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Today's News

  • Galax gets $1.4M for 'Bottom' project

    The City of Galax has been awarded $1.4 million for the Galax Bottom Neighborhood Revitalization project to address storm drainage issues and blight of homes and businesses.
    Galax City Manager Keith Barker said the city was notified on Tuesday that it would receive the award from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The city will receive $800,000 now, and $600,000 later.
    “We’re very excited and pleased about the grant,” said Barker.

  • Doe Run restaurant to re-open

    Foodies and music fans could once again bask in sun or torchlight on the expansive patio of Doe Run when its restaurant opens again this summer.
    Deborah Simmons can remember when Doe Run was the must-visit destination for food and fun in the region, when she enjoyed musical entertainment on the patio herself.
    She wants to revive interest in the resort that straddles the Carroll-Patrick county line at Groundhog Mountain, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Vaughan retires after 5 decades behind the wheel

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    FRIES — Joe Vaughan of Fries attended an awards assembly at Fries School last month and had a surprised look on his face when he was called to the stage to receive an award from principal Elizabeth Brown.
    Vaughan wasn’t expecting an award that day, and he probably didn’t think he would drive a school bus for Grayson County for nearly 60 years, starting in 1954.

  • $10 fee for late-paid decals begins July 1

    A new Virginia law adds a $10 late fee if customers renew their vehicle registration decals from the Department of Motor Vehicles after they expire.
    “Unlike many other government agencies and private businesses, DMV does not currently charge a late fee,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. “As long as Virginians renew before their decals expire, this new fee will not affect them.”
    Customers are encouraged to renew decals at www.dmvNOW.com or via telephone at 1-888-337-4782.

  • Grayson school board honors Thomas

     

  • Coon Ridge water project receives state funding

    CLICK LINK AT BOTTOM OF STORY TO DOWNLOAD A LARGE MAP OF THE PROJECT AREA

  • Readers' Hotline 6/20/12

    Why were trees cut?
    Why did they cut down the beautiful Bradford Pear trees in front of the library in Hillsville? If you could find that answer out it would be good, because they were beautiful.
    Editor’s note: The pear trees were cut as part of the library renovation. They were getting too large and huge limbs were falling off, something that happens to older Bradford Pear trees. They were replaced with a kind of plum tree.

    Days of slavery

  • Grayson revises trash ordinance

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson residents that quality for the county’s tax relief programs for the elderly, disabled and disabled veterans will no longer be required to pay for trash collection, after supervisors approved changes to the county’s solid waste disposal and collection ordinance earlier this month.
    Supervisors held a public hearing during their regular June meeting to discuss potential changes to the 3-year-old ordinance, which has not been very popular since it was enacted on July 1, 2009.

  • Localities oppose natural gas company's plans

    RICHMOND — Three Twin County localities have joined forces to oppose a private company’s natural gas construction project and service, preferring to take on the utility service themselves.
    Carroll County Industrial Development Authority has been working with Roanoke Natural Gas on a plan to provide a natural gas connection to Mohawk in Hillsville after years of inaction by Atmos Energy.

  • Carroll grand jury issues 219 indictments

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County grand jury has leveled new charges at Richard Austin Williams, who allegedly tried to steal a car in January but got shot instead by his would-be victims,
    The grand jury issued a direct indictment for new charges during Monday’s session.
    Williams, 23, of Woodlawn is charged with trying to steal a Chevy Impala that was parked for sale at Dawn Auction in Hillsville.