Local News

  • Rec center raises money for new bus

    The Galax Recreation Center will host a “Buy the Bus” indoor yard sale Saturday in conjunction with the Lord's Acre Sale at Felts Park, in an effort to raise $50,000 to buy a new 15-passenger activity bus to be used for seniors and children.
    The 1998 transit bus being used to take seniors and children on trips has more than 100,000 miles on it.

  • Boucher uses campaign funds to buy new car

    U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher spent nearly $30,000 in campaign funds to buy a crossover SUV last fall. Now his opponents in the 9th Congressional District race are trying to get their own mileage out of it.
    The expense appeared in a fourth quarter 2009 report Boucher filed with the Federal Election Commission, along with several vehicle-related maintenance costs in the months since then.

  • Carroll hires new emergency services director

    HILLSVILLE — The new Carroll County emergency services director has served as both a volunteer and paid member in fire and rescue work, as a fire chief, and headed emergency services in South Carolina.
    James “Mike” Mock Jr., of Pawleys Island, S.C., started transition Sept. 7 as successor to Joe Roma, who had been in the Carroll position for five years.

  • Plan ahead for natural, man-made disasters

    INDEPENDENCE — Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared September as National Preparedness Month, a time to encourage taking simple steps to prepare for emergencies in our homes, businesses and communities.
    Preparing for emergencies is something that every citizen should consider, the proclamation states, and the Grayson County Board of Supervisors heartily endorsed the measure during a meeting Sept. 9.

  • Airport commission to discuss Wildwood project

    The Twin County Airport Commission will hold a meeting on Monday at 1 p.m. at the Crossroads
    Institute in Galax.
    This meeting is being held to discuss the future
    development of the airport, with regards to the Wildwood development area near the Airport at Exit 19, in particular the lengthening of the runway.
    Some representatives will be present to detail the steps involved with a project of this magnitude.

  • That's not change in the air in Woodlawn...

    HILLSVILLE — There is a pall lingering over Woodlawn that some residents fear might impact health and property values, they told the Carroll Public Service Authority Monday.
    The rotten-egg stench became a problem soon after the Woodlawn sewer system went online. Residents report fighting the stink, to no avail, with air fresheners and others said they can't sleep and can no longer stand to eat at home due to the stomach-turning stench.

  • Building Enthusiasm

    HILLSVILLE — Students, educators, churches and community members will build a new home on a foundation laid by organizers of the Greater Carroll County Chapter of the Fuller Center for Housing.

  • Galax offers citizens prescription discount program

    The City of Galax will soon introduce a program providing its residents with a new tool that can provide some relief from the high cost of prescriptions.
    The city is making free prescription drug discount cards available to all city residents through a program sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC). The discount cards offer average savings of 20 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.
    The cards will be available on Oct. 12. A future announcement will provide information on how and when residents may obtain them.

  • Immigrants can no longer use employment papers to get driver's license

    Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles will no longer accept a federal employment document provided to immigrants as proof of legal presence as part of an application for a state driver’s license or identification card.
    That mandate from Gov. Bob McDonnell comes amid concerns about whether the document reflects a person’s status in the country.
    In a statement, the governor’s office said that an individual can possess that work authorization form even if deportation is pending.

  • Red Cross helping fire victims

    Red Cross disaster workers were called to an evening fire at The Pine Crest Apartments on South Main Street in Galax on Aug. 29 to assist families affected by the event.
    Sharon Burns of the Wood’s River Chapter of the American Red Cross said the agency was alerted that seven families housed in the 13-unit complex were in need of shelter, food and clothing.
    According to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley, the department sent five trucks and 30 firefighters to the call and found heavy fire showing from a single ground floor apartment.