Local News

  • Honoring a postal worker's courage

    A Galax postal employee who endured a hostage situation at the Wytheville Post Office while acting supervisor last December has been honored by the U.S. Postal Service for her courage under duress.
    Marjorie Austin Crockett was honored Nov. 30 at a special ceremony by postal officials as a result of her actions during a nine-hour hostage standoff last Dec. 23 that made national news.

  • Investigation rules out foul play in baby's death

    Autopsy results have been received by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department for a month-old infant who died July 16.
    Chief Deputy Mike Hash said the cause of death was listed as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as “crib death.”
    The autopsy was performed at the state Medical Examiner’s office in Roanoke.

  • Plan would protect farming

    CANA — Carroll County farmers can continue to farm their land, even if the proposed comprehensive plan shows them in the planned growth area, a Virginia Cooperative Extension agent told a gathering at the Cana Fire Department last Tuesday.

  • 300 turn out to protest taxes

    INDEPENDENCE — Nearly 300 Grayson County taxpayers braved torrential downpours and frigid temperatures to protest the county's 2010 tax increase during a citizens' meeting Nov. 30.
    While the meeting was supposed to be one where citizens voiced ideas and shared information about the county's real estate assessment and taxation process, a majority of those in attendance focused more on voicing their complaints.
    They believe the 2010 reassessments were inaccurate.

  • Property sold to avoid conflict

    INDEPENDENCE — Two county administrators have sold off their interest in a rental property on Airport Road, citing a desire to avoid any conflicts of interest with the regional commerce park known as Wildwood.

  • Localities recycle 29.8% of waste

    A real newspaper — instead of the online version you're reading now — is one of the many items we toss in the trash every day that could be reused.
    If you take a newspaper to one of the numerous recycling drop-off sites in the Twin Counties, it will be shipped to a recycling plant, where it will be doused in warm water and chemicals to remove the ink.
    The resulting mush will then be bleached, squeezed, dried and pressed into a new form of newsprint that, one day, will wind up in another reader's hands.

  • Trees disappear from Christmas tree farm

    HILLSVILLE - Joy Ranch officials are praying for the thieves that stole an estimated $2,600 Christmas trees or more over the weekend - however Grinch-like those thieves may be.
    The first Bible verse that occurred to Joy Ranch employee Sandra Farris after hearing of the Sunday theft from the Dixon's tree farm outside of Galax was Psalm 10:15: "Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; call him to account for his wickedness that would not be found out."
    She had a second thought after that.

  • Is plan too much or not enough?

    HILLSVILLE — Some speakers thought the final draft of Carroll's comprehensive plan smacked of totalitarian controls, while others recommended the county officials assert more control over growth and development.

    A few even recommended that it's time to think about adding zoning to the mix.

    Phil McCraw, owner of Virginia 500 Fruit Market in Cana, compared Carroll's proposed comprehensive plan to the United Nation's Agenda 21 environmental initiative that began in 1992.

  • Carroll will keep out of real estate reassessment

    HILLSVILLE — When it comes to Carroll's next real estate reassessment, county officials will take a more hands-off approach.

    The Carroll supervisors, at their Nov. 11 meeting, approved advertising a request for proposals seeking reassessment services.

    The reassessment that came out in 2008 was done in-house.

    County officials have calculated a cost of $312,500 for the required reassessment, spread out over two years.

  • Citizens fighting flouride

    Alleghany County citizens made it plain to the Virginia-Carolina Water Authority last week — they don't want fluoride in their water.

    They cited health concerns with adding fluoride, which is aimed at promoting dental health.

    A regional water system is under construction to provide water to the towns of Independence and Sparta, N.C., and Grayson and Alleghany counties. The Water Authority is made up of eight members representing the four jurisdictions.