Local News

  • Scammers get political with survey con

    The Better Business Bureau warns to steer clear of political polling calls that promise gift cards in exchange for taking a voter survey. Survey cons are common, but the U.S. presidential campaign gives scammers a timely elections twist.

    The BBB explains how the scam works. You get a call from someone claiming to be conducting a political survey. The pollster wants to ask you questions about the upcoming presidential election. In exchange for a few minutes of your time and your opinions, you will get a gift card or other reward.

  • Grant pays for school security measures

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools will use a $66,464 School Security Equipment Grant from the state to pay for new security equipment at four facilities.

    New equipment was requested in applications for Grayson County High School, Grayson County High Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center, Grayson Highlands School and Independence Middle School.

  • Voter registration deadline extended

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — A federal judge ordered voting registration for the Nov. 8 election to immediately reopen in Virginia following the state's online registration website malfunctioning on Sunday and Monday.

    The deadline to register is now 11:59 p.m. Friday, according to a civil rights group that filed a lawsuit.

  • Galax police make felony arrests

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included forgery, felony shoplifting, drug violations and perjury.

    • Heather Combs Lytton, 45, of Galax, was charged on Oct. 9 by Officer T.B. Jefferson for felony perjury (falsely swearing an oath).

    • Peggy Longshore Tucker, 66, of Galax, was charged on Oct. 11 by Officer Darrin Alley for felony petit larceny (third offense).

  • Wilmore: no conflict with coaches on board

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County’s school superintendent and the school system’s attorney say that volunteer coaches are allowed to serve on the school board, citing state code.

    At an Oct. 10 meeting, Tracy “Zeke” Anderson, a candidate for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board, went before the board to request the resignations of two members, Randy Shinault and Philip Vaughan.

  • Carroll's top teacher earns training award

    A teacher at Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County has received an award that will provide her with specialized training in reading and spelling.

    Sheila Hommema, a kindergarten teacher at Oakland and Carroll County’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, has received a Lucile Cornetet Individual Professional Development Award from the Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) Educational Foundation.

  • Four injured in Pipers Gap crash

    A two-vehicle crash on Sunday at 10:35 a.m. on Pipers Gap Road left four people with minor injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper R.D. Horton.

    A 2011 Toyota Corolla driven by Destiny P. Parnell, 18, of Galax, was crossing Pipers Gap Road at the Elkhorn intersection onto Soapstone Road when she pulled in front of a 2004 Ford F150 driven by David S. Jones, 39, of Galax. Jones’ Ford struck Parnell’s Toyota on the driver’s side.

  • Ballot will contain two proposed amendments

    In addition to the races for president, vice president and congress, voters on Nov. 8 will see two proposed amendments to the Virginia constitution on the ballot.

    The Right To Work Law as laid out in the Virginia Constitution currently states that forced union membership and payment of forced union dues as a condition of employment is prohibited – in other words, employment may not be denied on the basis of one’s union membership or lack of one.

  • Grant will pay for new Galax patrol cars

    The Galax Police Department will be the beneficiary of a federal grant for new police vehicles, according to a statement issued by the USDA Rural Development’s Danielle Logan.

    “We’re going to buy a couple new first-run patrol cars,” said City Manager Keith Barker, “and then retire a couple of our more high-mileage vehicles.” He said that the cars being replaced would likely get auctioned off on a government website.

  • 'Catfishing' love scheme targeting Virginians

    The Better Business Bureau warns about a sophisticated love scheme that is targeting area users of a popular dating website.

    In a scam known as “catfishing,” a man pretending to live in Roanoke is using a false identity on Match.com and tricking legitimate users out of thousands of dollars.

    According to multiple victims, a man using the name Jeffrey Curtis courted them for months, got them to fall in love with him, and then used a fake tragedy to con them out of thousands of dollars.