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Today's News

  • Grayson closer to final budget

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County citizens will soon have their chance to voice concerns with the proposed budget as supervisors close in on a set of numbers to advertise.

    Board members met for another budget work session last Wednesday night and began with a brief recap from County Administrator Jonathan Sweet.

    Sweet explained all the reductions made in budgets controlled by the county administration. Overall, the budgets saw a 12.9 percent reduction — which surpassed the goal of a county-wide 10 percent reduction in expenses.

  • More plead guilty to drug dealing charges

    ROANOKE — Two more defendants facing federal drug charges entered guilty pleas in U.S. District Court in Roanoke last week.

    Stephie Nicole Bean Davis and Michael Samuel Sawyers, both of Galax, filed paperwork with the court changing their pleas to guilty, according to information from Roanoke.

    They join Bobby Dwayne Thompson of Hillsville, who had already entered a guilty plea to a count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

  • Thief hits homeless shelter

    “Who on Earth would steal something from a homeless shelter?”

    That's what Marcia Chemelli, a resident at the Hostel of the Good Shepherd on West Center Street in Galax, would like to know.

    The residents of the shelter noticed Tuesday morning that the solar-powered lights were missing from the front yard, and reported it to the Galax Police Department on Wednesday.

  • Elk Creek man dies in crash

    A 44-year-old Elk Creek man died in a single-vehicle crash Friday on Stones Chapel Road in Grayson County.

    Virginia State Police identified the victim as Arnold J. Brown. According to a report by Trooper J.M. Sowers, Brown was operating a 1993 Chevy S-10 at the time of the accident, which occurred at 6:25 p.m., about 1.5 miles west of Powder Mill Road.

    Brown lost control of the vehicle on a gravel road and ran off the road to the left.

  • Rising above politics

    The recently-passed health care reform legislation will affect every American citizen.

    On a matter of this broad scope, it is essential that members of Congress place the interests of their constituents first and rise above political party interests where necessary to do so.

    It is clear both from Rep. Rick Boucher’s vote and from the reasons for his vote that our congressman understands this necessity.

  • Free Clinic moving to new home

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties began moving last week to its new location at 140 Larkspur Lane, Suite C, in Galax.

    The clinic opened its first physical location in August 2007 at 300 W. Oldtown St. in Galax.

    “Many thanks go to Danny Cockerham, who leased the building to the clinic for almost three years,” said Dina Slusher, director of the clinic. “The need for more space became apparent as more patients began to need assistance.”

    The new location will offer 2,250 square feet of space.

  • Grayson to hold budget hearing

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County residents will have one final chance to plead for a lesser tax rate when the supervisors hold a public hearing on the proposed 2010-11 budget next week.

    The public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 10, during the board’s regular monthly meeting.

    With a proposed tax increase of 44 percent, the real estate levy will jump to 49 cents next year.

    The increase comes as the county looks to crawl out of a deep financial hole, which includes an estimated tax anticipation note of more than $3.5 million next year.

  • Groups join to develop Wildwood

    HILLSVILLE — The regional economic development authority has taken on a new partner in the pursuit of developing the Wildwood Commerce Park at Interstate 77's Exit 19 — the regional solid waste authority.

    Both groups — Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority and Carroll-Galax-Grayson Solid Waste Authority — met at Countryside restaurant in separate meetings Thursday to have breakfast and vote on motions to collaborate in an economic development project.

  • Carroll County rallies past Tazewell 3-2

     HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth off of fireballing Tazewell lefthander Zak Wasilewski and held on for a 3-2 win in the Southwest District baseball tournament semifinals Tuesday at Bill Worrell Field.

  • Reavis to play football at Emory

     HILLSVILLE -- It’s always pretty much seemed like a given that Tyler Reavis would be playing something, somewhere, once he graduated from high school.