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Today's News

  • Galax could lower more speed limits

    The changes in Galax speed limits may continue as research finds more inconsistencies with the city’s roads.
    Police Chief Rick Clark spoke with members of Galax City Council at their July 8 meeting, where he presented another recommendation, along with findings from research conducted by the city’s Traffic Safety Committee.
    The discussion returned to an action item that was held over from council’s May 28 meeting — a recommendation to reduce the speed limit on U.S. 58 from 45 to 35 mph from Fries Road west to Mountain View.

  • Touring the Trail

    FRIES — Blue Cat on the New has reeled in the contract for a pilot program to increase accessibility on the New River Trail State Park.
    Only this outfitter, with locations in Fries and Draper, has received permission from the state to host tours of portions of the popular trail using golf carts.
    Business owner Donnie Turner’s application was accepted last winter when the state park system sought proposals.
    The tours out of the Fries location can stretch to about 2.5 hours and extend as far as Byllesby Dam and the Gambetta area.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/15/13

    Unwelcome help
    I read the editor’s note on the coaching question. It said the coaches are tutors that work with students that need extra help. I think someone needs to talk with these coaches about their job description. I was told from the reading coach and math coach that they are not supposed to work with children, that they are just there as a resource for me. I have enough sense to get my own resources, thank you.

  • Counties allege fraud in radio lawsuit

    Grayson and Carroll counties, alleging fraud and breach of contract on a 2009 project to improve radio systems, have filed a lawsuit against the Mount Airy, N.C., business seeking the return of more than $1 million paid and $350,000 in punitive damages.

  • Arrest Reports 7/15/13

    The Gazette is partnering with local police departments to publish photos of suspects arrested and charged.

  • APCo fuel factor will not change

    Appalachian Power Co. filed a request Friday to leave unchanged the current fuel factor component of its electricity rates.
    The fuel factor is aimed at dollar-for-dollar recovery for the cost Appalachian Power incurs for fuel — primarily coal — and purchased power. It is often adjusted annually. There is no profit in the fuel factor.
    The current fuel factor of 2.953 cents per kilowatt-hour has been in place since June 2012.

  • Paperwork piles up for schools HVAC project

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll supervisors completed the the county’s paperwork to proceed with replacing the heating and air conditioning at the high school at their meeting July 8.
    If it seems like there’s a lot of documentation between cooperating agencies — the county, the Industrial Development Authority, the school board and Rural Development, which will provide the $5 million — it’s because there is.

  • Potty plopped on property? Pay up to toss that toilet

    HILLSVILLE — A new idea to raise money to “flush out cancer” continues to float around the community.
    A group of Galax-Carroll Relay for Life participants, Team Lifesavers, have been stealthily placing their plumbing-related fundraising tool in some high-traffic locations.
    “Our team is made up of teenagers who are working in memory of those lost to cancer or in honor of those who have survived or are fighting now,” the accompanying documentation says. “Please help us by supporting our effort to ‘Flush Out Cancer.”

  • BBQ event spices up Galax's economy

    This year, we celebrate the ninth anniversary of Smoke on the Mountain, an event that in its short existence has made great strides in putting Galax on the map for the rest of the country.
    Every year, it attracts thousands — barbecue teams, judges, tourists, fans and locals — to enjoy two days of high-spirited competition and many other festivities.
    Locals can get out, celebrate, eat, mingle with old friends and meet new ones.
    Tourists get a taste, not just of good food and entertainment, but of the city itself and what it has to offer.

  • Citizens question Grayson road plan's direction

    INDEPENDENCE — Residents of Fries and Big Ridge Road in Elk Creek overfilled the board room of the Grayson County Courthouse recently for several Grayson County Board of Supervisors public hearings.
    The group from Fries left the building with their desired result; the residents of Big Ridge Road left feeling somewhat dissatisfied and uncertain about their future.