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Local News

  • Arson info reward increased

    A Galax man has again upped the reward that he will pay for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved with a fire that destroyed the old Stevens Creek school building in October 2012.

  • 'Andrew's Law' wins Senate approval

    RICHMOND — “Andrew’s Law,” named after a fallen Virginia State Police trooper, has received unanimous approval in two Senate committees and was headed to a third.

  • Golf carts could be allowed on Galax streets

    After months of research and discussion, Galax City Council has approved a draft ordinance to allow golf carts on certain roads in and around the city’s downtown area.
    Council made the decision to move forward with the ordinance last month.

  • With no support, zoning referendum bill fails

    RICHMOND — With no testimony offered before a Virginia Senate committee and no unanimous support from county supervisors, a bill was killed on Tuesday that would have put Grayson’s zoning ordinance to a popular vote.
    The Grayson Board of Supervisors is divided on whether to get rid of zoning, which guides land use and development. It has split 3-2, with the majority faction opposed to zoning.

  • Workers stabilizing wetland at Island Creek

    HILLSVILLE — The stream that flows through the Hillsville Elementary School property next to the FFA farm meanders enough, but still causes deep erosion in its banks.
    Water running under the hillside through Island Creek has actually stripped a large patch on the bank bare of topsoil and vegetation in a sharp bend.
    Erosion would have continued to degrade the quality of the stream, but Branch Highways will step in to repair that damage as part of a contract with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

  • Delinquent tax collections going slowly in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Sales of property to recoup delinquent taxes have not attracted many buyers, Carroll officials indicated at Jan. 13 county board meeting.
    Supervisor Sam Dickson asked County Attorney Jim Cornwell about how well delinquent tax collections were going during supervisor’s time.
    The last delinquent taxpayer list that Cornwell received came from March 2012, the attorney answered.

  • Water park, foster home find support, but mired in uncertainty

    By PATRICK SMITH and SHAINA STOCKTON
    FRIES — A Fries resident, backed by support from Fries Town Council, is seeking to locate a potential business at the town’s old Washington Mill property.
    Catrinna Shupe, who approached council members in December 2013 with her vision for “Kiddie Cats Cove” — a combined water park and children’s foster home — visited the board again at the Jan. 14 meeting to give an update on her progress.

  • General Assembly members report gifts

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    RICHMOND — Members of the 2014 General Assembly reported accepting more than $260,000 worth of free meals, tickets to football games, overseas trips and other gifts last year, according to legislators’ annual disclosure forms.
    The average value of the gifts was $267, down from $467 in 2011, the most recent comparable post-election year. The overall number of gifts increased to 973 from 534 during the same period.

  • Zoning repeal ready for review

    By PATRICK SMITH and Staff Reports

  • Hundreds sign petition to keep trucks off curvy road

    ELK CREEK — Hundreds of Grayson County citizens have signed a petition calling for improved signage to warn tractor-trailer drivers of GPS routing that often leads them into navigating dangerously curvy roads.
    The petition was presented to the Grayson County Board of Supervisors and to Virginia Department of Transportation Wytheville Residency Administrator Jeff Russell at the supervisors’ Jan. 9 meeting.