Local News

  • Civil War 150 Legacy Project to visit Galax

    The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the Library of Virginia have partnered to create a state-wide online collection of original Civil War manuscripts that still remain in private hands.
    The Civil War 150 Legacy Project: Document Digitization and Access focuses on manuscript materials created during the period 1859-1867 that reflect social, political, military, business and religious life in Virginia during the period of the Civil War and the early period of Reconstruction.

  • Senate panel shoots down Sunday hunting bill


  • Former deputy challenges sheriff in Grayson


  • Burnett to run for Grayson sheriff


  • Armstrong: end state's dependence on foreign oil

    RICHMOND — Virginia should eliminate use of foreign oil in state government-owned vehicles, says House Bill 2113.
    In another sign the search for alternative fuels continues to gain momentum, Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Henry County) introduced two bills with different paths to wean both the state's fleet and private trucks off imported oil.
    The second bill, numbered 2109, would direct the state to provide a tax credit of up to $3,500 for trucks to be converted to using natural gas as fuel.

  • Gun laws targeted from both sides

    RICHMOND — It’s one of the most heated debates of our time: Would fewer guns equal fewer killings, or is it just the opposite?
    In the shadow of the recent shootings in Arizona, the argument is as contentious as ever. Both sides came to the capital last week to air their starkly different views to lawmakers.

  • Legislators: 'Internet cafes' are same as gambling

    RICHMOND — If Internet sweepstakes cafes use a gambling device for games, then that business probably promotes gambling, according to a bill before the General Assembly.
    Three legislators have submitted identical bills to answer the sudden influx of Internet sweepstakes cafes in Virginia — Carroll County alone now has five of the businesses.

    Legislators from Harrisonburg, Front Royal and Newport News have weighed in with clarifications on what entails illegal gambling in the state.

  • Water project construction bid awarded

    HILLSVILLE — The Sylvatus-Mitchell's Crossroads water extension will begin to tap overflow monies from other projects soon, after the Carroll Public Service Authority awarded a construction bid Jan. 13.
    Carroll officials and Rural Development's Travis Jackson gathered in Sylvatus in spring 2010 to share the news that cost savings in other projects would cover the costs of extending public water service to the communities of Sylvatus and Mitchell's Crossroads.
    About eight months later, the public service authority held a bid opening Jan. 6.

  • Grant would provide emergency animal shelter

    The City of Galax is seeking a grant that would allow for the purchase of a cargo trailer and equipment to shelter and transport pets during natural and man-made disasters.
    Brenda Marrah, the city's grant administer, identified the $31,000 grant from Homeland Security that would pay for a 7-by-16-foot cargo trailer with a small generator, 70 kennels and supplies.
    The grant, which requires no local matching funds, would require two more localities to partner with Galax. The city will act as the lead partner with Carroll and Grayson counties participating.

  • 3-way races emerge from primary filings

    HILLSVILLE — Two three-way races for constitutional offices and a contested county supervisors' race highlight the Carroll County Republican Primary.
    Three candidates — law enforcement officers all — had already indicated their intention to seek the party nomination for sheriff through the upcoming preferential primary in May.