Local News

  • Jett seeking fourth term on board


  • Social Security announces 3.6% benefit increase

    Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 60 million Americans will increase 3.6 percent in 2012, the Social Security Administration announced.
    The 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment will begin with benefits that nearly 55 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2012.
    Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on Dec. 30, 2011.

  • Falls a leading, but preventable, danger to seniors

    We usually think of our home as the safest place to be, but the home is the most common location where people take a fatal fall, according to Senior Helpers, a group that helps seniors who wish to live at home.
    Each week, more than 30,000 Americans over the age of 65 are seriously injured from a fall. Nearly a third of those who survive that fall will live with injuries that will affect their independence the rest of their lives.
    The fall season is the time of year to promote Fall Prevention Awareness.

  • Event will benefit Hope House

    A benefit spaghetti dinner and auction for the Hope House homeless shelter in Galax will be held Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the Galax Elks Lodge.

    All proceeds will benefit the shelter.

  • Former CEO faces charges in Grayson and N.C.

    INDEPENDENCE — A Crumpler, N.C., man charged with embezzlement in Ashe County, N.C., and Grayson County, had his trial continued in Ashe County Superior Court on Oct. 3.
    Joe Weddington, 63 — the former CEO of the now-closed Independence Homes LLC — was charged in February with six counts of embezzlement in Ashe County.
    Weddington also was indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on embezzlement and money laundering charges.

  • United Way focuses on lasting impact in community


  • Candidate events scheduled

  • McCraw challenges McMillian for seat

    Voters in the Fancy Gap District have a choice of Republican challenger Phil McCraw or incumbent Manus McMillian, a Democrat, for supervisor when they go to the polls in November.

    Phil McCraw
    With reliable help to manage Virginia 500 Fruit Market in Cana, where he’s worked since 1970 and which he has owned since 1987, Phil McCraw says now is the time to run for supervisor and get directly involved in Carroll County government.
    He doesn’t like the direction the county’s been going recently.

  • Fancy Gap water bid awarded


  • Ex-cons seek second chances

    Since he was released from jail in 2009 after being incarcerated for drug distribution and other crimes, Jimmy Peak has been trying to turn his life around.
    He has a job, attends church and lives on his own, but he faces a slew of obstacles that come with being an ex-convict.
    Dressed in suit and tie, Peak told those attending a Galax community meeting on Friday about the challenges he’s faced in putting his life back together.