Local News

  • Police: burglar caught in the act in Galax


  • Grayson to hold hearing on Sunday alcohol sales

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. April 12 to hear comments concerning a proposed amendment to the county’s Sunday beer and wine sales ordinance.
    The ordinance, in place for more than 70 years, prohibits the sale of beer and wine on Sundays.
    Supervisors have discussed lifting the ban at business owners’ request.
    According to Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control retail license records, the ordinance affects eight county businesses.

  • Tourism, recreation jobs could combine

    HILLSVILLE — Hiring one new employee to oversee both Carroll tourism and recreation is about reaching out, county officials say.
    It’s about outreach to new segments of Carroll citizens and to people who may want to visit the county and participate in local events, according to Assistant Administrator Nikki Shank.
    There’s also a practical benefit, such as having only one department head instead of two.

  • Fries employees will lose health insurance


    FRIES — Four full-time Fries employees will lose their health insurance effective June 1.
    At the Feb. 7 Fries Town Council meeting, Vice Mayor Nancy Hawks made a motion  — due, she said, to the town’s financial situation  — to eliminate all town employees’ health insurance and to supplement each employee's salary by $250 per month.
    Even with the pay increase, the elimination of health insurance would save the town $18,000 a year.

  • If Virginia's gas tax is so low, why are fuel prices so high?

    Follow the money.
    When it comes to Virginia’s gasoline tax, that’s one foggy trail.
    A debate about the state’s gas tax has triggered a fresh round of questions:
    Why hasn’t the tax — a key source of road money — been raised in 25 years, a time span exceeded only by Alaska?
    And why, if Virginia has the seventh-lowest gas tax in the nation, are our pump prices in the middle of the pack?
    The answers are more relevant than ever.

  • Tax increase won't replace trash fee in Grayson


    INDEPENDENCE — The controversial trash fee was a topic of discussion at the Grayson County Board of Supervisors’ budget work session this month.
    Chairman David Sexton made a motion to discontinue the fee-to-tax approach for revenue collection as previously discussed, and to discontinue the coupon system and the collection-site approach for solid waste collection services.
    Mike Maynard seconded the motion, which passed by a unanimous vote.

  • Galax police reach out to at-risk youth

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark says he is still haunted by a young man who fell through the cracks of society, despite efforts to help him turn his life around.
    A kid full of potential, he unfortunately got involved with drugs and ended up in prison.
    Troubled youth like this are the people that the Galax Police Department and other Galax agencies hope to help over the next two years with a $250,000 grant to create mentoring and apprenticeship programs.

  • Laurel Fork accepting donations

    LAUREL FORK — Storm relief supplies for tornado-ravaged Kentucky and Indiana will leave from the Laurel Fork Fire Department March 26.

    Violent storms recently killed dozens in the Midwest, concentrated in the Bluegrass and the Hoosier states, and members of the Laurel Fork community have decided that they want to help, said organizer Butch Coleman.

  • Crowder, Tate run for Hillsville mayor


    HILLSVILLE — Businessman Greg Crowder will challenge incumbent Bill Tate for the office of mayor in May’s upcoming municipal elections in Hillsville.
    Other upcoming races for council seats include newcomer Phyllis Lackey challenging incumbent Ed Terry in the Pine Creek ward, as well as newcomer David Young vying with incumbent Orba Alderman in the Pipers Gap Ward.

  • Court escapee in custody