Local News

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  • APCo files to collect costs


  • Oracle trial postponed

    The Oracle Institute's religious discrimination case against Grayson County will not be heard Thursday and Friday as scheduled. Grayson County Administrator Jonathon Sweet says the trial has been postponed due to the death of Supervisor Mike Maynard's father. No new date has been set.

  • Grayson ended year in red

    INDEPENDENCE — Looks can be deceiving, and a brief look at Grayson County’s finances at the end of the 2009-10 fiscal year made it appear that the county was in good shape.
    But the county’s auditor — Diana Cox, a CPA from Robinson, Farmer and Cox — left no doubt that the county was actually in the red as of June 30, 2010.
    Quickly going over the numbers, Cox explained during the board of supervisor’s regular meeting earlier this month that the county’s debt per capita has increased sharply over the last five years.

  • Carroll official: No politics in redistricting


  • Senate splits Twin Counties among three districts

    The Virginia Senate passed a revised redistricting plan Thursday that gained bipartisan support but divides the Twin Counties among three state Senate districts.
    The plan dramatically realigns the district represented by Republican Sen. Bill Stanley of Franklin County so that the 19th District will extend from Carroll County to Bedford County and include Salem and territory in Roanoke and Montgomery counties.
    Galax and a portion of Carroll County will fall into the 20th District represented now by Sen. Roscoe Reynolds, D-Henry County.

  • Storms largely spare Twin Counties

    Last Wednesday’s ferocious storms that killed four in Washington County had many less negative effects on the Twin Counties, though it did knock out power and communication services here.
    Many homes and businesses, including The Gazette, found that Internet and phones services were down in the aftermath of the storms that spawned tornados across the South.
    Any customer of Comcast could not connect because the same weather event that left a swath of destruction in the Glade Spring community also impacted the cable company’s fiber optic hub there.

  • 6 Republicans seek nomination in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — In the Carroll Republican primary, the lone challenge to an incumbent on the county board of supervisors will be in the Laurel Fork District.
    There, incumbent Andy Jackson and newcomer Joshua Hendrick will both seek the nomination in the preferential primary May 21.
    Two other currently serving Republican supervisors will seek re-election: Tom Littrell in the Pipers Gap District and David Hutchins in Sulphur Springs.

  • Tax increase proposed for Galax

    Galax City Council and the city manager have proposed a real estate tax increase and changes to the city’s commercial Dumpster service to balance the proposed $13.83 million budget for fiscal year 2012.
    That total is up 5 percent from last year’s $13.16 million.
    The utility fund revenue is at $2.83 million, down by 26 percent.

  • 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.