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Today's News

  • Dog mauling death suspects headed to court

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE – Two Grayson County residents charged in the dog attack death of a 15-month-old girl have pending court dates.

    A Grayson Circuit Court grand jury met on Oct. 28 and indicted Terra Lynn Connell and John Terry Underwood on charges involving the January death of Payton Lyrik Sawyers, who was killed by the couple’s dog, according to police reports.

  • ON THE BALLOT: NOV. 8, 2016

    Staff Reports

    The debates are history. The barrage of TV ads is almost over. The signs will not sway much longer in your neighbor’s yard. You’ve (hopefully) made up your mind by now.

    Tuesday is Election Day. Finally.

  • Two injured in Hebron Road wreck

    A two-vehicle accident on Hebron Road in Galax on Thursday afternoon at 4:18 p.m. left multiple injuries but no fatalities, according to Virginia State Trooper Charlie Delp.

    A 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Dennis Matthew Higgins, 21, of Woodlawn, pulled out of Mount Zion Road onto Hebron Road when his vehicle was struck by a 2006 Pontiac Vibe driven by Mary Lucille Wyatt, 58, of Independence.

    Wyatt and a passenger were transported from the scene for treatment of what Delp described as moderate injuries. Both vehicles were totaled.

  • Voters will decide on labor union amendment

    Landmark News Service

    Virginia has had a right-to-work law since 1947 governing organized labor.

    The law forbids an employer from requiring union membership as a condition of employment.

    Republicans in the General Assembly want to go a step further, and Virginia voters will decide Tuesday whether to make that provision of state law part of the state constitution.

  • City council recognizes coach, police officers

    At the Oct. 24 Galax City Council meeting, special recognition was presented to a Galax High School coach and three Galax Police Department detectives.

    Veteran theater coach B.J. Carroll was lauded for her induction into the 2016 Virginia High School League Hall of Fame. Carroll is the GHS coach with the most wins, leading theatrical teams to the state championships six times and coaching numerous state best actor award winners.

  • Tractor-trailer overturns in Independence

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A North Dakota man was charged in a single-vehicle accident after overturning a tractor-trailer along the New River Valley Parkway on Nov. 1.

    According to a report from Virginia State Trooper J.E. Tilson, Anthony Lee Smith, 60, of West Fargo, N.D., was operating a 2000 Camp Peterbilt tractor trailer along the parkway when he ran off the right side of the roadway, hit an embankment and overturned into a fence. The accident occurred around 5 p.m.

  • 'A life like ours' for SWVTC residents

    HILLSVILLE — When state legislators toured the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Hillsville last week, they didn’t find a cold, clinical institution. Instead, they visited a neighborhood of cottages that looked like many other residential neighborhoods.

    Trash cans sat at the curb for garbage days. Pumpkins decorated lawns for the Halloween holiday. Bedrooms were decorated to the occupants’ wishes. A resident returning from work off-campus welcomed a visitor inside to show them around.

  • Assistance available for problems at the polls

    Staff Report

    Virginia voters who are denied access or have other problems at the polls this Election Day are encouraged to call or write the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia for help.

    ACLU staff will take calls at (804) 644-8080 and respond to emails sent to acluva@acluva.org throughout Election Day on Nov. 8.

  • Training center admissions on decline

    At the Oct. 27 public hearing sponsored by the special joint subcommittee of the Virginia Senate Finance Committee, Dr. Jack Barber, interim commissioner for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, outlined facts and figures from all the training centers across the state that have already closed or are in the process of closing.

    Barber’s presentation updated the public on the training center closures. To begin, he showed a graph illustrating the census information from 2000 to October of this year.

  • Readers Hotline 11/2/16

    Federal spending
    Well, you stuck that Tea Party and Republican junk in and voted and look what a mess we are in now. I hope you are not thinking about still voting for a Republican after the do-nothing Congress has cut funds for veterans, teachers, nurses, doctors, schools. Anything that is important. Yet, Sen. Mitch McConnell was able to spend millions on the rich side of Kentucky for a fancy park, but that’s okay. People need to think about what they are doing. That First Lady would not be suitable either on that Republican side, if you ask me.