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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 4/19/17

    Trail improvements
    Kudos to the New River Trail Park staff who recently worked on improving the trail. I really appreciate the widening and smoothing of the surface and the new gravel put down. It has made a beautiful place even nicer. I hope everyone that has the opportunity will take a walk on it and enjoy this treasure we have in our own back yard.

    Who are they?

  • Galax arrests include felony larceny, drug possession

    Two people are charged with felony larceny for a break-in in Galax last week.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Sgt. Mark Burnett and officers John Reavis and Tyler Houk responded to a report of suspicious activity on Mill Street.

    “While they were investigating, Houk observed three individuals flee from a residence in an obvious attempt to avoid detection,” Chief Rick Clark. said. “He gave chase and ultimately detained the three after a short foot chase.”

  • 10 Carroll roads set for improvement

    HILLSVILLE – Ten roads in Carroll County should receive improvements this year, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s proposed six-year road plan.

    Representatives from VDOT were present at the April 10 meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to discuss the plan and hold a public hearing on road improvements in the county.

  • Public record for 4/19/17 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in November of 2016 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Crash flips vehicle onto parked car

    HILLSVILLE – A wreck in Hillsville on Tuesday sent one woman to the hospital and caused significant damage after her car flipped over upside down onto a parked vehicle.

    The accident occurred shortly after noon at 300 North Main Street in Hillsville.

  • Independence apartment fire investigated

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the former Ogle’s Restaurant building Saturday.

    According to a report from the fire department, the department arrived at the building on South Independence Avenue on April 15 at 11:47 p.m. At the scene, firefighters discovered flames coming out of two windows on the second floor of the building.

  • Enrollment down at WCC

    Enrollment at Wytheville Community College has dropped slightly from last year – 2,359 as opposed to the previous 2,434, WCC President Dr. Dean Sprinkle said in his annual report to Galax City Council.

    At the April 10 council meeting, Sprinkle said 225 students this year are from Galax, compared to 240 the year before; and 70 Galax High School students took dual enrollment classes for college credit, down from 74 last year.

  • Readers Hotline 4/17/17

    Wrong priority
    This call is regarding Gov. McAuliffe proposing an amendment to prevent law-abiding citizens from purchasing a handgun. I would just like to say he needs to worry more about getting rid of the illegal people and the people who are coming here trying to do things illegally rather than worrying about law-abiding citizens and what they are doing. He needs to start worrying about trying to keep guns away from people who don’t want to follow the law, not the people who do.

  • The high cost of fighting crime

    We all want law and order, safe neighborhoods and criminals taken off the streets. It’s one of the main things we expect our local governments to provide.

    But what many don’t know is the high cost of safety, especially in terms of incarceration.

    This was brought into focus last week at a Carroll Board of Supervisors’ budget meeting, when it was revealed that the county’s cost of keeping prisoners at the New River Valley Regional Jail would increase by $400,000 next fiscal year.

  • Advice you can take to the bank

    INDEPENDENCE ― In today’s economy, having money often isn’t enough.

    Being able to manage what you have is the key, and a new service in the Twin Counties has empowered an agent to help people stabilize and improve their finances.

    Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Demi Sexton, an employee of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, provides financial planning services for residents of Grayson and Carroll counties and the city of Galax through a new position was created by a partnership between Extension and United Way of Southwest Virginia.