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Today's News

  • Delinquent tax collections going slowly in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Sales of property to recoup delinquent taxes have not attracted many buyers, Carroll officials indicated at Jan. 13 county board meeting.
    Supervisor Sam Dickson asked County Attorney Jim Cornwell about how well delinquent tax collections were going during supervisor’s time.
    The last delinquent taxpayer list that Cornwell received came from March 2012, the attorney answered.

  • Water park, foster home find support, but mired in uncertainty

    By PATRICK SMITH and SHAINA STOCKTON
    FRIES — A Fries resident, backed by support from Fries Town Council, is seeking to locate a potential business at the town’s old Washington Mill property.
    Catrinna Shupe, who approached council members in December 2013 with her vision for “Kiddie Cats Cove” — a combined water park and children’s foster home — visited the board again at the Jan. 14 meeting to give an update on her progress.

  • General Assembly members report gifts

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    RICHMOND — Members of the 2014 General Assembly reported accepting more than $260,000 worth of free meals, tickets to football games, overseas trips and other gifts last year, according to legislators’ annual disclosure forms.
    The average value of the gifts was $267, down from $467 in 2011, the most recent comparable post-election year. The overall number of gifts increased to 973 from 534 during the same period.

  • Married musicians find perfect harmony

    Carl Jones and Erynn Marshall found their lives and musical careers entwined for years before they both ended up in Galax.
    At festivals and events from Canada to Georgia, they found their encounters repeating like the chorus of a song.
    The married couple is looking forward to passing down their love of music to other aspiring musicians. They will offer a series of music classes to the community through Chestnut Creek School of the Arts this year.

  • Zoning repeal ready for review

    By PATRICK SMITH and Staff Reports

  • Jones assigned lawyer, trial to be set

    INDEPENDENCE — An Asheboro, N.C., man accused of the murder of a 33-year-old Fries woman has begun making appearances in Grayson County Circuit Court.

  • Woman dies in moped crash

    A Sunday wreck involving a moped on Hebron Road led to the death of the operator, according to Virginia State Police.
    A report of the incident came in at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 2, when a caller told authorities that there was a person and a scooter in a ditch on Hebron Road, near a private road named Ponder Drive.
    Trooper S.E. Kinney responded on found the 2008 Zhejiag Wildfire moped and the driver, Mary E. Keller, 51, of Galax.

  • Tide can’t overcome cold spell

    MAX MEADOWS –– The Galax girls’ basketball team did a lot of things right in its midweek visit to Fort Chiswell. The Maroon Tide got plenty of good shots, it took care of the basketball and pestered youthful Fort Chiswell into more than 20 turnovers.

    On the downside, however, too few of the things Galax did well, ended well.

  • Big finish propels Maroon Tide over Green Wave

    NARROWS –– Galax pulled away from a 25-24 lead in the fourth quarter and took a 45-36 win over Narrows Thursday in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game.

    A low-scoring first half ended with Narrows in front 15-11. Caleb Bartlett’s 3-pointer late in the third quarter gave the Maroon Tide (12-3 overall, 6-1 district) the lead for good at 25-22 and Caleb Pack’s bucket underneath put Galax in front 30-24.

  • Lady Cavs still perfect in RRD

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County and Salem took turns landing jabs for the first two quarters of their River Ridge District showdown Friday. The Cavaliers finally landed a haymaker in the third.

    Carroll County led by five points midway through the third when Keely Lundy hit three 3-pointers to key an 18-2 tear that extended into the early part of the fourth, and the Cavaliers remained perfect in RRD play with a 58-39 win over the Spartans.