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Today's News

  • Pay raise top priority for Grayson teachers

    INDEPENDENCE – Salary increases are once again the top request from the Grayson County Education Association for the 2013-14 school year.
    GCEA President Arnold Hash presented the school board with his top priority for educators after surveying those working across the division earlier this month.
    Hash said although only 48 percent of the school system staff completed the survey, it gave him “valuable insight into what was important.”

  • Governor proposes $2M more for veteran programs

    RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell proposes to pump $2 million into programs that aid veterans.
    Among them are initiatives to help veterans find employment, provide home improvement grants to certain wounded vets and to increase funding to assist military survivors and dependents with education expenses.
    McDonnell has said his objective is “making Virginia the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.”

  • Tire theft charges dismissed

    INDEPENDENCE — A husband and wife arrested in connection with the alleged theft of four tires from Independence Tire have had their grand larceny charges dismissed.
    Ezra Allen Royal, 55, and Nellie Victoria Lisle Royal, 44, both of Galax, appeared in Grayson County General District Court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 14.
    The felony charges were dismissed after the judge found no evidence to send the case to a grand jury.

  • Training center report questioned

    RICHMOND — Virginia officials point to positive outcomes in transitioning intellectually and developmentally disabled people from training centers, as they seek to close four such facilities and shrink a fifth to 75 beds.
    The state faces resistance from parent groups that opposed the idea of moving residents from these facilities — like the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County — into community-based care.

  • Bill to keep training center open fails this year

    RICHMOND — A bill to spare the Southwestern Virginia Training Center from closing has been laid aside by the General Assembly, according to the legislation’s patron.
    Del. Anne B. Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville) reported that House Bill 1669 has been tabled, apparently for the duration of this year’s legislative session.

  • Galax police investigate theft from local business

    Galax Police Officer A.M. Burnett is investigating a breaking and entering and larceny that occurred at Minks Auto Sales on Glendale Road on January 12.
    The department requests that those who have any information relevant to this investigation call 236-8101 or text "Galax" followed by any information to TIP411(847411)

  • Snow socks the Twin Counties

    UPDATED 1/21/13 — Four days after the Jan. 17 storm that dumped a foot of snow on the area, Appalachian Power Co. reported on Monday that Grayson County still had the most people in the region without electricity.
    There were an estimated 2,355 powerless in Grayson, or about 23 percent of customers, down from 6,000 outages the day of the storm.
    On Monday, Carroll County had 858 customers without power (down from 2,300 on Jan. 17)  and Galax had 311 (up a bit from the 243 without power the day of the storm.)

  • No more cleaning house in Carroll elections

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County will have a big election and a smaller election with the beginning of staggered terms this year.
    This move will mean voters will not be able to elect an entirely new slate of supervisors or school board members in one election, as has been the case in the past.

  • Grayson pays bonuses after saving on insurance

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved a new ordinance earlier this month allowing the county the option to provide bonuses to its employees.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet prefaced the public hearing on Jan. 10 by pointing out that, according to state law, the county must pass the ordinance in order to provide any type of bonus above the salary for any of its employees.
    Sweet said the ordinance was brought up by the fact that most jurisdictions provide their employees with some form of bonus, usually around the holidays.

  • Investigators face mystery of man's identity

    ROANOKE — The chances of identifying the remains of an unknown subject found near Timber Road in Cana on April 1, 2012, hover around 10 percent, the assistant chief medical examiner for Virginia’s Western District said at a press conference Wednesday.
    The remains were found by a person picking up trash along the road.
    The investigation did not uncover the subject’s identity, so the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office sent the remains to the medical examiner’s office for help.