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Today's News

  • Spurlin repeats, Lawrence takes second

    SALEM –– For the wrestlers who reached the championship round of the Virginia High School League state wrestling tournament last year, there was an excruciating wait of some 30 hours between the semifinals and the finals. In an effort to get the 2015 event concluded before another wave of winter weather hit Southwest Virginia, states were condensed into one afternoon and evening Friday at the Salem Civic Center.

    Galax’s Caleb Spurlin did his part to speed things along.

  • State completes investigation of fatal accident

    FRIES — C&B Lumber in Fries has received a citation from the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Program, after an investigation of an accident resulting in the death of an employee in 2014.

    The citation involved paperwork, and the company was not found to be at fault in the worker’s death.

  • Few children in Va. haven't been vaccinated

    A flurry of measles infections around the country— most linked to the exposure of several dozen people to the virus at Disneyland in California — has made national headlines.

    But Virginia has yet to report a single case this year. One possible reason, according to public health officials: few children in the state are opting out of the school-required vaccine.

    In the 2013-14 school year, 446 kindergartners in Virginia applied for a nonmedical exemption from vaccines, a low number compared with other states.

  • Where's the fire? Siren activity often weather-related

    Galax citizens may have noticed an unusually high rate of activity by the city’s siren lately. So, where’s the fire?

    According to Capt. Mike Ayers of the fire department, often there isn’t one.

  • This week's General Assembly action

    RICHMOND — A Senate committee on Tuesday killed a bill that would prevent police from seizing assets in a criminal case unless a defendant were convicted or entered a plea agreement.

    The measure (HB1287) passed the House of Delegates 92-6 earlier this month and passed the Senate Courts of Justice Committee 11-2 last week.

    However, the Senate Finance Committee killed it on Feb. 17, and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment said it would be studied by the State Crime Commission.

  • Public record for 2/18/15 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Aug. 1-15 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers Hotline 2/18/15

    Lost and found
    There is an orange and white work zone barrel in my yard on Branch Street. So, if the city is missing one or someone else is, it is in my yard. Just come by and pick it up.

    Wonderful story
    What a wonderful story you have written about — Tommy Adams. Very touching, moving, inspirational. You deserve all the kudos. Great job.

    Audit the rec

  • With 2 weeks to go, a look at lawmakers' progress

    RICHMOND — With two weeks left in Virginia’s annual legislative session, lawmakers still have hundreds of bills on table.

    The House and Senate have each completed work on their respective bills and before their Feb. 28 adjournment are now considering bills passed by the other chamber.

    Some prominent issues, including tightening ethics rules for elected officials and keeping intact a prohibition on Medicaid expansion, have largely been resolved. Legislators also are close to agreement on updates to the state budget.

  • Fries rec reboots as community center

    FRIES — In the wake of the Fries Recreation Center Board’s dissolution in December, a new group has worked to continue the town’s recreational and tourism operations under a new umbrella.

    At Fries Town Council’s Feb. 3 meeting, Denny Brooms, chairman of the newly formed Fries Community Center Board, gave the mayor and council members a summary of their activities since January.

  • Parent urges attendance policy change

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Yogi Berra wasn’t at the Feb. 9 Grayson County School Board meeting. But if he had been, the famed baseball figure, well-known for his witticisms, might have used one of his more recognized ones to describe it – “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”

    Once again, the issue of the school system’s attendance policy arose, as it has in most of the board’s more recent meetings.