Local News

  • Grayson puts brakes on Phase II school projects

    INDEPENDENCE — Red lights are flashing on more than school buses in the Grayson County Public School system, after county leaders halted the next phase of the school’s long-range facilities update plan.

    The decision Thursday is a continuing effort by the county to identify both short- and long-term financial threats, challenges and opportunities.

  • Public record for 1/27/10 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. 

    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in October in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • SCC approves 2% APCo surcharge

    For many customers of Appalachian Power Co. feeling knee-capped by their electric bills for December, news from the Virginia State Corporation Commission might feel like the addition of insult to injury.

    Specifically, the SCC announced last Thursday that it had approved an increase in an “environmental and reliability surcharge.”

    The amount approved is less than the increase first sought by Appalachian; the utility had agreed to the lesser amount in October.

  • Galax police warn of scams

    The Galax Police Department has received numerous complaints recently from citizens who have been the victims of Internet fraud. The police department advises that:

    • if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    • unsolicited offers to loan money at low-interest rates should be carefully considered.

    • reputable financial institutions normally do not contact prospective clients via unsolicited email.

  • Carroll emergency board faces changes

    HILLSVILLE — In the past, Carroll officials clarified that the county's Emergency Services Board cannot overturn the suspension of a volunteer without further action of the supervisors.

    At last Monday's meeting, the supervisors clarified all the duties of an ESB member.

    In fact, Carroll officials at their regular January meeting made several changes to the ESB's responsibility in an effort to clarify that group's mission for the county.

  • Winter Wonder

    FANCY GAP — While most people begrudge winter, cold weather crystallizes at least one thing that Terry and Diana Murphy find glorious to behold.

    Every time the temperature dips below 20 degrees, natural patterns of ice form on the windows of their home on Martha's Knob Road in Fancy Gap.

    The long streaks and the feathery fingers of ice look gorgeous. "I just know it's ice crystals," Murphy said. "And it's very pretty."

  • Man loses home to fire

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County man lost his home at 6742 Poplar Camp Road in a Monday morning fire.

    Emergency officials report that Delton Newman's home, a single-wide trailer that had been added on to, caught fire at about 8:47 a.m. Monday.

    Firefighters from Hillsville and Carroll Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and found the home ablaze upon their arrival.

    Emergency workers saw the owner on the road, and he told them no one was in the home. The owner also explained that he had built a fire and then gone outside.

    The home was a total loss.

  • Griffith may run for seat in 9th District

    RICHMOND — Republican delegate and Virginia House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith is considering a run for the U.S. House of Representatives seat held by Democrat Rick Boucher of Abingdon.

    Griffith said he has had conversations with people in the district and officials from the National Republican Congressional Committee about challenging Boucher, but is far from making a decision about seeking the seat in the November election.

  • Medicaid cuts looming for hospitals

    Providers could see sharp cuts in Medicaid payments at a time when the need is greater than ever before.

    Virginia's hospitals, such as Twin County Regional, are attempting the delicate balancing act of asking legislators to spare Medicaid from deep cuts, while acknowledging the state faces a significant budget shortfall of $4.2 billion.

    At stake are millions of dollars in payments that go to provide medical care for the poorest Virginians. And it comes at a time when Medicaid's rolls are at a record high.

  • Judge: Dove not guilty

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man charged with seven felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child has been found not guilty in Grayson Circuit Court.

    Grayson County Commonwealth's Attorney Douglas Vaught told The Gazette that David Dove was found not guilty in a bench trial after two full days of testimony.