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Today's News

  • New state laws took effect July 1

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — New state laws and changes to the law passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor went into effect July 1.

    They include changes to the legal age to marry, a law prohibiting smoking in cars with kids and protections against stalkers and domestic abusers. There’s even a law that allows you to hunt some wild game with a slingshot.

    Here’s a look at some of the new laws and changes, compiled from the Virginia Division of Legislative Services:

  • Galax arrests include two felonies

    Staff Report

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests the week of June 19-June 26 included two felonies.

    Erik Donald Harriman, 38, of Galax, was arrested on June 21 at 10:31 p.m. by Officer Trevor Jefferson and charged with felony assault.

  • Homeowner asks town to extend historical district

    HILLSVILLE — The owner of a home in downtown Hillsville wants the town to extend its historical district to include his property.

    John Johnson owns property at 173 South Main St., a home built by the Early family in 1915. Over the years, it has been home to others of historical significance to the town, including Dr. Cox, Bill Copeland, a preacher and Judge Brett Geisler, he said at Hillsville Town Council’s June 13 meeting.

    It’s “arts and crafts” architectural style also make the home historic, he added.

  • Schools, county overcome deficit with teamwork

    Grayson County Public Schools suffered financial turmoil last year with a $900,000 shortfall, which left many in the community concerned and desperately seeking answers as to where so much money disappeared.

    To say things are looking up for the school system just one year later is putting it mildly.

    Last week, school officials announced that they had managed what they were told was impossible: they eliminated the deficit this year, with a closeout budget that landed at an estimated $8 - $11 in the black after covering bills and payroll.

  • Readers Hotline 7/4/16

    Scam warning
    Listen up, readers. I got four calls saying the IRS was going to start suing me if I didn’t pay up. They even left a phone number. I called the police department. They said it was a scam and if you call that number you are really in trouble. So, watch out. They are after us.
    Editor’s note: In scam warnings we’ve received, the IRS stresses that they never call taxpayers. All correspondence is by mail.

    How’s that work?

  • Grayson schools eliminate $900K deficit

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Public Schools administration announced Wednesday that in one year, a previous $900,000 deficit in the school budget has been eliminated using a series of cuts and savings methods.

    This announcement came one week after the Grayson County School Board’s close-out meeting for the year. At that time, there was an estimated remaining deficit of $8,715.53, with the possibility for receiving more funding before the end of June.

  • Galax police investigate burglary

    Staff Report

    Galax police are investigating a burglary at Roses Discount Store on June 18.

    According to a police report, two suspects entered the store at 6:15 p.m. “An older black male wearing a red plaid shirt and shorts shopped while a second black male forced entry into a room and committed a larceny of cash,” the report said.

    Both suspects were previously observed at R.J.’s Pizza around 5:30 p.m. and Tlaquepaque restaurant around 6 p.m.

  • Parades, fireworks, music planned for July 4

    July 4 will be a busy day around the Twin Counties, with celebrations, parades and fireworks planned in Independence, Hillsville, Galax and Fries.

    Independence

    Oscar and Julia Valentine will serve as the grand marshals for this year’s Fourth of July parade in Independence.

  • Readers Hotline 6/29/16

    Shut it down
    I live in the Laurel area of Carroll County. Why do we not have one of the three paid ambulances with a paramedic on duty out in Laurel?  Please Carroll County, close Laurel [volunteer rescue squad] down like you did Dugspur and Hillsville and put a paid paramedic truck in our area.

    Boondoggles

  • Turns 100

    Opal Virginia McPeak Goad of Woodlawn celebrated her 100th birthday on June 2, 2016, with her family at a birthday lunch and then at a family dinner at her home on June 4.

    She is the wife of the late Ernest Goad. She has three children: Janice Vass, Joyce Cagle and Elmon Goad. She has five grandchildren: Aaron Vass, Stephen and Joel Cagle, Vanessa Bottomley and Gerald Goad; six great-grandchildren: Arianna Slate, Alyssa Vass, Owen and Emmett Cagle and Logan and Seth Bottomley; and one great-great-grandson, Samuel Slate.