http://www.galaxgazette.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Med-Fit's Independence plant, assets for sale http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/med-fits-independence-plant-assets-sale <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/nautilus-virginia-manufacturing-facility-5-buildings-rw-1-2013.jpg" alt="The Independence plant makes Nautilus fitness equipment." title="The Independence plant makes Nautilus fitness equipment." align="left" hspace="6" width="104" height="85" /><p> <strong>UPDATED 4/22/14:<br /> </strong></p> Byllesby Dam repairs to fix flood damage http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/byllesby-dam-repairs-fix-flood-damage <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/chris_byllesbydamspill.jpg" alt="Water pours through Byllesby Dam in Carroll County during a 2013 flood in this Gazette file photo." title="Water pours through Byllesby Dam in Carroll County during a 2013 flood in this Gazette file photo." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> ROANOKE &mdash; Work that Appalachian Power has begun on Byllesby Dam goes well beyond replacing the flash boards knocked out of the emergency spillway during a New River flood, according to company officials.</p> Grayson Social Services fights fraud http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/grayson-social-services-fights-fraud <p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; The Grayson County Department of Social Services has recouped $34,554.64 of $46,830 in benefits received inappropriately since 2012, thanks to its revamped fraud information program.<br /> Director of Social Services Tony Isom said that since 2012 there have been 80 reports of fraud in the department&rsquo;s benefits program. He said the most common type of fraud reported involves applicants giving false information on their benefits applications, or failure to report income or correct household composition.<br /> State to review APCo's finances http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/state-review-apcos-finances <p> The State Corporation Commission plans a financial review of Appalachian Power Company that includes a review of earnings produced by rates the company charges for generation, distribution, and transmission services.<br /> The company proposes a number of rate structure changes that the company indicates would not generate any additional annual operating revenue.<br /> The changes may cause some customer bills to be higher or lower as a result, the SCC said in a news release.<br /> As part of its March 31 filing, the company proposes to<br /> Driver dozes off, clips pole on Edmonds Road http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/driver-dozes-clips-pole-edmonds-road <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_8893.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> At Sandyfest, bands unite to help friend http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/sandyfest-bands-unite-help-friend <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/10167967_667338239980784_2541849367513176261_n.jpg" alt="Scheduled to perform at Sandyfest on April 26 are The Fluffers, Perfection in Decay, Fletcher’s New Toy, Psychotropic Remedy, 18 Days, Cryptameria and Cult of Dionysis. The benefit concert is at the Independence VFW." title="Scheduled to perform at Sandyfest on April 26 are The Fluffers, Perfection in Decay, Fletcher’s New Toy, Psychotropic Remedy, 18 Days, Cryptameria and Cult of Dionysis. The benefit concert is at the Independence VFW." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> It was 1997 when Sandy Catron of Galax first went to Rainbow&rsquo;s End, a health food store that would later develop into a thriving music venue called &ldquo;The Other Side.&rdquo;<br /> &ldquo;They had started having drum sessions there, and people would come in and hang out, and jam together,&rdquo; she remembered.</p> No plans for Confederate history month proclamation http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/no-plans-confederate-history-month-proclamation <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/confederate_memorial_flag.jpg" alt="Confederate memorial events like this one are common in Southwest Virginia, where descendants of soldiers still live." title="Confederate memorial events like this one are common in Southwest Virginia, where descendants of soldiers still live." align="left" hspace="6" width="93" height="85" /><p> RICHMOND &mdash; There&rsquo;s no danger Gov. Terry McAuliffe will commit the same error as his predecessor when proclaiming April Confederate History Month in Virginia because McAuliffe doesn&rsquo;t plan to grant that recognition during his four-year tenure.</p> Replacing fire trucks will cost millions http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/replacing-fire-trucks-will-cost-millions <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/several_emergency_vehicles_by_david_young.jpg" alt="Several of Carroll County’s fire trucks are more than 20 years old." title="Several of Carroll County’s fire trucks are more than 20 years old." align="left" hspace="6" width="160" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; Faced with an aging fire fleet, Carroll officials expect to soon start spending hundreds of thousands of dollars per year on replacing these emergency response vehicles, according to a discussion at the April 14 county board meeting.<br /> Emergency Services Director Mike Mock told the supervisors of a 40-year-old brush truck in the county and other apparatus around 30 years old in an aging fleet among the Hillsville, Cana and Laurel Fork departments.</p>