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  • GES project bid higher than expected

    The bidding process for Galax Elementary School’s renovation and expansion project has hit a few snags, said Yancey Powers of the WM2A architectural firm, but he feels they can be overcome.

    At the April 10 meeting, Powers told the Galax School Board that only one bid was received, and it totaled $17.8 million. “We were shooting for around $14.5 million,” he reminded the board.

    (The total project budget, with design fees and contingencies added, is $17 million.)

  • Grayson making changes to emergency agencies

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has approved a resolution to dissolve its emergency services association in favor of creating a new entity: the Grayson County, Virginia Emergency Services Commission.

    The resolution was presented and approved unanimously by the board members present at the April 16 meeting.

  • Teacher, coach charged with assault

    Staff Reports

    Kevin Renwick Frazier, 48, of Galax, a former instructor at Galax High School, has been charged with two separate cases of assault with two separate minor victims.

    The parents of the juveniles obtained warrants after an investigation by School Resource Officer Vickie Taylor of the Galax Police Department. Warrants were served by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office on March 16, according to Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    The offense dates were Dec. 4, 2017, and Dec. 16, 2017, in the City of Galax.

  • Crowder, Yonce unopposed in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – Two seats on the Hillsville Town Council are uncontested in the upcoming May 1 election. Mayor Gregory N. Crowder and Laurel Fork District Council Member Gregory D. Yonce are unopposed in seeking new terms.

    Greg Crowder

    Crowder is currently the only candidate on the ballot for mayor, but he says he remains diligent in carrying out civic duties aimed toward seeing the town grow and prosper.

  • Homeowner chases, detains larceny suspect

    CANA – A Cana resident was arrested early Monday morning after being chased on foot and detained by the owner of the property where he was allegedly committing larceny.

  • Three Grayson towns to hold elections

    Staff Reports

    Town council elections will be held May 1 to fill seats in three Grayson localities.

    Three council members and the mayor will be up for election in Independence.

    Seeking re-election are Mayor E.F. “Butch” Reeves and three of the six council members whose terms expire June 30 — Tom Maxwell, Buddy Halsey and Jeffery Miller.

    Reeves has served as mayor since first being elected in 1998. Maxwell serves as vice-mayor and was appointed to council in 2003.

  • Woman stabbed at Hardee's in Galax

    Staff Reports

    A fight at the Galax Hardee’s on Sunday shortly after 6 p.m. resulted in Cera Rene Massaro, 19, of Galax, being stabbed.

    She was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to a report released by the Galax Police Department.

    While en route, responding officers were notified that EMS personnel had been dispatched to a reported stab wound at that location.

  • Greene, Mitchell seeking re-election

    Two longtime members of Galax City Council are seeking re-election in the May 1 election.

    C.M. Mitchell is running again this year to hold the position on Galax City Council he’s held since 1986. He has been mayor since 1992, having been appointed by his peers on council.

    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.

    Mitchell and Greene are among the five candidates seeking four council seats this year.

  • Fries receives playground grant

    FRIES — The Town of Fries has received a $15,000 “Let’s Play” grant, to fund a project started in 2016 to replace the playground equipment in the town park.

    The announcement was made at the Fries Town Council’s April meeting, by Kim Mallory, Fries resident and volunteer for the playground project.

    “So far, we’ve raised $6,500 for this project; and with this grant, the total is now $21,500,” Mallory told council members.

  • Sport growing, but Grayson lacks track

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Track is the fastest growing sport in the Grayson County school system, but the program has a big problem – no track.

    Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the Grayson County School Board at its April 9 meeting that there are more than 40 runners on this year’s track team, but to practice they have to run the streets and highways around Independence, which he feels “is dangerous.”