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Today's News

  • Board delays purchase of new school site

    The Galax School Board on Sept. 9 tabled a decision to purchase a Kipling Lane property for the building of a new elementary school until the next meeting.

    This decision was made due to the city’s policy of a 30-day window for appeals following a zoning decision — in this case, city council’s approval the previous night of the school board’s conditional use permit for the property.

  • Choir finds harmony among diverse denominations

    When it comes to harmony, the members of The Preacher’s Choir have it down pat. Not only do their voices harmonize during their many performances, but they see harmony as a way of life.

    The Preacher’s Choir is a group of Galax ministers from all denominations. It was organized about four years ago through Jerry Watson, a church layman with a dream.

    “Mr. Watson dreamed of seeing a group of ministers from various church backgrounds coming together to sing gospel songs in the area,” said Pastor D.G. Fox, the designated leader of the group.

  • Memorials look back at 9/11

    HILLSVILLE — Thirteen years later, the nation is still haunted by the memories of Sept. 11, 2001.

    Most people who are asked can give an exact recollection of where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the attacks, and few have forgotten the terror, anger, sadness and loss that they felt when the images were forever seared into their memory.

  • Small plane crashes on I-77

    FANCY GAP — Police and rescue workers converged on the scene of a small plane crash on Interstate 77 in the Fancy Gap area on Wednesday afternoon.

    State police received a call at 1:12 p.m. on Sept. 10, and responded to I-77 southbound, near the 5.8 milemarker. They arrived to find a 1939 J-3 Cub, operated by Bernard Heimos, 67, of Laguna Niguel, Ca, nose-down in the median, down a steep, wooded embankment.

  • General Assembly reaches budget deal

    RICHMOND — Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe, Speaker Bill Howell, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Chris Jones, Senate Finance Co-Chairman Chuck Colgan and leaders from the General Assembly money committees announced they had reached a bipartisan agreement on how to tackle Virginia’s budget shortfall. The agreement will close $346 million this fiscal year and will address the $536 million gap for Fiscal Year (FY) 16.

  • Grayson schools accredited, four with warning

    INDEPENDENCE – All seven of Grayson County’s schools were accredited for the 2013-14 school year – though four received warning in at least one subject.

    Grayson’s Director of Instruction and Assessment Stephen Cornett provided the school board with an update on the accreditation status during the board’s regular meeting last week.

    “All schools are accredited,” Cornett told the board. “Although some are with warning.”

  • Choir finds harmony among diverse denominations

    When it comes to harmony, the members of The Preacher’s Choir have it down pat. Not only do their voices harmonize during their many performances, but they see harmony as a way of life.

    The Preacher’s Choir is a group of Galax ministers from all denominations. It was organized about four years ago through Jerry Watson, a church layman with a dream.

    “Mr. Watson dreamed of seeing a group of ministers from various church backgrounds coming together to sing gospel songs in the area,” said Pastor D.G. Fox, the designated leader of the group.

  • Galax escapes Mustangs

    ELLISTON –– Galax’s nondistrict win Friday at Eastern Montgomery seemed as if it would never end. Odd, considering the thing seemed to be over on about four separate occasions.

  • New device will warn drivers of their speed

    INDEPENDENCE — Drivers with lead feet beware. If you have a hard time driving the speed limit, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has a new tool for reminding you to slow it down.

    The “speed trailer” is a lightweight, portable unit that is powered by a small battery and can be placed pretty much anywhere. A radar unit on wheels, the speed trailer flashes a display of passing drivers’ real-time speeds compared to the speed limit. The purpose of these devices is to reduce speeds and increase awareness of local speed limits.

  • Grayson going after school meals debt

    INDEPENDENCE – Students in Grayson County may soon be excluded from extra-curricular activities and offered an alternative lunch if school cafeteria debts are paid up after administrators discussed a growing debt with school board members this month.

    Grayson County Public Schools’ Director of Personnel Judy Greear approached the board during its regular meeting this month to discuss what she called a “spiraling problem” over the last few years – debt in the cafeterias.