Local News

  • No middle ground on future of Fancy Gap


  • 'Traffick Jam' walk to raise awareness of child trafficking

    A nationwide walk-a-thon aimed at stopping child sex trafficking in Southeast Asia and raise awareness of the problem in the United States will be held on Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Participants will walk 10 miles to raise funds to build a center for boys who have been trafficked in Southeast Asia. The walk will begin at Walmart and proceed down East Stuart Drive and Main Street in Galax, ending in Felts Park where the final six miles will be completed.

  • Burris to seek re-election

    Gary Burris has announced plans to seek another four-year term on the Grayson County School Board.
    Burris, who works at McAllister Mills in Independence, is in the fourth year of his first term.
    Two other seats are also open in the November election — Providence District, now held by Wynn Combs; and Oldtown District, now held by Hobert Bailey.

  • Hillsville could create housing rehab zone

    HILLSVILLE — Town Council will consider creating a revitalization area to encourage safe and affordable housing at its Monday meeting.
    State code gives localities the authority to create such zones to improve conditions that will meet the needs of low and moderate income persons.
    Larry Edwards owns apartments and has a site plan approved for work on two buildings, said Town Manager Larry South. To take advantage of Virginia Housing Development Authority incentives, the apartment complex needs to be in a revitalization zone.

  • Galax plans animal shelter renovations


  • IDA co-signs loan on Fancy Gap utilities

    HILLSVILLE — For the Fancy Gap water and sewer projects, the Carroll Public Service Authority has enlisted a co-signer for federal loans — the Industrial Development Authority.
    Carroll officials received word in 2009 of more than $8 million in loans and grants to pay for the utility work in Fancy Gap.
    The funds for Fancy Gap will pay for construction of 13 miles of wastewater lines to serve 65 homes and businesses, 13 miles of water lines to connect to 190 homes and businesses and a 200,000 gallon storage tank.

  • Redrawing Va.'s political lines — what does it mean?

    Every 10 years, state legislators redraw the boundaries for state House, Senate and congressional districts in Virginia to take into account population shifts revealed by the U.S. Census.
    The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that political districts should have roughly equal populations so voters have the same amount of influence no matter where they live — a principle known as “one person, one vote.”

  • Redistricting plans meet resistance


  • Grayson hires finance director

    INDEPENDENCE — Leesa Gayheart has been named Grayson County’s first finance director, County Administrator Jonathan Sweet announced on March 29.
    Gayheart, a Grayson resident, is well-known in the area, working in administration at the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department since December 1996. Prior to that, she worked as an administrative assistant for Grayson County Public Schools.

  • Town water customers could get soaked

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville’s town manager is apologizing to customers for increases in water and sewer rates recommended in the 2012 budget.
    Larry South indicated that he wished it were otherwise, but Hillsville needs to make rate adjustments in light of the facts.