Today's News

  • Conservatory presents 'The Grinch' this weekend


  • Readers' Hotline 12/7/11

    Rate rant
    Well, well, Appalachian Power got its rate increase. Wonder why? They give large contributions to our governor for his re-election. He had a chance to sign a bill a couple of months ago that would have helped us with our APCo bills. I don’t understand. I think everybody ought to think about the next election and kick his hind end out of there. And, along with it, get the representative, too. You know who I am talking about. Maybe we need Rick Boucher back really bad.

  • Work for U.S. 58 in Laurel Fork on the way

    RICHMOND — State officials have found funding to advance widening of U.S. 58, including a five-mile segment in Laurel Fork, according to a news release from Gov. Bob McDonnell.

    The governor said the Virginia Department of Transportation drove the project forward through its public-private contract with construction company Branch Highways. It follows on the bumper of completion of U.s. 58 improvements at Hillsville.

  • Three hunters charged

    Three hunters have been charged in connection with an alleged deer spotlighting incident that occurred in the Flat Ridge community of Grayson County on Nov. 25.
    Spotlighting — using lights to hunt deer at night — is illegal in Virginia.
    Virginia Conservation Police Officer Jason Harris charged the following:
    • Roy McKinley Payne of Galax, charged with spotlighting deer, no hunting license, no big game stamp

  • Grant helped market sell $1.3M more in produce


  • 2011: A Year of Weird Weather


  • Residential values fall, commercial property rises

    The a recent tax reassessment of 3,900 Galax homes and commercial properties indicated that the value of homes fell by 2 percent while the value of commercial property rose by 2 percent, said David Hankley, commissioner of revenue for the city.
    “So, it essentially remained unchanged from the last reassessment in 2008,” said Hankley. “Everything remained flat.”
    Over the past three years, Galax has seen about a 30 percent reduction in the number of homes sold, he noted.

  • Readers' Hotline 12/5/11

    No respect

  • Phase III work ready to begin

    HILLSVILLE — Preliminary work for phase III school construction projects could begin as early as today, Monday, with demolition at Carroll County High.
    Schools Superintendent Greg Smith said that contractor New Atlantic has obtained all the permits necessary to begin its tasks at the high school.
    Weather permitting, contractors will prepare to add new classrooms and locker rooms at the field house at the high school by removing the asphalt to the south of the building, in the fenced in area.

  • Rooftop hires interim director

    The board of directors has named Christine Thompson as interim executive director of Rooftop of Virginia, after Rooftop’s former director and human resources manager were charged with embezzlement.
    Thompson, who has served at another community action program for 30 years, began in the position last Thursday. Thompson worked at Clinch Valley Community Action Program as deputy director for 23 years and executive director for the last 11 years.