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Today's News

  • Stockner birthday

    He’s four

    Jonas Lynn Stockner turned age 4 on April 28. He celebrated with a trip to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Jonas is the son of Zeth and Ashley Stockner. His grandparents are Tommy and Cherie Stockner and Junior and Tammey Osborne. His big brother is Jaxson Stockner.

  • Gillespie birthday

    She’s five

    Ember Gillespie celebrated her fifth birthday with a tea party on May 5. She is the daughter of Brock and Terri Gillespie. Ember’s older siblings are Brooklyn and Jackson. Her grandparents are Mark and Darlene Gillespie and Larry and Kathy Funk.

  • Court News from June 6-7, 2018

    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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in February in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Independence names new town manager

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council and town and county administrators joined together last week to welcome Reid Walters, who will be taking on the role of Independence Town Manager.
    Walters will replace Jerry Hughes, who announced his retirement earlier this year. While Hughes planned to leave the position in January, he stayed with the town to assist with the responsibilities until a new town manager was selected from the pool of applications.

  • Sutherland to retire from Galax schools

    Bill Sutherland, Galax City Schools’ director of CTE, testing and assessment, announced his retirement at last Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
    “I just wanted to say, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the opportunities that you’ve given me,” Sutherland said. “I’ve been really blessed here at Galax, and I’m just thankful for great people like you.”
    Visibly tearing up, he added, “I’m more emotional than I thought.”

  • Three arrested in Galax

    Three individuals were arrested in Galax last week in separate incidents, one of which resulted in the alleged assault of a police officer.
    Kalon G. McLaurin, 22, of Galax, was arrested on June 11 by Capt. James Cox for public intoxication, obstruction of justice and assault on a police officer.
    According to a police report, Cox responded to a report of an intoxicated male harassing employees of the Galax Motel. Upon arresting McLaurin for being intoxicated, the report says he actively resisted arrest and assaulted Cox, who was not injured in the incident.

  • Grayson students enjoy Highlands hike

    Independence Elementary School’s third grade class was treated to an educational field day near the end of the school year, to Grayson Highlands State Park. The students were instructed by Ranger Lee. Students hiked the two-mile Cabin Creek Trail. The ponies welcomed them by walking right up to the group. The third grade class teachers who arranged the field day included Katrina Young, and Christine Vance. The students were given brown bag lunches provided by the IES cafeteria staff. James Halsey, the bus driver, transported the group to and from the park.

  • 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.