Local News

  • Town chosen for revitalization project

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence is one of seven communities in the 13-state Appalachian Region selected to receive federal technical assistance under the Livable Communities program.
    Few details are available, but federal and town officials were expected to announce more about the project on Tuesday.

  • Long-simmering issues boil over at Hillsville Town Council meeting

    HILLSVILLE — Since the beginning of the race for town mayor began last year, Hillsville had been stewing with long-held resentments, often vague accusations of wrongdoing by officials and rumors that political challengers would “clean house” in the town office if elected.
    Those issues came to a boil Monday night as a crowd gathered in Hillsville Town Hall, filling the council meeting room and spilling out into hallways, the lobby and the sidewalks.

  • Allen wins Virginia GOP primary

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    As expected, former governor and senator George Allen coasted to victory in a low-turnout primary Tuesday, earning the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat he lost in 2006.
    Allen had strong support in the Twin Counties, where he won a combined 84.2 percent of the vote in a four-way race and far outpaced his statewide share of 66 percent.

  • City tax increases take effect July 1

    Increases to the meals, lodging, personal property, real estate and machinery and tools taxes will take effect July 1, after Galax City Council approved the 2013 budget on Monday.
    The meals tax will increase from 5 to 7.5 percent; real estate tax from 62¢ to 67¢ per $100; personal property tax from $1.58 to $2.25 per $100; machinery and tools tax from $1.42 to $1.50 per $100; and lodging tax from 5 to 8 percent.

  • Supervisors air concerns over communication

    HILLSVILLE — How the members of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors work together became a major topic at Monday’s county board meeting, as officials tried to talk matters out.
    The nearly hour-long discussion arose from Pine Creek Supervisor Bob Martin’s assertions that information hasn’t been shared with him like it has been with other elected county officials.
    Chairman Sam Dickson started off the conversation at the regular June meeting after adding a “code of ethics” agenda item.

  • Drivers bypass new road in Hillsville


  • UPDATED: Town manager, police chief resign posts


  • Independence woman killed in crash


  • Budget balances without tax hike

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County has managed to balance its budget without a tax or fee increase for the second straight year.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet said the words supervisors and citizens alike wanted to hear during the board of supervisor’s final work session last Wednesday night — “we have a balanced budget.”
    After countless hours of meetings and adjustments, supervisors managed to close a nearly half-million-dollar deficit without increasing costs to citizens during increasingly tough economic times.

  • Autopsy shows man died of farm-related injuries

    HILLSVILLE — Police now characterize the death of a 54-year-old Woodlawn man as the result of a farm accident, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    A search began for Claude Gardner (no relation to the sheriff) after family members reported him missing June 5. The search was called off after midnight due to bad weather to resume the next morning.
    But family members found Gardner’s body in a creek on his farm, about a quarter-mile from his home on Woodlawn Road at about 7 a.m. on June 6, before the searchers returned.