Local News

  • Lt. Gov. Bolling visits, brings gift

    Job creation is not just a concern, it is the top priority of this legislative session, said Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, Virginia's chief job creation officer, who visited with local officials and others at the Crossroads Institute on Tuesday to learn about local development and regional efforts in Grayson and Carroll counties and Galax.
    On a three-day trip across Southwest Virginia, Bolling said through his travels he has “been listening and learning to help get the economy moving again.”

  • Griffith wants debates with Boucher

    Republican congressional hopeful Morgan Griffith challenged incumbent U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher to a series of debates to take place in all 27 cities and counties in the 9th Congressional District.
    “The people deserve to hear their candidates for Congress debate so that they can make an informed decision on who is the best fit to serve them in Washington,” wrote Griffith, the Virginia House majority leader, in an open letter to Boucher that was also sent to news outlets.

  • Fries gets $1 million for downtown

    FRIES — The Fries Downtown Revitalization Project is among 24 projects in Virginia receiving a total of $12 million in funds from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
    The town will receive a grant of $1 million.

  • Water Authority told: Flouride bad for health

    A Sparta, N.C., man told members of the Va./N.C. Water Authority on June 10 that fluoride was listed as toxic in some studies and is harmful to your health.
    Tom Keepfer distributed information packets about the alleged hazards of fluoride. In some cases, he said, fluoride has led to deaths from poisoning.
    The Water Authority plans to use fluoride in the treatment of the water that will flow to customers from Sparta to Independence.

  • Grayson raises real estate tax levy

    INDEPENDENCE – To the displeasure of nearly a dozen citizens in attendance, the Grayson County board of supervisors approved a 44 percent increase in real estate taxes last Wednesday night after months of meetings and work sessions.
    Last week, the county administrator called the tax increase — part of a $20.5 million budget — “unavoidable,” as dozens of citizens turned out and spoke in protest of the change.

  • ARC co-chair visits Twin Counties

    The federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission visited the Crossroads Institute last week to hear the story of regional cooperation in the Twin Counties.

  • 'Save Green' expo a success

    INDEPENDENCE — Despite early misting rain and strong wind gusts, May 8 turned into a sunny day for the first "Save Green: Money & Energy" expo at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence.

  • Carnival to return after 2009 fiasco

    After suffering through one of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department's most embarrassing and revenue-deficient years, Chief David Hankley says the agency plans to bring some changes to the annual July Fourth week carnival, slated for June 29-July 3.

  • Carroll keeps tax rates the same

    HILLSVILLE — The tax rates remain the same for Carroll taxpayers after the county supervisors approved the $72.5 million budget.
    That includes a $32.8 million budget for the general fund, plus the previously approved $39.6 million for the schools, according to information from county officials.
    Supervisor David Hutchins made the budget motion to adopt the tax rates and approve the budget.
    The supervisors approved the budget unanimously.

  • United Way agencies face deep cuts

    Twin County United Way, like so many charitable organizations nationally, has fallen victim to sharply reduced contributions as the regional economy continues to sputter.
    TCUW’s most recent fund-raising campaign, which ended March 31, fell more than 50 percent shy of its $215,000 goal due to losses in fundraisers, donors and the decline in jobs.
    As a result, the charity has had to reduce by 25 percent — or $20,000 — its funding to 26 Twin County community agencies it supports, and dipped into reserves to keep from having to make even deeper cuts.