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Today's News

  • Oak Hall bringing 100 jobs to Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Oak Hall Cap & Gown, a manufacturer of academic, judicial and religious apparel, will invest $1.2 million to establish a textile manufacturing operation in Independence.

    The company will renovate and up-fit an existing 85,000-square-foot facility — the old Robertshaw Controls building at 607 W. Main Street — and create 100 new jobs.

  • Four charged in three drug-related incidents

    Four people were arrested for various charges during a drug-related investigation by the Galax Police Department on Feb. 21.

    Two Galax residents were arrested and charged with possession of narcotics after the execution of a search warrant at Glendale Apartments.

    Misty Rena Urbina, 33, and William Bradley Earp, 23, both of Galax, were both charged with possession of marijuana, possession of morphine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • APCO customers to see 4 percent drop in average bills

    ROANOKE – Appalachian Power Company (APCO) announced Thursday that residential customers in Virginia will see a decrease of about 4 percent in their total electric bills beginning this month. The decrease is the result of the reduction or expiration of three Rate Adjustment Clauses (RACs).

  • Group raising awareness about Multiple Sclerosis

    HILLSVILLE — Town council has approved a resolution declaring March as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness month for Hillsville.

    Town council members approved the declaration at their Tuesday meeting, after they were visited by Twin County MS Support Group members Regina Dalton, Dalton’s daughter Autumn Stanley, Karen Walker and Arlene Monteith.

  • Two arrested for drug violations

    Two Galax men have been arrested and charged with violations of the Drug Control Act after a traffic stop on Feb. 25.

    According to a report from the Galax Police Department, Officer Drew Burnett stopped a vehicle driven by Michael Logan Weyant, 20, for operating without headlights. Burnett’s observations and investigation resulted in the recovery of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, the report said.

  • S.C. man charged with car theft, break-in

    HILLSVILLE — A South Carolina man was arrested Feb. 21 after local authorities responded two related incidents, involving the theft of a vehicle from one residence and the breaking and entering of another home that same day.

    Police said the man allegedly stole a car the owner left running in his driveway, then broke into a house and was found in the bathroom dyeing his hair.

  • Foggy Top fire under investigation

    A house fire on Foggy Top Lane in Grayson County left no injuries or fatalities but extensive property damage, said Galax Fire Department Capt. Mike Ayers on Monday evening.

    Galax firefighters responded to the siren at 5:08 p.m. on Monday. After extinguishing the fire, which Ayers said started in a front room, the fire department summoned investigators from the Grayson Sheriff’s Office. According to Ayers, this was because the fire department was unable to discern the fire’s cause.

  • Grayson schools could cut 20 positions

    INDEPENDENCE – No jobs are safe in the Grayson County School Division for next year as administrators look to cut up to 20 positions to balance next year’s budget.

    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant – along with Finance Director Norma Quesinberry and Director of Personnel Judy Greear – provided the school board a draft budget this week that included a reduction of 94 additional students and more than $3.4 million less revenue than budgeted.

  • Branch to update community on U.S. 58 project

    LAUREL FORK — Branch Highways, the contractor for the U.S. 58 widening project, will hold an information session for the Laurel Fork community on March 4.

    Pete Copes, Branch’s Construction Manager on the project, will speak at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Laurel Fork Community Center, according to Frances Tobler of the Senior Citizens Group of Laurel Fork, sponsor of the meeting.

  • Gov. signs bill freezing utility rates and reviews

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a bill Feb. 24 that halts the state’s ability to review and adjust base electricity rates for utilities in Virginia while keeping rates frozen.

    The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, ends the State Corporation Commission’s ability during the five-year period to determine whether energy giants such as Appalachian Power and Dominion Power earned more than a fair profit and to order refunds to consumers.