Today's News

  • Galax-Grayson EMS earns top state honor

    Staff Reports

    Galax-Grayson EMS (GGEMS) was one of only six agencies in the state, and the only one in Southwest Virginia, to receive recognition as an Agency of Excellence this year by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services.

    The agency received this award at the Virginia EMS Symposium in Norfolk on Nov. 14.

    “I’m very proud,” said GGEMS Chief Ron Passmore. “It was a team effort. I’m very proud that we all pulled it together.”

  • Public record for 1/6/16 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in April in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Legislators push for more healthcare competition

    Landmark News Service
    RICHMOND — Republicans in the House of Delegates say they will push a legislative package this year designed to enhance competition in Virginia health care.
    Republicans said a series of bills, if passed, would phase out most state laws requiring what’s called a “certificate of public need” (COPN) for hospitals, surgery centers and medical-imaging services.

  • Virginia sex offender registery now online

    The Virginia State Police has completed and made available an online supplement to the registry for Virginia sex offenders.

    The supplement includes information on persons who were convicted of certain sexual offenses on or after July 1, 1980, and before July 1, 1994, who are not currently on the registry.

    The supplement is available to the public through the Virginia State Police website, at sex-offender.vsp.virginia.gov/sor.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/4/16

    Christmas kindness
    I just wanted to say that during Christmas I did meet a Christmas angel. I was in line at Walmart and my order came in over the money I had with me. A lady in the back of the line finished paying for my groceries. She did not know how much that meant to me. I said “thank you” but I did not know her name. I just want her to know I am thankful for her being my Christmas angel.

    Cost of kerosene

  • Senator threatens bill to take away governor's security

    Staff Reports

    RICHMOND — Sen. Bill Carrico (R- Grayson County) has responded to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s support of recent changes to the state’s gun permit laws with a threat to take away the governor’s armed guards.

    The governor’s office has called Carrico’s proposed legislation “a reactionary temper tantrum.”

    According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Carrico announced his wishes to revoke funding for the Virginia State Police unit responsible for protecting the governor.

  • NEA supports music center, Crooked Road

    Staff Reports

    A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will support the 2016 “Roots of American Music” summer concert series highlighting traditional music at the Blue Ridge Music Center near Galax.

    The NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $15,000 to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

  • Officers train to prevent escalation of violence

    Local police and school resource officers learned skills to defuse interactions with citizens that feel like they’re escalating to a physical level at a training session in Galax last week.

    Doug Cooley, director of the Southwest Criminal Justice Academy, shared insightful tips on how to peacefully enforce the law and resolve disputes.

  • Officer bitten by suspect during arrest

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – A woman wanted on several felony warrants allegedly bit an officer while being arrested last week.

    Sgt. Barry Lineberry with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office arrested Lauren Markee Baker, 25, of Galax, on Dec. 30 in the Hebron community after a traffic stop. According to police reports, Lineberry saw Baker — who was wanted by multiple law enforcement agencies — driving on Hebron Road and made the stop.

  • Governor announces $1 billion for schools

    Staff Report

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced an ambitious budget package for Virginia’s public schools, which combined with higher education announcements includes an investment of more than $1 billion.

    The plan includes money for 2,500 new teachers, educational staff raises, funding for early childhood education and support for at-risk students.