Local News

  • Five running for four seats on city council

    Four seats on Galax City Council are up for re-election this year, with five people in the running to fill them.
    The incumbents holding those seats all plan to run again, according to information from the State Board of Elections. They include Margo Crouse, John Garner, Willie Greene and C.M. Mitchell. They will be joined on the ballot in the May 5 election by political newcomer Ches Helmick, a financial planner at Edward Jones in downtown Galax.
    In the city, candidates are all at-large and do not represent any particular district or ward.

  • Crowder to seek another term as mayor

    HILLSVILLE — Three incumbents on Hillsville Town Council will face three challengers in races for the mayor’s office and two ward seats, according to information from the Carroll Voter’s Registration office.
    Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to file qualifying paperwork for May’s municipal ballots, and six met the requirements, in all.
    For mayor, Greg Crowder will seek re-election, this time challenged by Billie Taylor.

  • Supervisor says change leaves citizens unprotected

    HILLSVILLE — Proposed changes to the subdivision ordinance won’t provide necessary protections to Carroll County citizens’ life, health and safety, said a lone holdout county supervisor during a Feb. 10 meeting.
    Josh Hendrick, the Laurel Fork representative on the board of supervisors, voted against setting a public hearing on a new version of the subdivision ordinance due to what he saw as its flaws.

  • Bill pushes for training center options

    RICHMOND — Supporters of Virginia’s training centers for the intellectually and developmentally disabled take as a hopeful sign an amendment to Senate Bill 627.
    Though proposals that specifically sought to keep four training centers from closing in the future failed, the Senate bill meant to protect residents from being transferred to facilities with inferior care may end up providing further protections for the centers.

  • City passes law allowing golf carts on streets

    A draft ordinance to allow golf carts on city streets in downtown Galax has been approved and put into action by Galax City Council.
    The final decision was made to approve the ordinance after a public hearing on Feb. 24.
    The ordinance will allow the carts to travel on 70 different 25 mph roads within the city limits — including many downtown areas such as Main, Oldtown and Grayson streets — from April 1 through Oct. 31 each year.
    According to the ordinance, several other steps are required in order to legally operate a golf cart in the city:

  • Bills could have impact on lives of Virginians


    House bill targets mail-order drugs

  • Grayson finances go from 'almost broke' to stable

    INDEPENDENCE — After being declared “almost broke” in 2009, Grayson County’s financial health improved to stable condition in 2013, according to an auditor’s report presented during the board of supervisors’ February meeting.
    The most telling example: County Administrator Jonathan Sweet said that in 2010, Grayson only had enough money to last one day in its operating reserves. In 2013, reserves could have lasted the county up to two months.

  • Veto likely for student prayer protection bill

    Legislation aimed at ensuring students’ right to pray and engage in other religious expression at school has passed the General Assembly, but not by sufficient margins to overcome a promised veto by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
    State Sen. Bill Carrico’s bill passed the House of Delegates on a 64-34 vote on Feb. 26. It had earlier cleared the Senate, 20-18. Neither vote is enough to override a veto, which requires a two-thirds majority.

  • Three now filed for Hillsville ballot

    HILLSVILLE — An incumbent for the Laurel Fork ward of Hillsville Town Council will also appear on the May municipal ballot, according to the Carroll County General Registrar’s Office.
    Greg Yonce turned in his petitions last week to seek re-election.
    He joins Sulphur Springs incumbent Billy Walls, who is also seeking re-election, and mayoral candidate Billie Taylor.
    Tuesday at 7 p.m. is the last time that candidates can file to qualify for the spring election, the registrar’s office says.

  • Legislators postpone 'Andrew's Law' until 2015

    RICHMOND — The work to protect state “Samaritan” workers by strengthening the penalties against reckless drivers has ended until the 2015 session of the General Assembly, say family members of a Virginia State Police trooper killed in the line of duty.
    Trooper Andrew David Fox died Oct. 5, 2012, of injuries sustained when he was struck by Angelica Valencia’s car. Fox was directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair near Richmond.