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  • City puts brakes on truck ordinance

    Galax City Council had considered an ordinance to prohibit truckers from using “jake brakes” — mechanisms that allow for fast braking by releasing compression from the engine, creating a loud noise — but are now pursuing an alternate course of action.

    Council held a public hearing on the proposal at its May 14 meeting,

    Travis Haynes, voted onto council in the May 1 election, was the only citizen to speak. He takes office on July 1.

  • Galax to hold public hearings on school, city budgets

    Galax City Council has set May 29 as the public hearing date for both the city budget and the Galax City Public Schools budget.

    The meeting will be held, uncharacteristically, on a Tuesday night, as Monday is Memorial Day and the city offices will be closed.

    Both budgets are still somewhat in limbo, as the Virginia General Assembly has not come to a decision on the commonwealth’s budget.

    The state legislature is legally required to pass a budget before July 1.

  • City budget has no new tax increases

    Galax’s proposed fiscal year 2019 budget will not raise taxes this year, according to a presentation to city council by City Manager Keith Barker in two recent budget meetings.

    However, this is the second year of a 13¢ real estate tax increase, staggered over five years, as reported previously.

  • Galax, Grayson commended for no crash deaths

    For the second year in a row, Galax is being commended for having no crash-related deaths, and Grayson County also made the list for 2017.

    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ Highway Safety Office congratulated 23 Virginia localities that reported zero traffic fatalities last year.

    Galax was one of 13 localities that had no traffic fatalities in both 2016 and 2017.

  • State to hold primary election on June 12

    Staff Report

    The June 12 primary election will include races for a U.S. Senate seat and the U.S. House of Representatives Ninth District seat.

    This year’s election will be a dual primary, meaning that voters will be able to participate in either the Republican or the Democratic election, but not both.

    The Democratic race will determine who will challenge incumbent Republican congressman Morgan Griffith for the 9th District seat in November. On the ballot for this race are Anthony J. Flaccavento and Justin D. Santopietro.

  • Park project receives grant from Dr. Pepper

    Staff Report

    FRIES — The Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and the national non-profit KaBOOM! has awarded Fries a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant, which will be used to buy and place new playground equipment for the town’s public park.

    The Fries Public Park Fund was established in September 2016, when town council granted Fries resident Kim Mallory permission to raise money and apply for grants in an effort to update the public park space and its aging equipment.

  • Book will benefit Allen House

    HILLSVILLE – An author releasing a new book this weekend at the Memorial Day Flea market hopes to help raise funds for restoration of a historic home in Carroll County.

    Historian and writer Thomas B. Perry’s new book from Laurel Hill Publishing, “Murder in a Rear View Mirror: Stories of True Crime,” will be available at the Hillsville VFW lot during the Memorial Day Weekend Flea Market, May 25-28.

  • Fishers Gap truck traffic causes concern

    By LARRY CHAMBERS & SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors conducted a public hearing at its May 10 meeting, regarding truck traffic on Fishers Gap Road.

    The hearing was set to receive public comments on a proposal to prohibit through truck traffic on Fishers Gap, south of Galax, with an alternate route on Edmonds Road and Route 89.

    Several truck drivers attended the meeting to listen to the comments, but none of them spoke.

  • No victim found after call about shots fired

    CANA – A frantic call from a Cana resident Monday evening caused local law enforcement to expect gunshot wound victims before arriving on the scene and uncovering the true nature of the incident.

    On May 21, Carroll Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported gunshot wound on Fish Lake Road in Cana.

  • Loose puppies caused crash, driver tells police

    Staff Report

    A Galax man told police that his six puppies had a hand, or a paw, in causing a single-vehicle crash on May 20, according to Virginia State Trooper J.E. Tilson.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene at 6:56 p.m. on Pipers Gap Road, and freed Scott David Peterson, 59, and his six puppies from a Ford pickup they found overturned on its side, said Assistant Fire Chief Mark Burnett.