en Woman stabbed at Hardee's in Galax <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="74" height="85" /><p> <em>Staff Reports</em></p> <p> A fight at the Galax Hardee&rsquo;s on Sunday shortly after 6 p.m. resulted in Cera Rene Massaro, 19, of Galax, being stabbed.</p> <p> She was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to a report released by the Galax Police Department.</p> <p> While en route, responding officers were notified that EMS personnel had been dispatched to a reported stab wound at that location.</p> Greene, Mitchell seeking re-election <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="92" height="85" /><p> Two longtime members of Galax City Council are seeking re-election in the May 1 election.</p> <p> C.M. Mitchell is running again this year to hold the position on Galax City Council he&rsquo;s held since 1986. He has been mayor since 1992, having been appointed by his peers on council.</p> <p> Willie Greene, 24-year veteran of council, is also in the running to retain his seat. He has served all but the first six of his years on council as vice mayor.</p> <p> Mitchell and Greene are among the five candidates seeking four council seats this year.</p> Ritchie enters council race <img src="" alt="Sharon Ritchie" title="Sharon Ritchie" align="left" hspace="6" width="69" height="85" /><p> Political newcomer and longtime Galax resident Sharon Ritchie is running for Galax City Council.<br /> Ritchie is owner of downtown&rsquo;s Chapters Bookshop the Wine Cellar at Chapters, president of the Galax Downtown Association and a member of the Galax Historical Society Board and Foundation for Excellence in Education.<br /> Huff pleads guilty to charges in fatal crash <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="124" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &ndash; Allegations regarding the remnants of a fatal traffic incident have moved forward in Carroll County Circuit Court; proceeding charges that were filed just over two years ago, following a deadly vehicle crash that resulted in a loss of life.<br /> Woman charged with embezzling from local business <img src="" alt="Patricia Diane Jones" title="Patricia Diane Jones" align="left" hspace="6" width="59" height="85" /><p> <em>Staff Report</em></p> <p> A Fries woman charged with embezzling from a Galax business has a trial scheduled for June.</p> <p> Patricia Diane Jones, 57, of Fries, was arrested on Dec. 21, 2017, on a direct indictment issued by a Carroll County grand jury that charged her with felony embezzlement from Creek Bottom Brewing.</p> <p> Jones formerly worked in Creek Bottom&rsquo;s payroll department. The offense is alleged to have occurred between Aug. 1-Sept. 23, 2017.</p> <p> She is awaiting trial in the Carroll County Circuit Court on June 18.</p> Sport growing, but Grayson lacks track <p> <strong>By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff</strong></p> <p> INDEPENDENCE &ndash; Track is the fastest growing sport in the Grayson County school system, but the program has a big problem &ndash; no track.</p> <p> Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the Grayson County School Board at its April 9 meeting that there are more than 40 runners on this year&rsquo;s track team, but to practice they have to run the streets and highways around Independence, which he feels &ldquo;is dangerous.&rdquo;</p> Fries receives playground grant <p> FRIES &mdash; The Town of Fries has received a $15,000 &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s Play&rdquo; grant, to fund a project started in 2016 to replace the playground equipment in the town park.</p> <p> The announcement was made at the Fries Town Council&rsquo;s April meeting, by Kim Mallory, Fries resident and volunteer for the playground project.</p> <p> &ldquo;So far, we&rsquo;ve raised $6,500 for this project; and with this grant, the total is now $21,500,&rdquo; Mallory told council members.</p> Hughes bids farewell as town manager <img src="" alt="Jerry Hughes" title="Jerry Hughes" align="left" hspace="6" width="52" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; Jerry Hughes has announced that he will soon retire from his position as Independence&rsquo;s town manager.</p> <p> Hughes has served in his leadership role since September 2012, and had originally planned to leave the position in January. Recently, he confirmed that he is extending the date to assist in continuing various town projects until town council hires a new manager.</p>