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  • Ballot will contain two proposed amendments

    In addition to the races for president, vice president and congress, voters on Nov. 8 will see two proposed amendments to the Virginia constitution on the ballot.

    The Right To Work Law as laid out in the Virginia Constitution currently states that forced union membership and payment of forced union dues as a condition of employment is prohibited – in other words, employment may not be denied on the basis of one’s union membership or lack of one.

  • Grant will pay for new Galax patrol cars

    The Galax Police Department will be the beneficiary of a federal grant for new police vehicles, according to a statement issued by the USDA Rural Development’s Danielle Logan.

    “We’re going to buy a couple new first-run patrol cars,” said City Manager Keith Barker, “and then retire a couple of our more high-mileage vehicles.” He said that the cars being replaced would likely get auctioned off on a government website.

  • 'Catfishing' love scheme targeting Virginians

    The Better Business Bureau warns about a sophisticated love scheme that is targeting area users of a popular dating website.

    In a scam known as “catfishing,” a man pretending to live in Roanoke is using a false identity on Match.com and tricking legitimate users out of thousands of dollars.

    According to multiple victims, a man using the name Jeffrey Curtis courted them for months, got them to fall in love with him, and then used a fake tragedy to con them out of thousands of dollars.

  • Accident results in road closure in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – An accident in Hillsville resulted in the closure of West Stuart Drive for an extended period on Saturday due to downed power lines. No injuries were reported as a result of the accident.

    According to a release from the Hillsville Police Department, officers responded to a single vehicle accident at 1067 West Stuart Drive at approximately 5:40 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15.

  • Grayson County administrator accepts leadership position in Pulaski

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE – Last Thursday, County Administrator Jonathan D. Sweet tendered his formal resignation to the Grayson Board of Supervisors, effective Jan. 15, 2017.

    According to a news release from the county on Friday, Sweet has accepted the position as Pulaski County administrator, and will begin his new post on Jan. 16, 2017.

  • Galax arrests include NAPA burglary, drug offenses

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included two men charged with burglary at an auto parts store.

    Matthew Allen Shumate, 24, of Chilhowie, and David Wayne Mooney, 26, of Glade Spring, were charged on Oct. 6 by Detective J.B. Greer.

  • Candidate calls for coach resignations

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A candidate for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board appeared before the board Monday night to request that two members resign.

    Tracy “Zeke” Anderson told the board, “I am requesting these football coaches resign from the board effective immediately and failure to do so will send a clear message to our community and the citizens of Grayson County that this board intends to willfully violate Virginia code.”

  • Grayson lands meat processing facility

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – River Ridge Land & Cattle Co. announced Wednesday plans to construct a new meat processing plant in Grayson County.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that River Ridge will build and operate a new meat processing plant, investing $2.1 million and creating 11 new jobs over the next three years.

    River Ridge will also purchase nearly $4 million in Virginia-grown beef and pork for use at its new plant that is being constructed in the Grayson County Industrial Park.

  • Oct. 17 is registration deadline for November election

    Staff Reports

    With all the drama surrounding the presidential election, it might be easy to forget one very important detail — Monday is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election.

  • Meat processing facility will add 11 jobs in Grayson

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that River Ridge Land and Cattle Company, LLC will build and operate a new meat processing facility in Grayson County. The company will invest $2.1 million and create 11 new jobs over the next three years. River Ridge will also purchase nearly $4 million in Virginia-grown beef and pork for use at its new facility. The Commonwealth of Virginia is partnering with Grayson County and River Ridge Land and Cattle on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund.