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Today's News

  • Galax stormwater fee meeting set for Monday

    What’s the new Stormwater Management Ordinance that the Galax City Council adopted in July 2014 worth?

    About $1.50 more on your residential water bill a month.

    Council voted to adopt the ordinance, which kicks in with the 2016 property tax invoices. The fee amounts to about $18 a year total for residences. Commercial establishments will also be affected, though to a similarly small degree.

  • Grayson school system plans for future

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board reviewed and held a public hearing for the school’s comprehensive six-year plan at the Sept. 12 meeting.

    No one signed up to speak for the public hearing, but those present were given an overview of the plan as presented by Susan Funk, director of student learning.

    The plan — also shared with the public on the school system’s website — has five goals:

  • Absentee voting for presidential election underway

    Absentee voting is underway in Virginia for the Nov. 8 election.

    Qualified Virginia voters may vote absentee in-person at a local voter registration office or vote absentee by mail.

    To vote absentee, voters must meet one of 19 eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia absentee ballot application.

    In-person absentee voting is available at local voter registration offices Monday-Friday during regular office hours and on Saturdays Oct. 29 and Nov. 5.

  • Suspect in custody after two police chases

    A suspect in the manhunt in Carroll County has been taken into custody by authorities in Wythe County.

    According to Wythe County Sheriff Keith Dunagan, Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner contacted his office on Friday morning and informed Dunagan that a suspect in the ongoing stolen vehicle case was believed to be at a home in the Austinville area of Wythe County.

  • Nichols faces 38 child porn charges

    HILLSVILLE — Brandon Lee Nichols, 24, of Woodlawn, was arrested on Monday by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and charged with 38 counts of felony possession of child pornography, according to the Hillsville Police Department’s Det. Robert S. Martin.

    Martin led the investigation as part of his efforts with Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (SOVA ICAC), a federal task force comprised of multiple cooperating federal, state and local agencies.

  • Never Forgotten: POW/MIA Day

    The Galax American Legion #245 and Independence Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7726 came together Sept. 17 at twilight to remember and honor prisoners of war and those missing in action.

    The service was held at the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial next to the Galax Public Library. Coy Shaffner was introduced as a former POW of Germany during Word War II.

  • Grayson SOLs show improvement

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools are celebrating a continued climb in Standards of Learning test scores, after receiving news that six out of seven schools in the system were fully accredited based on the 2015-16 results.

  • Three hurt in Cana accident

    CANA — A two-vehicle accident on Sept. 17 at 7:55 a.m. on Paul’s Creek Road in Cana left three people injured, according to a report filed by Virginia State Trooper R.D. Horton.

    Sara Johnson, 27, of Cana, was driving a 2014 Honda Civic along Paul’s Creek near Flower Gap Road when she crossed the middle line and struck a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo driven by Patty Marsh, 46, also of Cana, according to the report.

    Damages were estimated at $10,000 to Johnson’s car and $6,500 to Marsh’s car.

  • Businesses thanked for contributions to school

    INDEPENDENCE — Two local individuals and their companies were recognized by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors this month for their contributions to assist the school system with the football stadium bleachers renovation project.

    Proclamations were approved and presented by the board to Randall Eller and Independence Lumber, and to Gus Hill and Hill’s Coal and Trucking, during the regular monthly meeting on Sept. 15.

    “These two companies contributed a lot to the bleacher project,” said County Administrator Jonathan Sweet.

  • Galax team finishes second in Great Race rally

    Staff Report

    The phrase “to finish is to win” took on real meaning when 84 antique vehicles crossed the finish line in Moline, Ill., out of 109 that started the 2016 Great Race in San Rafael, Cal.

    The Crooked Road Racers, a local team made up of members of Boy Scout Troop 188 and their leader and driver, Dr. Tom Littrell, competed in this year’s rally-style race. The Galax team placed second in the youth division and 46th overall. They drove Littrell’s 1928 Model A Ford Roadster Highboy over 2,500 miles.