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Today's News

  • Free credit monitoring offered in Anthem breach

    Anthem announced that former and current customers whose personal data may have been hacked in a cyberattack can sign up for two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection.

    Anthem’s Virginia spokesman, Scott Golden, said the health insurer is working with a vendor to provide services to those potentially affected by the attack, which is estimated to be some 80 million former and current customers and employees.

  • Grayson allocates more money for kids in need

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson supervisors approved an additional appropriation for funding to the county’s Comprehensive Services after recent expenditures show the initial $700,000 may not be enough.

    Department of Social Services director and Community Policy and Management Teams (CPMT) chair Tony Isom made the request to the board during its regular meeting last Thursday.

  • Civil, voting rights restored to 5,100 ex-offenders

    RICHMOND – Virginia has restored the civil and voting rights of over 5,100 ex-offenders, and Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced major changes to the restoration of rights application process for offenders of more serious crimes, including shortening the application from 13 pages to just one page and removing burdensome requirements such as notarization and letters to the governor.

  • Vaccinate for everyone's sake

    Doing everything you can to avoid spreading disease is among the most basic requirements of membership in a civil society. It has been for millennia.

    Trying to prevent the transmission of pathogens explains the laws in Leviticus, the development of modern sewer systems and the use of quarantine to stem epidemics.

    Throughout history, a person’s duty to prevent the spread of disease to his neighbors has been so fundamental that it has been largely uncontroversial. Then came modern America, which is in the middle of an entirely preventable measles outbreak.

  • Ex-police officer sentenced in sex-for-leniency case with local tie

    SALEM — A former Salem police officer will serve two-and-a-half years in prison for soliciting sexual favors in exchange for the promise of lenient sentences, and planning the acts with a cooperating defendant in Carroll County.

    In December 2014, former police detective Kevin Christopher Moore of Roanoke County pleaded guilty to soliciting and receiving sexual favors from a cooperating defendant, in exchange for recommending a more lenient sentence.

  • Legislature won't hear training center bill this session

    HILLSVILLE — Although a bill introduced in the General Assembly this year by Del. Jeff Campbell to keep the Southwest Virginia Training Center open has been tabled, local government officials are stepping up their efforts to save the facility.

    The Carroll County Board of Supervisors discussed House Bill 1614 — which made it through multiple subcommittees before being tabled for the session — at the Feb. 9 meeting.

  • Galax schools offer enriching experiences

    February brings the second remediation and enrichment intercession week of the year for Galax City Schools.

    Kids who need extra help in the key subjects of math and reading get a boost in the mornings, and everyone can enjoy enrichment classes in the afternoons.

    Making pinatas, videography, sign language, health and hygiene, basket weaving and how to make paper airplanes were some of the activities available.

  • Raising vehicle registration fee will pay for more troopers

    RICHMOND — The state Senate voted 30-6 on Tuesday to raise the vehicle registration fee $1.25 per year through 2024 to pay for raises for State Police troopers.

    Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) a former trooper, said the fee would add 70 troopers a year. “This will help us to retain the qualified, dedicated men that are increasingly leaving,” he said. “We don’t have enough troopers to protect the citizens of this commonwealth.”

    The current annual registration fee for most vehicles is $33.

  • Population report shows local gains and losses

    According to a study done by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, Virginia’s population has increased by less than 1 percent each year since 2010 — the commonwealth’s lowest growth rate in decades.

    Locally, Grayson County and Galax gained residents, while Carroll County lost some.

    With more than 8.3 million residents as of July 1, 2014, Virginia remains the nation’s 12th-largest state and ranks 10th in numerical gain between 2013 and 2014.

  • Galax City Council honors Eagle Scouts

    At Monday night’s meeting, Galax City Council awarded special recognition to Boy Scout Troop 188, especially five of its members who attained the rank of Eagle Scout — Jack Haga, Tate Haga (who was unable to attend), Denver Nuckolls, Graham Parks and Ian Schaeffer.

    The Scouts each received a certificate of recognition from council.