Today's News

  • Voters choose new council members

    Staff Reports

    New council members will join Galax City Council and town councils in Fries and Independence, after Tuesday’s May 3 general election.

    Turnout was low in all localities — just under 4 percent in Independence, which had no contested races; and about 28 percent in Fries, which had a nine-way race for seven council seats.

  • Carroll narrowing budget gap

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County budget committee is looking to amend the school system’s funding request to make up a shortfall in its 2016-2017 spending plan, and might recommend a personal property tax increase to pay for other expenses.

    The committee met April 29 to discuss the budget and how to continue to close what started as a $3.5 million gap.

  • Six charged with drug offenses

    Staff Report

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, six people were arrested on drug charges in the city last week.

    • John Evan Melton, 51, of Galax, was arrested on April 28 at 2:07 p.m. by Officer Jeremiah Foutch for felony possession of Schedule I or II drugs and misdemeanor petit larceny (first offense).

  • Galax plans to eliminate vehicle decals

    At the April 25 Galax City Council meeting, council voted to get rid of city decals for vehicles in fiscal year 2017.

    The vote was made after Finance Director Judy Taylor-Gallimore presented the option to merely add the $25 former decal fee for cars ($15 for motorcycles) onto personal property taxes.

  • Rally brings nature lovers to Mount Rogers

    The 42nd annual Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally, hosted by the Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC), will be held May 6-8 (Friday through Sunday) this year.

    This annual event is a tradition that dates back to 1975, bringing together like-minded nature lovers throughout the region. This year’s rally will highlight the 50th anniversary of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

  • Hospital will hold emergency simulation

    Staff Report

    Twin County Regional Hospital will conduct an emergency response exercise on Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.

    In this instance, the exercise will test the response to a fictional hostage incident. The community may see law enforcement response and presence at the hospital during the drill, but should not be alarmed. The exercise will be in a contained area and it will not impact patient care.


    Unofficial results of the May 3 town and city council elections in the Twin Counties are based on information from the Virginia State Board of Elections. A • next to a name indicates a winner.


    (6 candidates for 3 seats)

    Cathy Blevins — 90 (11.8%)

    • Bill Davis — 217 (28.44%)

    • Ches Helmick — 144 (18.9%)

    Jason Jordan — 51 (6.7%)

    • Sharon Plichta — 175 (22.9%)

    Robert Williams — 85 (11.1%)

  • Good Stewards: students compete for best conservation ideas

    INDEPENDENCE — Cash prizes were awarded to Grayson High School students in the 2016 Grayson LandCare Land Stewardship Competition, held April 23 at the 1908 Courthouse in Independence.

    Eighth grader Mary Ellen Wingate was awarded the $1,000 first prize for her project, “Recycle and Redesign: Doggone Tired.”

  • BBB warns: scams grow like weeds in spring

    As bright springtime flowers bloom, so do new dark, weed-like scams. Scammers will be going door-to-door with plans to rip off local residents for services from discounted food deliveries to repairing weather damaged shingles. The Better Business Bureau advises consumers that now is the time to be on your guard.

    Door-to-Door Meat Selling Scams

  • Southwestern Virginia Training Center celebrates 40 years

    Though it faces an uncertain future, the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County will focus on its past this week.