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Today's News

  • Trail work underway in Independence

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Phase II construction of the Grayson County Enhancement Trail is nearly complete, as workers continue to connect the sidewalk from Nautilus Way Road to Industrial Lane in East Independence.

    The construction crew, King General Contractors Inc., is scheduled to complete the project by Dec. 1, according to Elaine Holeton, project manager and Grayson’s director of planning and community development.

  • Galax explains new stormwater fee

    City Engineer Edwin Ward’s recent public presentation on Galax’s new stormwater ordinance and fee was lightly attended, but the meeting was informative about what it means to citizens and businesses.

    While detailed, Ward’s presentation explained simply the general need for stormwater management: “[it] is undertaken to prevent increased soil erosion damage as a result of increased and concentrated stormwater runoff from property development.”

  • State will lay out plans for training center closing

    HILLSVILLE – Citizens will have the opportunity to voice their concerns regarding the closure of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center, when members of the state’s Senate Finance Committee hold a public hearing at the mental health facility in Hillsville on Oct. 28.

    According to Maria Reppas, communications director with the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, members of a special joint subcommittee with the Senate Finance Committee will be hosting the event at the center.

  • Scammers get political with survey con

    The Better Business Bureau warns to steer clear of political polling calls that promise gift cards in exchange for taking a voter survey. Survey cons are common, but the U.S. presidential campaign gives scammers a timely elections twist.

    The BBB explains how the scam works. You get a call from someone claiming to be conducting a political survey. The pollster wants to ask you questions about the upcoming presidential election. In exchange for a few minutes of your time and your opinions, you will get a gift card or other reward.

  • Grant pays for school security measures

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools will use a $66,464 School Security Equipment Grant from the state to pay for new security equipment at four facilities.

    New equipment was requested in applications for Grayson County High School, Grayson County High Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center, Grayson Highlands School and Independence Middle School.

  • Voter registration deadline extended

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — A federal judge ordered voting registration for the Nov. 8 election to immediately reopen in Virginia following the state's online registration website malfunctioning on Sunday and Monday.

    The deadline to register is now 11:59 p.m. Friday, according to a civil rights group that filed a lawsuit.

  • Galax police make felony arrests

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included forgery, felony shoplifting, drug violations and perjury.

    • Heather Combs Lytton, 45, of Galax, was charged on Oct. 9 by Officer T.B. Jefferson for felony perjury (falsely swearing an oath).

    • Peggy Longshore Tucker, 66, of Galax, was charged on Oct. 11 by Officer Darrin Alley for felony petit larceny (third offense).

  • Wilmore: no conflict with coaches on board

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County’s school superintendent and the school system’s attorney say that volunteer coaches are allowed to serve on the school board, citing state code.

    At an Oct. 10 meeting, Tracy “Zeke” Anderson, a candidate for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board, went before the board to request the resignations of two members, Randy Shinault and Philip Vaughan.

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  • Carroll's top teacher earns training award

    A teacher at Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County has received an award that will provide her with specialized training in reading and spelling.

    Sheila Hommema, a kindergarten teacher at Oakland and Carroll County’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, has received a Lucile Cornetet Individual Professional Development Award from the Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) Educational Foundation.