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Today's News

  • Grayson weighing bleacher options

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Public Schools will hire an engineering group to provide options for bleacher replacement after school board members approved the expense at their regular meeting this month.

    The school division has been looking at using some leftover grant money (roughly $206,000) for the bleachers at the high school – which are in dire need of replacement and pose a safety hazard.

    Superintendent Kevin Chalfant previously provided the board with three options:

  • Galax citizens reform beautification committee

    Longtime Galax residents will remember the efforts of Eloise and Frank Vass — a married couple, now retired to a nursing facility in Charlotte, N.C. — who spearheaded efforts to beautify the city in years pass.

    Mary Guynn — Eloise’s sister, and formerly a city council member — remembers their work well, and she wants to evoke the spirit of the Vasses through her own latest project: another beautification committee.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/21/14

    Out of control
    The U.S. government is out of control and the fault lies on both of the main parties. The U.S. is being sold down the river. Unless we throw out an anchor, we are going over the falls. Big government is not an answer. It is the big problem. The economy of the U.S. is strangled with regulations and unsure taxes and now insurance problems. All the problems come from what were originally good ideas but the results of overzealous leaders have resulted in death of the U.S.

    No free rides

  • On the path to a cure for cancer

    Relay for Life brings together people from all walks of life in a common cause

    By Judy Beasley, Galax/Carroll Relay for Life

  • Tougher DUI laws making a difference

    Ten years ago, state lawmakers looked at a high-profile DUI case, listened to law enforcement and said, “Enough is enough.”

    A bipartisan group drafted more than 70 bills seeking to stiffen penalties and enact near-zero-tolerance for repeat offenders.

    Did it work?

    DUI fatalities in Virginia have dropped by 21 percent since 2005, according to Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles statistics. Crashes related to drinking and driving have fallen about 30 percent. Convictions for the offense have stayed relatively steady.

  • BBQ contest adds People's Choice award

    This year’s 10th Annual Smoke on the Mountain barbecue contest will be held July 18-19 in downtown Galax.

    For the first time, the public will have a chance to vote in a People’s Choice contest, sponsored by Horton's Supermarket of Galax.

  • BBQ contest expanding this year

    The Smoke on the Mountain, Virginia’s state BBQ championship, has received more space in downtown Galax for this weekend’s event after city council voted to allow an expansion at Monday night’s meeting.

    Owing to its growing number of contestants, Smoke on the Mountain Site Director Ron Passmore asked the City of Galax to afford the festival more space in the downtown area.

  • Yonce named interim police chief

    HILLSVILLE — After two hours of deliberation during a closed session on July 14, members of the Hillsville Town Council settled on a plan of action to select a new police chief for the Hillsville Police Department.

    After coming out of closed session, a motion was made to advertise for the spot left vacant by former chief Greg Bolen, who tendered his resignation on June 30.

  • Carroll wins appeal, will get back federal funds

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Public Service Authority has won its appeal of a take-back of $266,167.20 that federal officials initially said had been improperly used for a utility project.

    PSA Chairman Sam Dickson was notified that a federal appeals hearing officer has reversed the USDA-Rural Development decision that said the PSA improperly used funds allocated in the Fancy Gap sewer project for construction of the Joy Ranch Road sewer line extension.

    As a result, the PSA will receive all of the disputed money back in a refund from USDA-RD.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/16/14

    Local soap opera