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Today's News

  • McDonnell: Virginia hasn't approved Medicaid expansion

    RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell wants the Obama administration to know that Virginia has not approved expansion of Medicaid under the federal health reform law, and that he won’t authorize it “given the vast reform required to make our program cost effective.”

  • Fugitive sought in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a man they characterize as a potentially dangerous fugitive. On March 7, the department issued an alert for Randy Lee Anders, warning that the “subject is possibly armed with a shotgun and a knife and has made threats toward law enforcement.”

  • Alliance advocates drones for police use

    In 2011, four deputies in Buchanan County were gunned down in a wooded area where spotting the sniper was difficult from the ground.
    Every day, police enter situations where they rely on their line of sight to spot danger. Some law enforcement agencies are seeing the need for an “eye in the sky” to watch over officers.
    Drone aircraft — also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) — are poised to move from military to civilian use soon.

  • Galax man charged with arson

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Galax police arrested Doyal Ray Blankenship Jr., 52, of Galax on Tuesday and charged him with arson after firefighters fought a blaze at a home in West Galax that morning.
    Blankenship was charged after the Galax Fire Department received a call to a structure fire on Waugh Drive, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Winery, cider maker win silver medals

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Five years ago, a seed was planted that started the process of turning Noel and Peggy Belcher’s dream of owning a winery into a reality. Three years ago, the foundation was put down and the walls went up, creating a home for that dream. Two years ago, Mt. Vale Vineyard’s doors finally opened.
    Today, the founders’ dream continues to grow and thrive. After Peggy Belcher’s passing in 2012, each success becomes a fitting tribute to her memory.

  • Show to benefit Galax musician

    An upcoming benefit concert will help pay for a fitting memorial for a late local musician.
    Proceeds from the March 16 concert at Galax’s historic Rex Theater will be donated towards a cemetery stone for Artie Marshall (1927-2003).
    On March 16, Artie’s husband Jim Marshall will perform at the Rex with many of his musical friends, including Stevie Barr & Friends, The Wolfe Brothers, Kyle-Dean & Snake Smith, Willard Gayheart & Bobby Patterson, Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones and other special guests.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/6/13

    Sickly cycle
    We keep our kids home when they are sick. We don’t have time limits when they get sick. The school calls, we have to go for a meeting and are told our kids cannot miss more school. So, we send them to school. More get sick. What is up with this?

    Separate vacations

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  • Grayson developing 'roadmap to the future'

    The Grayson County Planning Commission is developing a "good roadmap to the future" through its yearlong effort to update its comprehensive plan.
    "The goal is to produce an action-based plan that addresses the current needs and future challenges," said Elaine Holeton, director of the county’s Department of Planning and Community Development.
    State code requires each locality in Virginia to draft a comprehensive plan at least once every 10 years. Grayson’s last plan was drafted in 2005, with re-adoption in 2009.

  • Study: trail plan won't infringe on property rights

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The Crooked Road, Virginia’s heritage music trail, has proposed that its coverage region of 19 counties and four cities in Southwest Virginia be designated as a National Heritage Area, “based on the region’s unique musical heritage and its significant role in the formation of American music,” according to a press release provided by the organization.