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  • Fries employees will lose health insurance

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    FRIES — Four full-time Fries employees will lose their health insurance effective June 1.
    At the Feb. 7 Fries Town Council meeting, Vice Mayor Nancy Hawks made a motion  — due, she said, to the town’s financial situation  — to eliminate all town employees’ health insurance and to supplement each employee's salary by $250 per month.
    Even with the pay increase, the elimination of health insurance would save the town $18,000 a year.

  • If Virginia's gas tax is so low, why are fuel prices so high?

    Follow the money.
    When it comes to Virginia’s gasoline tax, that’s one foggy trail.
    A debate about the state’s gas tax has triggered a fresh round of questions:
    Why hasn’t the tax — a key source of road money — been raised in 25 years, a time span exceeded only by Alaska?
    And why, if Virginia has the seventh-lowest gas tax in the nation, are our pump prices in the middle of the pack?
    The answers are more relevant than ever.

  • Tax increase won't replace trash fee in Grayson

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The controversial trash fee was a topic of discussion at the Grayson County Board of Supervisors’ budget work session this month.
    Chairman David Sexton made a motion to discontinue the fee-to-tax approach for revenue collection as previously discussed, and to discontinue the coupon system and the collection-site approach for solid waste collection services.
    Mike Maynard seconded the motion, which passed by a unanimous vote.

  • Galax police reach out to at-risk youth

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark says he is still haunted by a young man who fell through the cracks of society, despite efforts to help him turn his life around.
    A kid full of potential, he unfortunately got involved with drugs and ended up in prison.
    Troubled youth like this are the people that the Galax Police Department and other Galax agencies hope to help over the next two years with a $250,000 grant to create mentoring and apprenticeship programs.

  • Laurel Fork accepting donations

    LAUREL FORK — Storm relief supplies for tornado-ravaged Kentucky and Indiana will leave from the Laurel Fork Fire Department March 26.

    Violent storms recently killed dozens in the Midwest, concentrated in the Bluegrass and the Hoosier states, and members of the Laurel Fork community have decided that they want to help, said organizer Butch Coleman.

  • Crowder, Tate run for Hillsville mayor

     

    HILLSVILLE — Businessman Greg Crowder will challenge incumbent Bill Tate for the office of mayor in May’s upcoming municipal elections in Hillsville.
    Other upcoming races for council seats include newcomer Phyllis Lackey challenging incumbent Ed Terry in the Pine Creek ward, as well as newcomer David Young vying with incumbent Orba Alderman in the Pipers Gap Ward.

  • Court escapee in custody

     

  • Grayson to explore Sunday alcohol sales

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors will attempt to change an ordinance that has been in effect since Sept. 16, 1940.
    Oldtown District Supervisor Kenneth Belton told the board at its March 8 meeting that he had been contacted by several business owners in the county about the sale of beer and wine on Sunday.

  • Land transfer would help department get new fire truck

     

  • Galax man is Virginia Lottery winner