Local News

  • Boy leaps to safety, avoids collision

    A 9-year-old Galax boy sustained minor injuries as he jumped off a bicycle just before it was struck by a passing vehicle in the city on Monday.

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said Daniel Lee Lineberry was riding a bike when he went through a stop sign into the path of a vehicle at the intersection of Essex Street and Sixth Avenue.

    Lineberry apparently jumped from his bike when he realized it was about to be struck.

    He was transported by Grayson Emergency Medical Services ambulance and was treated and released at Twin County Regional Hospital.

  • Program eases transition to high school

    INDEPENDENCE — Rising freshman had the opportunity to attend a four-day camp at Grayson County High School to help transition them from middle to high school.

    Fourteen students attended the camp during the week of June 9 and participated in several activities to help with the transition, according to Camp Director Vicki Delp.

  • Grayson fiddlers' convention starts Friday

    ELK CREEK — Grayson County will hold its 41st Annual Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers' Convention at Elk Creek School Ball Park starting today, Friday and continuing Saturday.

    The two-day event will feature $3,300 in cash prizes.

    Registration remains open for contestants until show time — set to begin at 5 p.m. tonight and 3 p.m. tomorrow.

    Admission to the convention will be $6 on Friday and $8 on Saturday, or a two-day pass is available for $12. Camping is also available for $5 per day.

  • Hillsville bids mayor a fond farewell

    HILLSVILLE — Mayor Randall Gravley presided over the final regular meeting of his two terms on Hillsville Town Council on Monday night.

    Gravley departed to a chorus of kind words from colleagues and fellow council members, who praised his leadership skills and involvement in the community.

    His term ends June 30. Bill Tate was elected to the mayor’s post this year, and takes office July 1.

    Gravley announced in February that he would not seek another term after eight years on council — four as a member and four as mayor.

  • Carroll supervisors split on tax rate

    HILLSVILLE — Two Carroll supervisors voted against the proposed fiscal year 2008-2009 tax rate of 59.5 cents Monday — not because they objected to the budget itself, but because of concerns about the recent property reassessment.

    Several motions were needed at the supervisors' special meeting Monday to officially adopt the budget, including approving the bottom-line $74.8 million, appropriating the funds and setting the tax rate.

  • Carroll family survives wreck

    KANSAS CITY, MO. — Several Kansas City media outlets are reporting that two Hillsville, Va., residents traveling with family avoided serious injury when a tractor-trailer plowed into their recreational vehicle and a police car on June 18.

    Bobby and Yvette Leonard of Hillsville were among the party traveling to Montana for a wedding, according to media reports.

    The RV hit a deer on Interstate 435, so the Leonard family pulled over onto the shoulder.

  • Galax approves Life Center's request

    The Life Center of Galax, which began expanding its facility at 112 Painter Street in March, got approval from city council to receive a conditional use permit that would allow the drug and alcohol treatment facility to renovate a house next door for use as administrative offices.

    The house at 104 Painter Street adjoins the Life Center property and is located in a medium-density residential district, which permits hospitals.

  • Suspects charged in motorcycle shop break-in

    Arrests have been made in connection with a break-in, grand larceny and destruction of property at Patton’s Motorcycle Shop in Fairview earlier this month.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Kenneth Frank Kipp, 34, of Elkin, N.C. and Joshua Dean Kipp, 33, of Galax were arrested and charged with one count each of breaking and entering, grand larceny and destruction of property.

    Vaughan said on June 11, Patton’s Motorcycle Shop was broken in to — with the suspects gaining entrance through the garage area.

  • Galax adopts $18M spending plan for 2008-09

    Galax City Council on Monday adopted the city's 2008-09 budget, which includes a proposed general fund of $17.97 million.

    The real estate tax rate will be reduced to 55 cents and the utility fund is set at $4.45 million.

    In other action council:

    • set the summer meeting schedule. Traditionally, council meets once per month June through October.

    Council decided to hold meetings the second Monday of each month — July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8 and Oct. 13, all at 7:30 p.m.

  • Fries hopes funds flood new pool effort

    FRIES — After losing millions of gallons of water and thousands of dollars in expenses, the Fries Recreation Department has decided to raise funds to build a new pool.

    The rec department board held a meeting in April to notify the public how bad the situation was.

    Board member Tom Guy said that in the past five years the 60-year-old pool cost the town $15,125.17 and more than 3.1 million gallons of water.

    “We are constantly losing money by repairing the pool,” Guy told The Gazette last week. “We need a new one.”