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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Readers Hotline 2/11/15

    Expensive tastes
    This blew my mind when I read in the Hotline the person fussing about somebody wanting cigarettes and pop and said they could barely afford to keep themselves up. Cigarettes and pop cost a fortune. How can they afford that if they are on a fixed income like I am? That’s ridiculous.

    Teachers first

  • Public record for 2/11/15 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in July in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:
    Placido Hernandez Bido of Wytheville, guilty of hunt/trap/fish without a license; pay $125 fine and $121 costs.

  • Woman charged with embezzling from rescue squad

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax woman has been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury for allegedly embezzling funds from the Baywood Search and Rescue Squad.

    Nancy Lane Christman, 51, was one of those named in several sealed indictments handed down by the grand jury that met Jan. 22. The indictments were recently unsealed after the suspects were charged.

  • Allen achieves dream as new head of Joy Ranch

    WOODLAWN — Joy Ranch Christian Home for Children welcomed Brian Allen to the staff as the facility’s new director on Monday.

    This new addition has concluded a lengthy search for a director for the children’s home and ministry in Carroll County. Allen will fill the position left by Tim Lewis, and filled temporarily by Mary Hutchins.

  • Five vehicles involved in two wrecks

    Two separate motor vehicle accidents occurred Sunday evening at almost the same time; both happened on U.S. 58 at 58 Grocery and Deli, according to Virginia State Trooper D.A. Phipps, who investigated both incidents.

  • Senate OKs bill to freeze electricity rate, halt reviews

    RICHMOND — The Senate voted Friday for a five-year timeout on state reviews of a majority of electric utilities’ profits, while freezing base electric rates for the same time period.

    SB1349, sponsored by Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach), passed 32-6. It now goes to the House of Delegates for review and a vote.

  • American Mirror cited for worker's death

    American Mirror in Galax has received a Virginia Occupational Safety & Health Administration citation regarding the 2014 death of a maintenance worker, according to the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry, which is still conducting an investigation.

    Benjamin Lee Hancock, 37, of Hillsville, died on July 23, 2014, at the company’s plant on East Stuart Drive in Galax, when he became trapped in a piece of equipment and suffocated, according to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.