Local News

  • Family of 11 loses home to fire

    INDEPENDENCE — The family of James and Kim Peterson expressed their gratitude for all the support from the community following a fire that destroyed their home on the night of Oct. 10.

    Sue Worley, Kim Peterson’s mother, said the family was at an Independence restaurant eating supper when the fire started at about 7:30 p.m.

    A neighbor smelled smoke and called James Peterson on his cell phone.

  • Galax plans road projects

    Adjustments to the Glendale Road/East Stuart Drive intersection, located near Subway restaurant in Galax, should be complete October 2011, Galax City Manager Keith Barker told city council at its Oct. 11 meeting. 

    Barker met with Dan Huff of Hillsville's Virginia Department of Transportation office to discuss the state of projects within the city. The largest project listed is for improvements to the intersection at Glendale Road/East Stuart Drive, which is estimated to cost $2.6 million. 

  • Amendments will be on ballot

     Virginia voters will be asked to vote on three constitutional amendments Nov. 2.

    The topics cover property tax relief, property tax relief for veterans with a 100 percent service-connected disability, and increasing the size of Virginia’s “rainy day fund”

  • 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.