Local News

  • Grayson working to close budget gap

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County officials have spent long hours poring over their upcoming budget, finding creative ways to cover expenditures without sacrificing the main objectives and goals for the county.

    The budget will prove to be a challenge this year; after using a variety of strategies and resources, the county still has a deficit. Expected revenues for this budget total $19.6 million; while requested expenditures totaled $20.5 million.

  • Galax sets end of school, graduation date

    The Galax School Board voted unanimously to set the last day of school at June 10 and graduation day at June 11.

    Additionally, the first day of the fall semester will be Aug. 15.

    There was a little discussion at the April 12 meeting about proper placement of the last day of school; according to Superintendent Bill Sturgill, “That would give us two days short of what we originally planned for. Thanks to [Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell], she spent some time calculating the hours.

  • Police department recognizes officers

    When a fire swept through a home on Glendale Road last year, two police officers and the city’s fire chief went above and beyond the call of duty in an attempt to rescue children still inside.

    Police Chief Rick Clark recently recognized those men for their “selfless disregard for their own safety” in the March 5, 2015, fire that claimed the lives of three children.

  • Grayson hopes to continue budget momentum

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors met April 4 to discuss the theme, mission, goals, strategies and objectives of the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget.

    In a presentation by County Administrator Jonathan Sweet, the budget theme was proposed as “Continuing the momentum.”

  • New guidelines advise caution with opiod prescriptions

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — A state hospital association released guidelines Tuesday to tackle opioid abuse, taking particular aim at prescriptions given in emergency rooms.

    The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association has been working since January crafting the guidelines, which advise scrutiny of prescriptions for people in chronic pain.

  • Nine seeking seats on Fries Town Council

    FRIES — Nine candidates are vying for seven seats on Fries Town Council this year, with many shared objectives in seeing the town grow through recreational and business development through several ongoing projects.

    Fries has made headlines many times over the past year with the sale of the old mill property and other downtown properties; the implementation of a “LOVEWorks” sign; a new information center; and most recently, the announcement of the long-awaited Fries Depot project being put up for bids.

  • Arrests include drugs, ‘bizarre’ behavior, sleeping in church

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included drug charges, a man who was found sleeping in a church and an individual “acting in a bizarre manner.”

    Ernest Joseph Harber, 26, of Galax, was arrested by officers Tyler Houk and John Reavis for misdemeanor trespassing on April 8 at 1:25 a.m.

  • Galax budget balances

    Galax City Council decided that the first budget meeting of the year on April 4 need be its only budget meeting of the year.

    Most years, council members meets at least twice to go over its spending plan, but this year’s document didn’t require as much discussion. Council voted Monday night to cancel a second budget workshop, but did not approve the budget.

    In presenting the balanced budget to council last week, City Manager Keith Barker laid out information in a concise fashion, with each section explained.

  • Driver rams police car in chase

    HILLSVILLE – A Michigan man faces multiple charges after a chase in Hillsville on Sunday that resulted in the total loss on a Hillsville police vehicle.

    According to a release from Capt. James Alderman with the Hillsville Police Department, officers received a call at 8 a.m. on April 10 from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office dispatch regarding a reckless driver. The vehicle was reported to be on the U.S. 58 bypass near the U.S. 52 exit and driving aggressively.

  • Study recommends paid help for volunteer firefighters

    Radford University students who conducted a study about firefighting came to the Galax firehouse, slept in it overnight, went on a call in gear with firefighters, and generally made it their business to understand their research topic.

    The result is a report on the future of volunteer firefighting and the cost to localities for operating paid fire departments.

    At the March 14 Galax City Council meeting, the students presented their findings.