Local News

  • Hearing set for APCO rates

    The State Corporation Commission will hold a public hearing next month in Abingdon on Appalachian Power Co.’s four recent rate requests and will hold four additional hearings in Richmond later this year.
    APCo earlier this month filed requests that, if approved, would mean its residential electricity customers would see an increase of 9.6 percent in their monthly bills.

  • Fuel-saving myths debunked

    With ongoing increases at the gasoline pump, the cumulative effect of higher fuel prices is causing some drivers to change their habits and to seek ways to save money as they fill up.
    However, cash-strapped and stressed-out motorists should be leery of some fuel conservation and money saving tips that are being offered, advises the American Automobile Association.
    AAA Mid-Atlantic is seeking to debunk the latest myths and urban legends about saving fuel and money at the pump:

  • Census forces redrawing of Carroll election districts



  • No plan to ask county for police protection


    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council has no plan to ask the Grayson Sheriff's Department to replace its police force with county deputies, as the department did recently in the Town of Fries.
    Town council members had a special meeting April 6 to discuss personnel and other business.

  • Va. child care laws rank 14th in U.S., despite 'D' grade

    Virginia’s score in a nationwide report on state laws regulating child care providers is a D — and that’s enough to rank it 14th in the country.
    The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies last month scored states on criteria such as licensing of child care centers and frequency of inspections.
    The Arlington-based nonprofit works to increase quality child care and concluded in its report that “most states do little to protect the health and safety of children in child care.”

  • Two more seek at-large Grayson seat


  • No middle ground on future of Fancy Gap


  • 'Traffick Jam' walk to raise awareness of child trafficking

    A nationwide walk-a-thon aimed at stopping child sex trafficking in Southeast Asia and raise awareness of the problem in the United States will be held on Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Participants will walk 10 miles to raise funds to build a center for boys who have been trafficked in Southeast Asia. The walk will begin at Walmart and proceed down East Stuart Drive and Main Street in Galax, ending in Felts Park where the final six miles will be completed.

  • Burris to seek re-election

    Gary Burris has announced plans to seek another four-year term on the Grayson County School Board.
    Burris, who works at McAllister Mills in Independence, is in the fourth year of his first term.
    Two other seats are also open in the November election — Providence District, now held by Wynn Combs; and Oldtown District, now held by Hobert Bailey.

  • Hillsville could create housing rehab zone

    HILLSVILLE — Town Council will consider creating a revitalization area to encourage safe and affordable housing at its Monday meeting.
    State code gives localities the authority to create such zones to improve conditions that will meet the needs of low and moderate income persons.
    Larry Edwards owns apartments and has a site plan approved for work on two buildings, said Town Manager Larry South. To take advantage of Virginia Housing Development Authority incentives, the apartment complex needs to be in a revitalization zone.