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Today's News

  • Thorne, Blue Devils take MED

    INDEPENDENCE –– For four innings, Grayson County pitcher Morgan Thorne was perfect. By the time perfection had escaped her, she and the Blue Devils were too far ahead for it to matter.

    Grayson County won its third straight Mountain Empire District tournament championship Thursday, jumping out to a 10-0 lead before settling for a 13-5 win in the championship game at B.A. Rhudy Fields.

  • Elk Creek couple raises lively, lovable livestock

    ELK CREEK — Nestled in the woods of Elk Creek is a 40-acre farm that offers anyone the opportunity to walk with and learn about goats.

    Paul and Mary Cottenier spent their lives in the hustle and bustle just outside Tampa, Fla. After retiring, the couple began looking for a calmer place to settle down.

    With family in Boone, N.C., the couple first looked for places there. After having no luck, they began looking in the mountains of Virginia.

  • Kaine's tax plan faces roadblocks in General Assembly

    RICHMOND — Minutes after Gov. Timothy M. Kaine unveiled a plan on May 12 for an almost $860 million tax increase to help transportation, House Republican leaders declared it all but dead.

    "I don't see anything positive in the plan that could make it something that could be considered," said House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith (R-Salem). "It's all tax, tax, tax."

    So begins the latest chapter in the state's six-year quest for money to build new roads and improve existing ones.

  • City offers to help pet owners

    As part of a new strategy to reduce the population of strays, Galax is offering the city's pet owners the opportunity to receive a reimbursement check that will cover a portion of the cost to sterilize their cat or dog.

    The city will reimburse the pet owner $50 — or 50 percent, whichever is less — to spay or neuter a cat or dog they own or are adopting.

    "The hope is to see fewer stray animals," said Assistant City Manager Keith Barker. "Sometimes we don't do something because of cost savings, but just because it's the better thing to do."

  • PSA balks at fees

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll Public Service Authority will dedicate a special meeting May 27 at 7 p.m. to discussing possible utility rate adjustments and new fees.

    Authority members had a follow-up discussion at their regular May meeting on Director Ray Hill’s idea to include new revenue-generating fees. All they decided was that they need to talk about the matter further.

  • Music Center launches summer concert series

    The Blue Ridge Music Center launched its 2008 summer concert series on Saturday. This season, visitors from all over the world will have a chance to hear and learn about many types of Blue Ridge music and to meet people associated with it from this region.

    The visitor center and interpretive museum is open Wednesday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After Memorial Day weekend it will be open daily. There will be music at the music center daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Pedestrian struck, injured near parkway

    A pedestrian was injured in an accident May 25 on Virginia 945 in Carroll County, about a third of a mile north of its intersection with Virginia 608.

    A Virginia State Police report by Trooper S.M. Cochran identified the injured man as Warren Clyde Meredith from Fancy Gap.

    The accident happened shortly after 10 p.m., when Meredith was struck by a 1992 Ford Explorer, driven by Amy D. Cooper.

    No charges have been placed.

    No other information was available from the report.

  • Judge escapes DUI conviction

    A Wytheville judge accused of driving under the influence pleaded guilty last Tuesday in Smyth County General District Court to a reduced charge of reckless driving.

    Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Michael Keith Blankenship, 44, of Wytheville also pleaded guilty to refusing to submit to a Breathalyzer test. He was fined $100 and his license was suspended for one year, according to the court clerk’s office.

  • Alternative treatment might not be possible

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Public Service Authority members wondered why — at a gathering to explore alternative wastewater treatment — they received an endorsement for conventional methods from their utilities director.

    It was a double-take moment last Wednesday when, after about four hours investigating alternatives to get sewer service to Interstate 77 interchanges, authority members heard Director Ray Hill say that a conventional wastewater treatment plant that discharges into a stream is still the best option.

  • Cell towers proposed for Galax

    U.S. Cellular plans to replace one telecommunications tower and install another within the Galax city limits by leasing space on the Galax Police Department’s firing range off Glendale Road and at the city's water tank compound on City View Drive, which would improve public safety communications.