Local News

  • Severe weather knocks out communications

    So far, the biggest way the Twin Counties seems to be affected by Wednesday's severe weather is by a communications breakdown.

    Comcast officials report that the storms took out its fiber optic center in Washington County, the same place where officials say the weather caused eight deaths.

    As a result, 23,000 of Comcast's Internet and phone customers are now without service.

    Storm damage and debris have slowed repairs to the point where Comcast officials have no estimate as to when customers can get their service back.

  • U.S. Treasury to retire paper checks for new recipients

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury is doing away with Social Security checks printed on paper for new recipients — millions of baby boomers and others applying for federal benefits.
    Beginning May 1, anyone newly applying for Social Security, Veterans Affairs or other federal benefits will need to choose an electronic payment method, because paper checks will no longer be an option.
    People currently receiving their federal benefits by paper check must switch to direct deposit by March 1, 2013.

  • Tornado watch for Galax, Carroll, Grayson
  • April is child abuse prevention month

    The Galax Department of Social Services and other organizations have been recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
    Child abuse includes physical harm, neglect, sexual abuse and emotional and mental maltreatment.
    Every eight days, a child dies from abuse or neglect.
    Every six days, a child aged 19 and younger is murdered.
    Every five hours, a family seeks shelter from a domestic violence program, but is denied because of lack of space.
    Every five hours, a child witnesses an act of domestic violence.

  • GHS student's death under investigation





    Students at Galax High School are mourning the loss of a beloved 18-year-old senior and mother of an infant son, who passed away at Twin County Regional Hospital on Monday morning.

  • Bartlett won't seek re-election




    INDEPENDENCE — Larry Bartlett has announced that he will not seek reelection as the Oldtown District representative on the Grayson Board of Supervisors in the November election.

  • VDOT: No money for Grayson roads

    INDEPENDENCE — Public hearings between the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Grayson Board of Supervisors have become more of a formality rather than actual discussions on the county’s six-year program in recent years, and this time was no different.
    Matthew Cox, representing the VDOT Bristol District, was on hand during the supervisors’ regular board meeting this month to hold the latest public hearing.

  • High interest in TCRH 'alliance' proposal


    Should Twin County Regional Hospital decide to align itself with a larger hospital system, it appears there will be no lack of interested parties.
    The Galax hospital is using a national consulting firm, Stroudwater Associates, to determine how it can best serve the community — either by remaining independent or aligning with a system.

  • Rain hasn't washed away possibility of drought


  • Town council to hold public hearing

    INDEPENDENCE — Town council has scheduled a public hearing for May 10 to take comments from citizens on the 2011-2012 budget.
    The hearing is set for 6:45 p.m. and will be held prior to council’s regular monthly meeting.
    The government budget is $1,308,532 and the utilities budget is $1,539,628.
    There is no tax or water/sewer rate increase proposed and the real estate tax will remain at 14.8 cents per $100 valuation. The personal property rate will remain at 63 cents per $100.