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Today's News

  • City to hold info meeting on new stormwater fee

    Staff Report

    A public information meeting regarding Galax’s new Stormwater Management Ordinance will be held on Sept. 26.

    City staff will provide general information on the program and the annual stormwater utility fee charge that will be included with Galax residents’ 2016 property tax invoices.

    Staff will also provide a short presentation on the program and development of the stormwater utility fee charge. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period for the public.

  • Grayson gets $700K for housing rehab

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County has been awarded a $700,000 grant in support of the Eagle Bottom Housing Rehabilitation Project.

    The announcement came Sept. 16, in a notification on behalf of Gov. Terry McAuliffe, from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, according to a news release from the county on Friday.

    The money will come in the form of a Community Development Block Grant.

  • Readers Hotline 9/21/16

    Go vote  

  • Brothers celebrate birthdays

    Nolan Jay Spurlin celebrated his fourth birthday on Aug. 8, and his brother Luke Ryan Spurlin celebrated his second birthday on Aug. 29. They are the sons of Jason Spurlin and Jill Cockerham.

    Their grandparents are Mike and Anita Spurlin of Baywood and Danny and Carolyn Cockerham of Galax. Great-grandparents are Louise Diamond and Rubye Cockerham, both of Galax.

  • Devines turn 90

    A 90th birthday anniversary party was held for John (Jack) Devine and his wife Wanda Devine at the home of Jerry and Bobbie Fridley. They celebrated with family and friends.

    They are the parents of a son and spouse, Jacky Devine and Alice of Independence; and daughters, Sandy Cox and Bobbie Fridley of Galax. They have seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

  • Public record for 9/21/16 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in January in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Readers Hotline 9/19/16

    Finding hope

  • Vaughan wants to carry on predecessor's school goals

    INDEPENDENCE — Philip Vaughan, interim at-large member of the Grayson County School Board, has filed as a candidate in a special election Nov. 8 for the remainder of the term, following the sudden death of Vaughan’s friend and former board member Tim “T.T.” Carico.

    Vaughan, a Fries native and graduate of the school system, was selected by the board in August to serve as the at-large member for the remainder of the year. The special election will determine who holds the spot for the next three years, beginning in 2017.

  • VDOT completes Laurel Fork section of U.S. 58 project

    Staff Report

    LAUREL FORK — Another section of U.S. 58 has been completed in Southwest Virginia.

    Branch Highways said last week that it has finished widening an 8.2-mile segment that crosses Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties and moves the Commonwealth closer to completing the 36-mile corridor between Hillsville and Stuart.

  • Candidates give up privacy when seeking White House

    Hillary Clinton’s health isn’t a private matter anymore. Neither are her finances.

    Same goes for Donald Trump.

    It’s a fact of life in American politics today that voters expect a level of disclosure that would violate good taste, if not privacy laws, were it expected from anyone other than the men and women who want to be president.

    Too bad; these people are running for the highest office in the land, and that demands the highest level of disclosure.