Local News

  • Food stamp usage highest ever in Galax

     The number of households receiving food stamps has reached an all-time high in Galax, said Susan Clark, director of the city's Department of Social Services. 

    Galax joins other cities around the nation, which are also setting records. According to a report from Bloomberg, “the number of Americans receiving food stamps rose to a record 41.8 million in July as the jobless rate hovered near a 27-year high,” setting a record.

    The report says that 43.3 million people will receive food stamps each month.

  • The Open Road

     HILLSVILLE — After a ribbon cutting — and moving the orange barrels lining the construction area — Virginia Department of Transportation officially added about 1.5 miles of four-lane highway to its system in Carroll County last Wednesday.

    Transportation officials joined with local representatives to celebrate the opening of the U.S. 58 bypass to U.S. 52 with a ribbon cutting and a short ride on the completed section.

  • No Social Security increase in 2011

    Monthly benefits for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income for more than 58 million Americans will not automatically increase in 2011, the Social Security Administration announced Friday.

    The Social Security Act provides for an automatic increase in benefits if there is an increase in the Consumer Price Index for wage earners from the third quarter of the last year that a cost-of-living adjustment was determined, to the third quarter of the current year.

  • Carroll debates RV parks, open space

     HILLSVILLE — Carroll supervisors showed themselves more open to preserving open space in clustering developments while reviewing elements of the subdivision ordinance Monday. 

    A little haggling, though, went on between open space's main proponent, Supervisor Tom Littrell, and other members of the board of supervisors and the planning commission, after their joint public hearing to consider other amendments to the ordinance.

  • Federal program to help Virginia homeowners

    Federal housing officials are planning to loan more than $46.6 million to help unemployed homeowners in Virginia.

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will use the agency's Emergency Loan Program to fund the loans. The program will provide assistance for up to 24 months for homeowners who lost their jobs or have a medical condition and are at risk of foreclosure.

    The program will be used along with other government programs and requires homeowners to meet certain qualifications.

  • Nice shot: Flu vaccine simpler than last year's



    What a difference a year makes.

    Last October, Virginians waited hours for vaccines and flooded doctors' offices with the sneezing and wheezing of the pandemic H1N1 virus, better known as swine flu.

    This fall, life on the influenza front is calmer and less complicated. Flu cases are barely on the radar screen, and there's plenty of vaccine to go around.

  • Organizers: Tragedy's centennial will be tasteful

    HILLSVILLE — The lead-up to the 1912 courthouse shootout that left five dead started out with seeming innocence at a corn shucking.

  • Carroll PSA tries to quell smell

    HILLSVILLE — Adding two chemical agents to the sewage system at Woodlawn may reduce the odor that residents have been experiencing, Carroll Public Service Authority officials hope.
    Several citizens attended September's PSA meeting to vent about the rotten egg smell that lingers over their neighborhood after the installation of the new sewer system.
    The hardest-hit area appears to near the intersection of Woodlawn Road and Grandview, not far from Woodlawn School.

  • Galax teen reported missing
  • Police investigate bomb threat at Walmart

    The Galax Police Department received a report at 4:49 p.m. today, Thursday, that a Walmart associate was told there was possibly a bomb located in the store.
    Galax police responded and the store was evacuated pending a search. Explosive canines were used to check the store.
    Galax police are seeking a white male, approximately 40 years old,  6’3” tall, wearing a faded red T-shirt and tan or khaki pants. The suspect was known to be located in the service desk area prior to communicating the threat.
    The store was cleared to reopen at 8:45 PM.