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Today's News

  • Galax citizens concerned about sidewalks, vacant house

    Citizens brought concerns about sidewalks and an abandoned house to Galax City Council’s June 11 meeting.

    Cody Spencer spoke about road safety.

    “One of the things I’ve noticed for a while is our roads and their friendliness to pedestrians,” he said, especially near the Grant’s shopping center, Glendale Apartments and Northway Apartments.

  • Fries passes $494K budget

    FRIES — A unanimous vote by Fries Town Council at its June 5 meeting finalized the budget for fiscal year 2018-19, with revenues and expenditures total of $493,951.

    The proposed budget was presented for planning purposes at the council’s May 1 meeting. Council held a public hearing during the meeting, but heard no comments from the town citizens.

    At the June meeting, a motion was made by Town Council member Dawn Patton. The motion was seconded, and then approved with a unanimous vote.

    Proposed tax rates are as follows:

  • Eddie Bond wins NEA Heritage Fellowship award

    FRIES — Acclaimed fiddler Eddie Bond of Fries is among the recipients of the prestigious 2018 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Bond, a lifelong resident of Grayson County, grew up in the heart and capital of old-time music.

  • Baywood School will close

    INDEPENDENCE — The mood at Monday’s special called meeting of the Grayson County School Board was somber and resigned, as the board approved a final recommendation to close Baywood Elementary School.

    Three board members voted in favor of closing and two were opposed. The school will officially close its doors on July 1.

  • State park trails closed after bear encounter

    WHITETOP — The trail systems at Grayson Highlands State Park were closed June 16 after an encounter between a black bear and an untethered dog resulted in non life-threatening injuries to the dog’s owner.

    According to Jim Meisner, public relations specialist for the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the incident occurred at 8 a.m. that day. He said a woman was walking along Cabin Creek Trail and the Horse Trail Connector to Massie Gap with her dog.

  • Nester to serve 24.5 years for drug trafficking

    ABINGDON — A North Carolina man convicted as a result of the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation has been sentenced to 24 years and six months in federal prison.

    Prosecutors said Grandy Nester, 33, of Pilot Mountain, N.C., was part of a methamphetamine distribution network. He pleaded guilty in 2017 possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and conspiracy to distribute 500 grams of methamphetamine.

    At a hearing June 14 in U.S. District Court in Abingdon, Nester was sentenced to federal prison.

  • Rude awakening for napping man found with drugs

    CANA — An arrest made by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department last week resulted in several illegal items seized, including illicit substances and several weapons.

    A police report said that on June 12 at approximately 7:30 a.m., Deputy Dennie Surratt responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle on the parking lot of Paul’s Creek Church in Cana.

    Upon arriving at the scene, Surratt found a man asleep in the vehicle and woke him up. According to the report, Surratt noticed a glass pipe and the grip of a pistol in the floorboard of the vehicle.

  • Readers Hotline 6/20/18

    It takes an idiot

  • Driver in police pursuit among dozens indicted

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury indicted several people when it met on Monday, including a man involved in a wild police chase earlier this year.

    Caleb Michael Smith, 23, of Austinville, was indicted on four counts of assault and battery of a police officer and eluding a law enforcement officer, all stemming from an April 3 pursuit in Galax and Carroll County that went through parking lots, on the wrong side of the road and onto Interstate 77.

  • Administrators shuffled at Galax schools

    The Galax school system will once again see some changes in the wake of departing Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell and the ascendance of former Galax Elementary School Principal Kristina Legg into her place, said Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    “Everybody that was moved internally, they had interest in the positions they were moved to,” he said.

    Starting in the fall semester of 2018, the following changes will occur in administration:

    • Emily Boyles will move from assistant principal to principal at GES, replacing Legg.