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  • Grayson looks at funding non-county agencies

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors is considering some changes in the way it responds to funding requests for non-government agencies.

    The issue came up at the final meeting of the board in 2015, which was short and to the point, with a few goodbyes and continuations of action items for the incoming board members in January.

  • Mink Motors consolidates operations into single location

    Staff Reports

    Mink Motor Co. of Galax will carry on at a single location at 620 S. Main St. after the first of the new year, although the main Mink’s building that served as the East Galax voting location on Glendale Road will be closing as the result of an expected sale.

    Some confusion about plans for the building stemmed from discussion at a city council meeting Monday, at which Voter Registrar Stacy Reavis stated that Mink had plans to close.

  • Independence receives water grant

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence will receive $30,000 to address needed water system improvements, including the replacement of a water line along the Virginia 21 corridor, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development recently.

    The town’s grant was one of six water/waste planning grants awarded to areas of the state.

  • City moves voting precinct

    In a special called meeting on Monday morning, Galax City Council voted to make the old country club building at the Galax Municipal Golf Course the new East Precinct polling location.

    The old location, Mink’s Motor Sales, is relocating outside the precinct. The Office of the Registrar received the notice on December 10.

    The clubhouse is located at 107 Country Club Lane, which is accessible by both U.S. 58 (East Stuart Drive) and Glendale Road.

  • Carroll fund brightens season for those in need

    HILLSVILLE — An estimated 125 volunteers showed up on Dec. 17 at the Virginia Produce building to sort and box food for the Carroll Christmas Fund. The annual charity’s goal is to make Christmas “a little brighter for those less fortunate.”

  • Grayson sheriff's office getting new home

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department and dispatch will soon have a new facility in Independence.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet and Sheriff Richard Vaughan said in a joint statement released Monday that the Grayson County Economic Development Authority (EDA), at the direction of the board of supervisors, has purchased a building in the town for $995,000 and will renovate it into a state-of-the-art public safety facility.

  • Stomach virus cases on the rise

    Over the last month, Carilion Clinic has seen an increased number of cases of the stomach virus formally known as gastroenteritis.

    “Typically we see a lot of reported illnesses this time of year,” said Carilion Pediatrician John Moore, M.D., “but within the last two to three weeks, there has been a surge of stomach virus complaints.”

  • There's finally a reason to smile at the DMV

    Landmark News Service

    Come on, get happy.

    Drivers won’t have to look so glum in their licenses for the first time in six years — the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles announced Monday that smiles are now allowed again in ID photos.

    Photo recognition technology has advanced to allow customers the option of grinning, or not, in their pictures.

    “We heard loud and clear from customers that they prefer posing with smiles,” said DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb.

  • Driver's action prevents fire damage to bank

    Staff Reports

    On Dec. 16 at 1:41 p.m., the Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire at the Grayson National Bank on Carrollton Pike in Galax.

    Units arrived to find a full-size Dodge pickup on fire. Engine One firefighters quickly subdued the blaze.

  • Police department achieves third accreditation

    The Galax Police Department has received a Certified Crime Prevention Community Award from the Virginia Department of Criminal and Justice Services (VDCJS) for the third time, after meeting professional standards and undergoing a review.

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark and Officer Kevin Hall accepted the award at the Galax City Council meeting on Dec. 14.