Local News

  • Stormwater fee no longer part of city's budget plan

    Galax City Manager Keith Barker is confident that the 2014-2015 city budget will allow the city to move forward with a number of projects next fiscal year, without placing the burden of added fees or raised taxes on the community.
    A notable example in this year’s budget was the city stormwater program.
    The state-mandated program was introduced last year, and city officials believed the only way to pay for work to address these flooding and run-off problems was to charge citizens a stormwater fee.

  • Governor amends bills to add catch

    RICHMOND — In the shadow of the ongoing budget showdown, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has been busy signing deadline bills — with a twist.
    The Democratic governor has quietly amended at least 11 bills — mostly Republican — so they wouldn’t take effect until Virginia has a budget, an assertion of authority by McAuliffe.

  • Man treated for gunshot wound

    HILLSVILLE — A 39-year-old Cana man was injured Sunday when his gun accidentally went off, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.
    Sgt. Bobby Lyons responded to a home in Cana on a call reporting a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the evening hours, according to a news release.
    “[Lyons] arrived and spoke with victim, sitting on the front porch, who said he was attempting to clean his handgun. It went off, striking him in the left leg.”

  • Greene runs for sixth council term

    After 20 years of service to the community as a member of the Galax City Council, Vice Mayor Willie Greene has decided to run for a sixth term.
    He is one of five candidates — four incumbents and one newcomer — competing for four available seats this year. Election day is May 6.

  • Governor vetoes school prayer bill

    RICHMOND — Legislation codifying public school students’ rights to engage in religious activities at school, and let them express their views at school events and ceremonies, has been vetoed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
    The legislation was introduced by Rep. Sen. Bill Carrico. (R-Grayson County.)

  • River North prison now at full capacity


  • Database chronicles history of local veterans

    The organizing committee for the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial and American Legion Post #245, in partnership with ProNets Business Computer Solutions, have launched a free database chronicling the history of the area’s veterans.

  • Tate, Walls seek Sulphur Springs seat in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — A former Sulphur Springs representative and mayor has challenged the incumbent for the northwestern ward of Hillsville Town Council in the municipal elections May 6.
    In an echo of previous contests, Bill Tate will try to unseat incumbent Billy Walls Sr. — though in the past their positions were reversed.

    Bill Tate
    Tate indicated that he wanted to run for town council because Hillsville has an image problem.
    Tate didn’t say that Walls was a part of what he sees as bad for the town.

  • Virginia Produce incident cause still unknown

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia Produce officials say they have hired an environmental firm to continue to investigate what sickened workers there on April 1, according to a company news release.
    Several employees got headaches and felt nauseous all at once at around 12:30 p.m. at the company’s Carroll County Industrial Park facility.

  • Carr to challenge Griffith in 9th District

    ARARAT — Former Congressional candidate William Carr of Patrick County has announced that he will challenge Rep. Morgan Griffith in the Virginia 9th District Congressional race in November.
    Carr and Griffith were among the six candidates seeking nomination at the 2010 Republican primary for the U.S. House of Representatives seat.