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Today's News

  • The Psychology of Compassion

    At 17, Kristen Jennings has already stood in an operating room filled with surgeons watching patients undergo medical procedures.

    And, more prestigiously, the student at Galax High and Southwest Virginia Governor's School has already presented scientific research to a board of professors and scientists.

    Jennings undertook a psychological experiment as part of the governor’s school science fair, as she sought to answer the question of why and how human beings help others in need.

  • Fancy Gap water grant denied

    HILLSVILLE — With the denial of a health department grant for Fancy Gap water, Carroll County officials and citizens wonder where the money to build a public system will come from.

    Learning of the rejection of the grant, Carroll Public Service Authority discussed at its July 14 the idea that there are still options to explore in the ongoing effort to develop land around Interstate 77’s Exit 8 and U.S. 52 to create growth.

  • Rabid fox attacks woman in Fries

    FRIES — After being attacked by a rabid gray fox, a family in Fries managed to kill the ferocious animal on their porch.

    According to Fries Police Chief Bobby Jones, a woman approached him outside his home in Fries last Thursday around 11:30 a.m.

    Jones said the woman had been cut badly and kept saying a raccoon had attacked her.

    The woman was on her way to Twin County Regional Hospital — where she was treated and received several stitches for her wounds — and asked Jones to go look for the animal.

  • Talk about new buses goes round n' round

    INDEPENDENCE — Despite asking for four new buses, the Grayson School system will only be allowed to purchase two — and maybe two more at the end of the year.

    Grayson Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas asked the county board of supervisors to allow the school system to carry over $375,000 of more than half a million dollars left over after the school’s budget came out in the positive.

  • Rates make life difficult for low-income renters

    Ted Bartlett, who owns apartments on Grayson Street in Galax, said he received a huge surprise when he opened his water and sewer bill this month — the bimonthly bill jumped from $210 to $649.

    Galax City Council approved a new water and sewer use ordinance in November 2007 that requires individual apartment and trailer park units, which share a common meter, to be charged a separate minimum fee — the same as those who live in houses in the city.

  • No shock: APCo wants fuel factor increase

    Appalachian Power Co. wants to increase the fuel factor component of its Virginia customers’ bills, a move that could increase the bill for an average residential electricity user by 11.7 percent.

    The company said dramatic increases in the costs of coal, caused by a growing global coal market and a relatively weak dollar, are leading to higher costs to fuel the company’s power plants.

  • Shelter Solutions

    Few topics inspire as much passion as animals and their treatment, and those strong feelings were brought to the surface recently in Galax, when a citizen pleaded the city to extend the amount of time dogs and cats are kept at the regional animal shelter before they are euthanized.

    City officials promised to look into the matter, with assurances that they do indeed care about our four-legged friends and their fates.

    But, there’s a painful reality check coming.

  • Lender looks to help local businesses

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County took the first step towards helping prospective small-business owners receive funding to get their businesses running in the Twin Counties.

    Brian Phipps of People Inc. of Abingdon approached the Grayson Board of Supervisors about the business providing a micro-lending program for emerging businesses in the Twin Counties.

    Phipps said People Inc. was looking to form a partnership between Grayson and Carroll counties and Galax.

  • Grayson launches new websites

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County launched a brand new — and more interactive — Web site June 26 in hopes of helping local citizens gather information about the county and its governing body.

    The new site — GraysonVirginia.com — has been in the works for about four months and still has some glitches to work out after being launched a few weeks early.

    Grayson Assistant County Administrator Felicia Hash said the old site contracted a virus and was losing information rapidly.

  • Bringing back playtime

    Like most parents, Carrie Phipps — a mother of three and director of the Wellness Center in Galax — has begun to notice how technology has replaced the kind of active play children once knew, the sharp decline in physical activity and the lack of children's fitness programs.

    "There's not a lot offered in the area for this population, except for sports," said Phipps. "And with a lot of sports, heavier kids cannot participate."