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  • Galax makes changes to downtown parking rules

    City council has approved changes to parking in downtown Galax, including fines for those who don’t move their cars every four hours.

    Council recently approved the parking resolution as presented by City Manager Keith Barker, which had been discussed in previous meetings last year.

    The resolution included maintaining the four-hour parking limit along downtown streets — Main Street from Washington to Calhoun, Rex Lane, Grayson Street from Jefferson to Carroll streets; and East Oldtown Street to Carroll Street.

  • Va. Senate rejects Medicaid expansion

    Capital News Service and Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Republicans in the Virginia Senate on Jan. 25 tabled legislation that would have expanded Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of lower-income residents of Virginia.

    Voting along party lines, the Senate Education and Health Committee indefinitely postponed action on the proposal. The eight Republicans on the panel voted to kill the measure; the seven Democrats voted to keep it alive.

  • Police investigate GHS threat

    Rumors of a threat from a student on Thursday at Galax High School proved to be without merit, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    At 3:35 p.m. on Jan. 25, School Resource Officer Vickie Taylor became aware that a student, who was absent that day, had made threatening remarks. She immediately began an investigation.

    Because the information was received after school hours, said Clark, it “changed the way we reacted. If it had been during the school day, we would have handled it differently.”

  • Grayson SOL scores rising

    INDEPENDENCE ― Student test scores are climbing in across the board in Grayson County schools, when compared to the previous year’s first semester.

    During the school board’s Jan. 15 meeting, Grayson Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore began his monthly address by presenting board members with a list of state Standards of Learning (SOL) test scores for the first semester of 2017-18, in direct comparison with the first semester of 2016-17.

  • Carroll looks at budget challenges

    By ETHAN CAMPBELL, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Solutions ranging from eliminating positions and requiring county stickers to billing county residents for fire and EMS services have been proposed by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to pay for capitol improvement and balance the budget for the upcoming 2019 fiscal year.

    The board and county leaders met for a work session on Jan. 22, to begin developing plans of action to balance the county’s budget.

  • Bill would affect pay for deputies

    RICHMOND — Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) is petitioning for the creation of a salary fund for deputy sheriffs during this year’s session of the Virginia General Assembly.

    According to the state’s Legislative Information System, a bill (SB 495) for the creation of a Deputy Sheriff Supplemental Salary Fund was prefiled Jan. 9 and offered to the Virginia Senate on Jan. 10. It has since been referred to the Committee on Finance for further consideration.

  • Keepers' trial for teen's death set for September

    CHRISTIANSBURG — The trial of Natalie Keepers, tentatively scheduled to start in the Montgomery County Circuit Court on Feb. 5, has been moved to Sept. 17.

    Keepers is charged with being an accessory to murder before the fact and concealing a body in the 2016 death of Nicole Lovell, 13, of Blacksburg. Lovell’s body was found off Route 89 in Surry County, N.C., seven miles south of Galax and a little over a mile outside Grayson County.

  • City water rates will rise in 2020

    There were no speakers at a public hearing for an ordinance that includes increased water and sewer rates at the Jan. 8 Galax City Council meeting.

    Council voted unanimously to accept the rate revisions as outlined in the last meeting.

    As City Manager Keith Barker explained at the Dec 11 meeting, the rate increase is driven by the cost of upgrading the city’s wastewater management facility.

  • Grayson teachers seek competitive pay

    INDEPENDENCE — With budget season coming up, advocates for Grayson County educators are asking the school board to do what it can to level teacher’s pay with competing nearby localities.

    During the school board’s Jan. 15 meeting, representatives from the Grayson County Education Association (GCEA) shared their number one goal for this year’s budget with the administration.

    The GCEA’s Deborah Greif got right to the point by sharing feedback from teachers and data from Grayson and surrounding school systems.

  • Nuckolls Drug expanding into former bank

    By ETHAN CAMPBELL, Staff

    HILLSVILLE — Nuckolls Drug Company, a local pharmacy serving the Carroll County community for over a century, will be expanding its business into the old Bank of Floyd building, located at 185 South Main Street in Hillsville.

    The store has been in the Nuckolls family since 1896 and serves an average of approximately 3,000 customers annually in Carroll County.