Local News

  • Budget balances without tax hike

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County has managed to balance its budget without a tax or fee increase for the second straight year.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet said the words supervisors and citizens alike wanted to hear during the board of supervisor’s final work session last Wednesday night — “we have a balanced budget.”
    After countless hours of meetings and adjustments, supervisors managed to close a nearly half-million-dollar deficit without increasing costs to citizens during increasingly tough economic times.

  • Autopsy shows man died of farm-related injuries

    HILLSVILLE — Police now characterize the death of a 54-year-old Woodlawn man as the result of a farm accident, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    A search began for Claude Gardner (no relation to the sheriff) after family members reported him missing June 5. The search was called off after midnight due to bad weather to resume the next morning.
    But family members found Gardner’s body in a creek on his farm, about a quarter-mile from his home on Woodlawn Road at about 7 a.m. on June 6, before the searchers returned.

  • Republican primary is Tuesday

    A statewide Republican primary on Tuesday will select a nominee for U.S. Senate for the Nov. 6 election.
    Polls will be open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Four candidates are on the ballot for the U.S. Senate seat: former Sen. George Allen of Mount Vernon; Del. R.G. “Bob” Marshall of Manassas; Tea Party candidate and pastor Earl W. Jackson of Chesapeake; and Jamie L. Radtke of Chesterfield County, a first-time political candidate and Tea Party leader.

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  • Life Center of Galax expansion underway

    Life Center of Galax launched a major expansion last week, breaking ground for the construction of a new three-story patient dormitory, to include detox and medical units, a new dining room and serving facilities, therapeutic group rooms, a lecture hall, a new lobby and admissions offices, a patient courtyard and patient lounge space.
    The addition to the facility will expand the facility on Painter Street in Galax, its grounds and parking areas.

  • Caregiver charged with abuse


    INDEPENDENCE — A 49-year-old Galax woman has been charged in connection with the alleged abuse of an incapacitated adult in her care.
    On April 27, Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted Melanie Melinda Melton of Longview Lane on one charge of abuse or neglect of incapacitated adult, which is a class 4 felony. The indictment was sealed.

  • Budget concerns don't translate to action

    Listening to the talk from people on the street and reading comments on message boards, social media and in the newspaper, it would appear that many Galax citizens feel strongly about the city’s proposal to raise taxes to balance its 2012-2013 budget.
    However, those concerns did not translate into participation in two public hearings held last week.
    Galax City Council held hearings at its May 28 meeting on both the city budget and the schools budget.
    No citizens spoke at either one.

  • 911 caller said murder suspect was covered in blood


  • Resident opposes 620 widening plan