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Today's News

  • Bill advances to keep training center open

    RICHMOND — A bill seeking to keep two of Virginia’s training centers for the mentally handicapped open was referred to the House of Delegates’ Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday, following a hearing in Richmond where the bill was received by the Health Welfare and Institutions Subcommittee.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway visitation increases

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and SHANNON WATKINS, Staff

    The Blue Ridge Parkway is showing the first increase in visitation since 2011, and some local venues and parkway-adjacent merchants are seeing an uptick in businesses.

    The national park reported that it attracted more than 13.9 million visitors in 2014, an increase of about 1 million from 2013.

  • BB&T: account errors will be fixed

    UPDATED 1/28/15:

    Some BB&T customers had alarming experiences with their bank accounts on Tuesday, such as discovering their accounts held less funds than they should have, sometimes to the point of being overdrafted with fees.

    The problem was caused by what BB&T Corporate Communication Strategist Brian Davis referred to as “a processing issue.”

  • City to go after late utility bills

    Galax City Council is looking at new measures to collect overdue utility bills.

    At Monday’s council meeting, Director of Finance Judy Taylor-Gallimore requested that council approve measures to collect or dismiss overdue utility bills. Gallimore-Taylor recommended bills more than three years old be written off.

    Currently, the city has about $67,000 in arrears from what she estimated to be about 500 customers.

  • Volunteers will help with insurance enrollment

    HILLSVILLE — Volunteers with Commonwealth Covered, a project sponsored through Enroll Virginia, will visit Carroll County this week to discuss enrollment options through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace.

    Feb. 15 is the deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan for 2015, and families who wait too long to sign up or choose to opt out of coverage will receive a tax penalty for the year.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 12

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Jefferson, N.C., man was indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury Jan. 23 on four counts of carnal knowledge.

    Connor Allen Lewis, 20, was indicted on charges involving a 14-year-old girl. He will be represented by Dublin attorney Michael Barbour.

    An indictment indicates that a grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial, and does not indicate guilt. All of those indicted are innocent until proven guilty.

  • Poll: citizens question leaders' honesty

    Many registered voters in Virginia question the honesty of their elected leaders and want stricter controls on gifts to them, according to a poll this week.

    In the January survey conducted by Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center for Public Policy, voters also favored term limits for state legislators and an independent panel to draw lines for legislative districts.

  • Fuel spill contained at Hess station

    A mechanical failure in an automobile was responsible for a hazardous material spill at a Galax gas station on Wednesday morning, according to Galax Fire Department Capt. Mike Ayers.

  • Va. Senate kills gun control legislation

    RICHMOND — The Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee spent several hours Monday killing Democratic gun control bills and advancing a measure that would allow concealed weapon permit holders to obtain a lifetime permit.

    “It was an awesome day,” said Philip Van Cleave, president of the pro-gun Virginia Citizens Defense League.

  • Answers and an approval for new school

    After reviewing the cost of two firms’ proposed traffic studies for the Kipling Lane property, chosen as the site for a new elementary school, the Galax School Board voted to accept the offer from Thompson & Litton.

    Galax Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill led the brief discussion at the Jan. 20 school board meeting before the vote by saying, “I would like to recommend that we go with the study from Thompson & Litton. The scope as presented by the companies is very similar with a very significant difference in price.”