Local News

  • Rumors persist about Howard murder case


  • Authority must have more water


    INDEPENDENCE  — Directors of the Virginia/Carolina Water Authority are continuing to look for ways to increase the water supply to the new system.
    Bryan Edwards, authority chairman and Sparta, N.C., town manager, said the plant is only pumping 400,000 gallons a day, but must pump at least 500,000 gallons a day to break even financially.
    Matthew Lane of The Lane Group attended a recent authority meeting to answer questions.

  • Galax tax revenue increasing

    With Albany Industries opening in Galax to eventually offer more than 300 jobs and Vaughan-Bassett Furniture and Consolidated Glass expanding job opportunities, a five-year snapshot of tax revenues show that Galax is making a turnaround.
    Sales tax revenue for 2012 is climbing back up, with a projected revenue of $2.04 million, slightly more than 2007’s revenue of $2.02 million, and less than 2008’s sales revenue of $2.55 million.

  • Homicide investigation continues, suspect back in N.C.


  • Oracle Institute to break ground


  • UPDATED: N.C. murder suspect captured in Galax

    UPDATED: MAY 24, 10:20 A.M.

    A murder suspect arrested Wednesday in Galax is now charged with homicide in Wake County, N.C., in connection with the death of his wife.

    The Galax Police Department arrested Sonny Lee Howard, 42, of Raleigh, N.C., and charged him with being a fugitive from North Carolina.

  • Grayson budget balances without tax increase

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County has a nearly balanced budget and residents will see no tax increase again this year.
    Supervisors held a budget work session May 16. They started the budget process with a nearly $475,000 deficit between projected revenues and expenditures.
    Prior to the meeting, County Administrator Jonathan Sweet said he and his staff had managed to close that gap to approximately $130,000 through adjustments to the revenue side of about $90,000 and decreases on the expenditure side of nearly $250,000.

  • Firefighters not charged, but won't be reinstated

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll supervisor sought to reinstate two Laurel Fork Fire Department volunteers after a three-year suspension after an investigation that yielded no charges.
    The issues involved the purchase of a vehicle for the agency. Virginia State Police obtained a search warrant for the Laurel Fork Fire Department May 12, 2009, based on an allegation of rigging a bid for a vehicle, according to court records.

  • Owners of Hillsville's glass house break silence


    HILLSVILLE ― Objections to Hillsville buying and preserving "the Bottle House" have clouded the issue, a member of the Fulcher family says.

    Members of the family that owns the unique landmark want to know if town officials have an interest, as they've not discussed the matter in an open meeting yet.

  • Old school turned over to Fries fire department

    INDEPENDENCE — Providence School is getting closer to becoming property of the Fries Volunteer Fire Department.
    All the speakers at a May 17 public hearing, held during the Grayson County Board of Supervisors meeting, spoke in favor of transferring the property.
    For the past three months, the fire department and board of supervisors have been working on an agreement to transfer the old Providence School property to the department.