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  • Elk Creek man needs kidney transplant to survive

    ELK CREEK — Two years ago, at age 19, Robert Fallon of Elk Creek was greeting life as a young adult.

    Just out of high school, he was employed and living independently for the first time; and like most young men his age, he believed the years ahead would involve career choices, higher education opportunities and other milestones that typically come with early adulthood. But, as it turned out, life had other plans.

  • Cox aims for excellence

    An archer from the Twin Counties brought home his third consecutive gold medal earlier this month after finishing first place in the State Games of America.

    An avid competitor, outdoorsman and former state forest warden, Arthur Cox aced the archery competition at this year’s national games on Aug. 4, and shared his story this week about the rewarding experiences that archery has brought him throughout his life, on and off the shooting range.

  • Police charge two in Galax

    Staff Report

    The Galax Police Department reported two arrests on Aug. 8, in separate incidents.

    In the first incident, Sgt. Trevor Jefferson and Officer Mike Hash responded to a call of an unruly person at a local business.

    Upon a brief investigation, Brian M. Vuicich, 53, of Pulaski, was charged with being intoxicated in public and possession of a controlled substance, the report said. He is being held with no bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail.

  • Grayson, Galax schools consider vocational partnership

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County school system is in talks with Galax City Public Schools to potentially share available classroom space for programs through Grayson County High School’s Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center.

  • Man shot in head during landscaping argument

    A Galax man was arrested over the weekend after allegedly using a firearm during an altercation over landscaping work, which resulted in a Cana man being admitted to the hospital for a gunshot wound to the head.

    Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner reported that his office received a call on Aug. 10 at 11 a.m., advising that a man had just come into the emergency room at Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Deputy Josh Bowers responded and met with the victim, identified as 45-year-old Randy Combs of Cana.

  • Carroll opposes I-81 fuel tax plan

    HILLSVILLE – Though Interstate 81 doesn’t pass through Carroll, the county is among those included in an area targeted for higher state fuel taxes to pay for improvements to the heavily traveled highway.

    County officials on Monday night took a position to promote the interests of local taxpayers by passing a resolution opposing recent legislation implemented by the Virginia General Assembly at the beginning of the 2019-2020 fiscal year, imposing additional fuel taxes to pay for various improvement projects on sections of the I-81 corridor.

  • Two rescued from river in Fries

    FRIES — Members of the Fries Volunteer Fire and Rescue recently assisted in the water rescue of two individuals who were stranded in the middle of the New River for an hour after losing their inner tube.

    According to a report from Fries Fire Chief Chad Stanley, first responders were called July 31 after a resident on Riverview Avenue heard two individuals shouting for help from the river. On arrival, responders discovered that two individuals were trapped out in the water.

  • Council talks paving, SRO, golf carts, budget

    The Virginia Department of Transportation has agreed to award funding for paving projects the city applied for.

    Galax City Manager Keith Barker said the funding totals $338,972, with no local match. VDOT approved money to pay for paving portions of South Main Street and all of North Main Street, and the westbound lane of East Stuart Drive from the intersection at McDonald’s to Gillespie Lane.

  • Rescue squads receive life-saving devices

    FRIES – The Fries Rescue Squad and the Elk Creek Rescue Squad recently received grant funds to purchase CPR-assisting devices.

    The equipment, called Lund University Cardiopulmonary Assist System (LUCAS) devices, are automated chest compression units that reduce the amount of manpower needed to perform adequate CPR at the scene of a cardiac arrest call.

  • Wildwood loses tenant to Wythe

    A recent business deal gone south has left the Wildwood Commerce Park in Carroll County without its only business tenant.

    In June 2018, local officials announced the park had finally landed its first tenant after seven years in development — local trucking company S&S Transporters planned to build a $5.2 million, 5-acre facility that was to open June 30, 2019.

    But, over a year later and behind schedule, Wildwood is back at square one.