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Today's News

  • Editorial: Fitness center deserved better outcome

    Last week the Galax School System and the Police Fitness organization received a nasty surprise: Lift Life Inc., the non-profit wing of professional fitness website Bodybuilding.com., said it is not going to fund its promised portion of the Curtis Bartlett Fitness Center.
    The center, intended as a tribute and legacy to the life, goals and memory of Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy Curtis Bartlett, was to be a workout space for both student athletes and first responders at Galax High School. Bartlett died in the line of duty in March 2017.

  • Readers Hotline 6/18/18

    Come and see
    I’m still calling about that mess in the Spring Valley Road area. I don’t know how you get anyone to even come and look at it. It should be the health department’s job to come and get this straightened out. Where is our Providence member of the board of supervisors?

    Asking for money

  • GHS let down by Lift Life

    The Lift Life Foundation has said it will not fund the Curtis Bartlett Fitness Center at Galax High School, according to School Superintendent Bill Sturgill at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
    Lift Life is a nonprofit organization of Bodybuilding.com. The nonprofit’s mission is to upgrade high schools’ weight rooms with state of the art equipment so students can improve their fitness levels.

  • Budget has money for 7 of 8 schools

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    and SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — After discussing the final details at a recent workshop, the Grayson County School Board approved an amended budget in the amount of $21.3 million at its regular meeting on June 11.
    The spending plan includes funds for only seven of Grayson’s eight schools.
    At the budget workshop June 5, Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said, “this has been a most difficult budget to prepare because of the lack of funds.”

  • Carnival coming to Galax next week

    The Galax Fire Department’s annual carnival is coming to Felts Park next week, from June 19-23.
    Rides and attractions will be provided by Michaels Amusements; gates open every evening at 5 p.m. with the carnival and bingo starting at 6 p.m.; bingo will be held every night from 6 p.m. until closing.
    Bingo games will offer a 50 percent payout, with a $1,000 championship game on Saturday night for qualifying players. Additionally, there will be a $300 cash drawing at 11 p.m. each night with one entry per paid adult ticket.

  • Hillsville PD receives funding for advanced equipment

    HILLSVILLE – Police Chief Wesley Yonce and Town Manager Retta Jackson announced Thursday that the Hillsville Police Department (HPD) received two separate grants during the month of May.
    First, the Hillsville Police Department has received a Walmart Foundation Community Grant in the amount of $2,120, to assist in the purchase of officer safety equipment. HPD partnered with the local Walmart Supercenter in Galax in the application process to successfully obtain these funds.

  • Cruisin & Groovin' in Hillsville

    Classic cars and music were the forefront of a recent Cruise-In celebration in downtown Hillsville.

  • Woman reported missing after leaving Galax

    Staff Report

    The Galax Police Department is seeking information about a Richmond woman who left The Life Center treatment facility in the city, but never made it home.

    Jenna Marie Pappas, 26, was last seen on June 1, leaving the Life Center. According to a statement from Galax police, “She told family members she had arranged a ride to return home to the Richmond, area. Pappas has not been seen or heard from since.”

  • Parents question Baywood closure

    BAYWOOD — Since announcing last month that Baywood Elementary School might close due to lack of funding for the fiscal year 2018-19 budget, school leaders have been inundated with questions from concerned citizens.

    To address as many concerns as possible, the school board held a community meeting in the Baywood Elementary auditorium on June 6; and the result was a full house.

  • S&S details plans for Wildwood expansion

    WOODLAWN – A local business specializing in shipping goods all across the United States is expanding due to growing demand for its services.

    S&S Transporters Inc. of Carroll County was announced as the first tenant in the Wildwood Commerce Park, a regional economic development project that has worked for several years to land its first industry.

    As business has grown, S&S reports that expansion operations are well underway for its newly acquired five-acre property at Wildwood, located on Virginia 620 at Exit 19 off Interstate 77.