https://www.galaxgazette.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en True crime show to air episode on Galax murders https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/true-crime-show-air-episode-galax-murders <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/murder_comes_to_town_screen.jpg" alt="The show “Murder Comes To Town” is on Investigation Discovery." title="The show “Murder Comes To Town” is on Investigation Discovery." align="left" hspace="6" width="142" height="85" /><p> The story of Alyssa Kenny and Anastasia Alley&rsquo;s deaths and the search for their killer will be featured on Investigation Discovery&rsquo;s TV show, &ldquo;Murder Comes to Town,&rdquo; on June 26 at 9 p.m.</p> <p> The series dramatizes American small-town homicides.</p> <p> After shooting footage in Galax earlier this year, conducting interviews with locals related to the case and obtaining news information from The Gazette, producers put the story together for Tuesday&rsquo;s episode.</p> Eddie Bond wins NEA Heritage Fellowship award https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/eddie-bond-wins-nea-heritage-fellowship-award <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/heritage2018-eddie-bond-highres.jpg" alt="Eddie Bond of Fries has traveled the U.S. and the world playing fiddle, and has been the leader of the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters since 2001." title="Eddie Bond of Fries has traveled the U.S. and the world playing fiddle, and has been the leader of the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters since 2001." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> FRIES &mdash; Acclaimed fiddler Eddie Bond of Fries is among the recipients of the prestigious 2018 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.</p> <p> Bond, a lifelong resident of Grayson County, grew up in the heart and capital of old-time music.</p> Galax citizens concerned about sidewalks, vacant house https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/galax-citizens-concerned-about-sidewalks-vacant-house <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/galax_seal_24.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="83" height="85" /><p> Citizens brought concerns about sidewalks and an abandoned house to Galax City Council&rsquo;s June 11 meeting.</p> <p> Cody Spencer spoke about road safety.</p> <p> &ldquo;One of the things I&rsquo;ve noticed for a while is our roads and their friendliness to pedestrians,&rdquo; he said, especially near the Grant&rsquo;s shopping center, Glendale Apartments and Northway Apartments.</p> Court unseals indictments against 9 https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/court-unseals-indictments-against-9 <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/grayson_county_courthouse_9_4.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /><p> <strong>By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff</strong></p> <p> INDEPENDENCE &ndash; Indictments against nine suspects were recently unsealed in Grayson County Circuit Court.</p> <p> A grand jury met April 27 and indicted several suspects on drug and other charges. Some of the indictments were sealed until the suspects were arrested.</p> Fries passes $494K budget https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/fries-passes-494k-budget <p> FRIES &mdash; A unanimous vote by Fries Town Council at its June 5 meeting finalized the budget for fiscal year 2018-19, with revenues and expenditures total of $493,951.</p> <p> The proposed budget was presented for planning purposes at the council&rsquo;s May 1 meeting. Council held a public hearing during the meeting, but heard no comments from the town citizens.</p> <p> At the June meeting, a motion was made by Town Council member Dawn Patton. The motion was seconded, and then approved with a unanimous vote.</p> <p> Proposed tax rates are as follows:</p> Baywood School will close https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/baywood-school-will-close <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/35518695_10216526749420526_3133111318819635200_n.jpg" alt="Those attending Monday’s meeting react to the news that Baywood will close, with students and teachers sent to Fairview and Independence schools. " title="Those attending Monday’s meeting react to the news that Baywood will close, with students and teachers sent to Fairview and Independence schools. " align="left" hspace="6" width="116" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; The mood at Monday&rsquo;s special called meeting of the Grayson County School Board was somber and resigned, as the board approved a final recommendation to close Baywood Elementary School.</p> <p> Three board members voted in favor of closing and two were opposed. The school will officially close its doors on July 1.</p> Nester to serve 24.5 years for drug trafficking https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/nester-serve-245-years-drug-trafficking <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/grandy_nester.jpg" alt="Grandy Nester" title="Grandy Nester" align="left" hspace="6" width="50" height="85" /><p> ABINGDON &mdash; A North Carolina man convicted as a result of the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation has been sentenced to 24 years and six months in federal prison.</p> <p> Prosecutors said Grandy Nester, 33, of Pilot Mountain, N.C., was part of a methamphetamine distribution network. He pleaded guilty in 2017 possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and conspiracy to distribute 500 grams of methamphetamine.</p> <p> At a hearing June 14 in U.S. District Court in Abingdon, Nester was sentenced to federal prison.</p> State park trails closed after bear encounter https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/state-park-trails-closed-after-bear-encounter <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/da_bear.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> WHITETOP &mdash; The trail systems at Grayson Highlands State Park were closed June 16 after an encounter between a black bear and an untethered dog resulted in non life-threatening injuries to the dog&rsquo;s owner.</p> <p> According to Jim Meisner, public relations specialist for the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the incident occurred at 8 a.m. that day. He said a woman was walking along Cabin Creek Trail and the Horse Trail Connector to Massie Gap with her dog.</p>