Local News

  • Twin Counties in proposed I-81 tax zone

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – An additional fuel tax of 2.1 percent would be levied in western Virginia, including the Twin Counties, under a Senate bill that creates a regional transportation fund to help pay for improvements on busy Interstate 81.

    The legislation sponsored by Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Augusta) passed the Senate 24-16 on Tuesday. It would create the Western Virginia Transportation Fund to improve conditions on the state’s longest interstate, stretching from Bristol to Winchester – mostly two lanes in each direction.

  • 4-H teaches youth about drug, alcohol dangers

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Middle School (CCMS) hosted an extensive youth awareness program throughout this week to educate students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

    4-H Agent Jonette Mungo of Virginia Cooperative Extension led the awareness program with the help of CCMS’ health and physical education staff.

  • General Assembly Halftime Report 2018

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — We’ve reached crossover, the halfway point of the General Assembly session when each chamber finishes its own bills and hear bills from the other chamber.

    The budget bill is the lone exception that doesn’t have to be complete yet – that has to be done by Sunday.

    Major agreements have come together around raising the felony threshold and reducing red tape in certain state departments.

  • Grayson builds up vocational program

    INDEPENDENCE — A few new initiatives have sparked in the Grayson County Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center’s building trades program, and with them ride the hopes of seeing an uptick in the program’s interest in upcoming years.

    In response to lower enrollment numbers in the building trades program last year, two new efforts were recently put into place. Overall, the class underwent a major transition last semester as staff considered the option of putting together larger commissionable building projects for Grayson County citizens.

  • Galax man faces drug, firearm charges

    Staff Report

    A Galax man has been arrested and charged with multiple violations by Sgt. Chris Hines.

    Bradley Lee Phillips, 39, of Galax, was observed operating a vehicle obstructing a street, according to a report from Police Chief Rick Clark.

    When Hines approached, Phillips exited the vehicle and became physically agitated, the report said. Phillips was found to be in possession of a firearm, methamphetamine and marijuana.

  • BBB warns of tax scams

    Staff Report

    Scammers are taking advantage of tax season to fool people into downloading malware, according to the Better Business Bureau.

    “You receive an email from someone you don’t know personally, but it looks like an official company message,” the BBB said in a recent news release. The email may have a subject line similar to this: “Document Received (Scanned_1040_W2.pdf).”

  • Arson dismissed, Rose guilty of other charges

    INDEPENDENCE — David Christopher Rose, charged in connection with the 2017 apartment fire at the former Ogle’s Deli in Independence, was found guilty of grand larceny, statutory burglary (in the nighttime) and violation of a protective order in Grayson County Circuit Court on Feb. 9; while other charges, including arson, were dismissed by the judge.

  • Carroll to go after unpaid tax revenue

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors will advertise a list of delinquent taxpayers and utilize DMV stops to collect an estimated $5 million in unpaid taxes and fees.

    The board continued its ongoing discussion of methods to generate revenue at a budget workshop meeting on Monday evening. Collecting delinquent taxes would help Carroll cover rising costs that were brought up in a budget report at the Feb. 12 meeting.

  • Business owners convicted of tax evasion

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A local couple faces a prison term and restitution after being convicted of tax evasion and conspiracy charges in federal court.

    In January, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia convicted Jeffrey and Karen Dalton of Hillsville of tax evasion and conspiring to structure currency transactions, according a news release from the U.S. Justice Department.

  • Bipartisan deal would raise felony threshold to $500

    RICHMOND – State leaders have reached a bipartisan compromise to raise the felony larceny threshold and pass legislation to ensure that crime victims are paid restitution.

    The General Assembly will pass and the governor will support and sign a package of bills, which includes legislation introduced by Del. Les Adams (R-Pittsylvania) and Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Roanoke) to raise the felony larceny threshold from $200 to $500. Suetterlein’s district includes part of Carroll County.