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Today's News

  • Meadow Street closed for storm drain repairs

    Storm drainage repairs begin this week on Meadow Street (the truck route) at Shaw Street, near Southern States and CVS Pharmacy in Galax.

    The closure will probably last for two weeks, according to the Galax Police Department.

    Businesses in that area will be open during the repair project and are accessible via Givens Street. CVS is accessible via East Stuart Drive.

    The road will be closed to through traffic between the Grayson Street and Shaw Street intersections, but there will still be access to the businesses in the affected area.

  • Readers Hotline 3/16/15

    Touched by response
    To the first responders, the EMS people, the doctors and nurses. I think you are all heroes in the wake of the fire affecting the Delp family. I am proud to live in this community and I fully appreciate every one of them. Thank you and God bless.

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  • Herrington seeking re-election as court clerk

    INDEPENDENCE — Susan M. Herrington has announced that she will seek the Republican nomination for re-election to the office of clerk of Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Her career in the clerk’s office started in 1982, under then-clerk Robert M. Morton Jr., as an accounting clerk and microfilm technician.

    Upon Morton’s retirement, she continued in the office after Charles Sturgill became clerk in 1991.

  • Carroll schools could cut positions

    HILLSVILLE — Due to a decline in student enrollment and a lack of state funding, the Carroll County School Board will be forced this year to consider cutting 13 to 15 staff positions within the school system for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget.

  • Grayson parents to board: don't close IMS

    INDEPENDENCE – Concerned citizens, parents and administrators took time to speak to the Grayson County School Board during the public comments portion of the board’s regular meeting on March 9, as board members continue to discuss where to cut the education budget.

    The board is facing more than $3.4 million in cuts for next year’s budget, mostly due to a drop in enrollment.

    In addition to potentially cutting 20 staff positions, the board is looking at options that could close some county schools and move students to those kept open:

  • HES receives 'Toolbox for Education' grant

    The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $4,780 grant to Hillsville Elementary School to be used for an outdoor learning center.

    Hillsville Elementary was one of more than 500 U.S. schools to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant improvement projects during the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Woman charged after traffic stop turns up drugs

    Erica G. McDonald, 45, of Galax, was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop on March 2, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    McDonald was arrested by officers Drew Burnett and Silverio Gonzales for possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

    The suspected narcotics were discovered after the observations of the officers resulted in the search of the vehicle McDonald was operating, the report said.

    She was released on bond pending her appearance in the Galax General District Court.

  • Rescue squads working to improve

    In areas across the commonwealth, volunteer rescue agencies are struggling against the perfect storm: a rise in calls for service and a fall in recruitment.

    Due to financial strains and federal regulations, it’s even harder now than it was several years ago for rescue squads to find volunteers. Though people are willing to sign up, some just don’t have the money or the time to complete the necessary training for certification.

  • Fatal fire ruled accidental

    The fatal house fire that took the lives of three young children on Glendale Road on March 5 has been officially ruled an accident, according to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    The investigation — which involved the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Virginia State Fire Marshal’s office — has determined the fire was the result of a child playing with a cigarette lighter and a candle, according to the report released on March 13. The fire started in the kitchen area.

  • Metal festival spotlights growing music scene

    INDEPENDENCE — Ten metal bands from across the southeast threw down their heaviest tracks for the Leprechaun Bash Metal Festival at the Independence VFW Post 7726 from March 6-7. The event was the first-ever two-night heavy metal festival in Southwest Virginia.