Today's News

  • Letters to the Editor for 3/30/09

    Ban wrong way to end smoking

    While the lifelong non-smoker side of me applauds the new Virginia smoking ban, my rebellious redneck side groans in disbelief.

    How many more laws that take away personal choices are going to be enacted? I have a great disdain for any kind of smoking, but I do believe it’s one’s right, if inclined.

    Just the same as it is my right to refuse to do business in a smoking establishment. That’s freedom of personal choice.

  • Crossroads Institute celebrates 100th business

    The Small Business Development Center at Crossroads Institute has helped gain funding for 100 new and expanding businesses in Galax and the Twin Counties — topping all of Virginia’s SBDC offices.

    While a remarkable achievement on its own, despite the downturn in the economy, 96 of these businesses — all started within the past three years — remain open. Some are even expanding.

  • Galax plans ahead for projects

    A five-year capital improvement plan — featuring a new visitors' center, road improvements, construction of a veterans' memorial and a permanent outdoor performance stage in Felts Park — was presented to Galax City Council at the March 23 meeting.

    These projects are recommended by department heads or the city manager as necessary for maintenance, service delivery and community and economic development.

  • Couples charged with thefts in Galax

    In two separate incidents, the Galax Police Department arrested and charged two couples with a series of thefts in Galax and Mount Airy, N.C.

    According to a Galax police report, officers arrested a Tennessee couple March 26 at Wal-Mart after Sgt. Danita Jackson observed them operating a vehicle matching the description of one police were looking for.

    Jackson, with the assistance of Detective Aaron Criner, arrested Margie E. Phillips and Roby Lynn Hawkins, both age 29.

  • Gallery hosts new Fancy Gap visitor center

    FANCY GAP — If visitors in Fancy Gap are a little foggy about where to go and what to do, they can always stop at Treasure Potts II to clear the air.

    An artisan gallery featuring works from the Virginia and North Carolina region, Treasure Potts II also reserves space for travel brochures and other kinds of assistance from the Blue Ridge Host organization.

  • Carroll keeps school budget request level

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll supervisors seemed thankful to receive a level funding request from the county school system Monday.

    Schools Superintendent Greg Smith made his presentation to the Board of Supervisors at a special meeting, the same presentation he gave the school board a couple weeks prior.

    The $11.5 million local funding request is the same as the current year’s budget — though the figures show that more of the local money will go towards paying debt service, while less will go toward operations as compared to the current year.

  • Public record for 3/11/09 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. 

    For information on this column or questions, call Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in November in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

    Santiago Barrera Deleaon of Laurel Springs, N.C., guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $25 fine.

  • Galax police warn of scams

    As times get tough, more people are applying for loans and grants via the Internet and mail, but a lack of research into unknown financial institutions has resulted in about 50 people in the area in the past year being scammed out of a combined $15,000 to $20,000, estimates Galax Police Sgt. Chris Brown, holding a folder of fraudulent letters, e-mails and checks.

  • Rescue squad hiring full-time workers

    INDEPENDENCE — In an effort to better serve its coverage area, the Independence Volunteer Rescue Squad will hire two full-time personnel.

    Squad Chief Robbie Wingate approached the Grayson Board of Supervisors March 12 asking for permission to do so, noting that the squad had begun billing insurance companies and expected that money to cover the costs.

    Wingate noted that the squad had various members who had served — and actually helped spearhead the creation of the squad — and other members who had 20-plus years of experience with the squad.

  • Embarq fights rural rate increase

    A disagreement about charges between two telecom companies could lead to higher phone charges for rural customers, one local legislator fears.

    Del. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) recently made his concerns known to the Virginia State Corporation Commission in a case in which Sprint has asked for a reduction in fees that it has to pay to connect long distance calls to rural customers through Embarq's network.