traffic http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/vdot-warns-heavy-flea-market-traffic <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/flea_market_aerial_2012_1.jpg" alt="Over the four-day weekend, the annual flea market and gun show in Hillsville draws an estimated 500,000 to a town that normally is home to 3,000." title="Over the four-day weekend, the annual flea market and gun show in Hillsville draws an estimated 500,000 to a town that normally is home to 3,000." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; Travelers heading to the annual Labor Day Flea Market and Gun Show this weekend should be prepared for considerable traffic delays, according to a news release from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).</p> Man pleads pleads guilty to sexual battery of teen http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/man-pleads-pleads-guilty-sexual-battery-teen <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jasonburnette.jpg" alt="Some charges against Jason Burnette were dropped because prosecutors said acts were consensual." title="Some charges against Jason Burnette were dropped because prosecutors said acts were consensual." align="left" hspace="6" width="52" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; A former Carroll County emergency services worker pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery involving a child age 15 or older, according to information from Carroll County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.</p> <p> Jason Lee Burnette, 31, was charged in November 2013 with one count of carnal knowledge and three counts of sexual intercourse with a minor, after the Carroll County Sheriff&rsquo;s Department received a complaint from the family of a child age 13 to 15 years old.</p> TCRH board gives $5M to foundation http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/tcrh-board-gives-5m-foundation <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tcrh_inc._presents_check_to_twin_co._comm._foundation_7-29-14_-_img_0011_-_edited_by_sc.jpg" alt="Doug Vaught (left), chairman of the TCRH Legacy Board, presents an endowment to Bill Davis, chairman of the Twin County Community Foundation." title="Doug Vaught (left), chairman of the TCRH Legacy Board, presents an endowment to Bill Davis, chairman of the Twin County Community Foundation." align="left" hspace="6" width="132" height="85" /><p> The Twin County Community Foundation received a $5 million endowment in August, the first transfer of funds from the proceeds of the joint venture transaction between Twin County Regional Hospital and Duke LifePoint Healthcare that took place on April 1, 2012.</p> Galax school earn full accreditation http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/galax-school-earn-full-accreditation <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/school_grades_graphic_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="111" height="85" /><p> Galax City Schools are fully accredited this year (2013-2014), according to the Virginia State Department of Education.</p> <p> In order to achieve accreditation, each school must achieve a passing rate of at least 75 percent in English Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and 70 percent in math, science, history and social science SOLs.</p> <p> High schools, additionally, must hit an 85 percent mark on the Graduation and Completion Index, meaning that 85 percent of the students must graduate, get a GED or achieve a certification of completion.</p> Vendors bring family traditions, fresh items to farmers' market http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/vendors-bring-family-traditions-fresh-items-farmers-market <p> Fans of Italian sweets, organic veggies, real farm eggs, local honey and fresh meat have more reasons to rejoice: new vendors for these items are coming to the Galax Farmer&rsquo;s Market.</p> <p> Michelle Dunford (n&eacute;e Dagostino) of Baywood is bringing plain and chocolate chip biscotti and anisette cookies, all made in traditional Italian style, on Fridays and Saturdays, as Little Luke&rsquo;s Pastries.</p> <p> &ldquo;Luke was my grandfather&rsquo;s first name,&rdquo; she explained, saying that her dad was known as &ldquo;Little Luke.&rdquo;</p>