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Today's News

  • Updated: Firefighters battle blaze at Webb Furniture

    Galax firefighters responded to an incident at the Webb Furniture plant on Jackson Street about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday when a press there caught on fire.
    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department sought mutual aid from Hillsville and Independence fire departments after the reports of a machine burning came in at the chip board plant, said Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

  • Taylor, MacInnis to marry

    Ronnie and Karen Taylor of Fries announce the engagement of their daughter, April Nicole Taylor, to Ian David MacInnis, son of Bran and Kim MacInnis of Christiansburg.

    Taylor is a graduate of Radford University and is employed by Brown, Edwards & Co. CPAs.
    MacInnis is a graduate of Radford University and is employed at the NRV Regional Jail.
    A December wedding is planned.  

  • Viers, Quesenberry united in marriage

    Brandon Quesenberry and Nicole Viers were married Nov. 17, 2012, at Blacksburg Baptist church.
    The reception was held at Lane Stadium’s south end zone section at Virginia Tech.

    Quesenberry is the son of Don and Cheryl Quesenberry of Hillsville. His grandparents are Clyde Lineberry of Hillsville and Darlene Quesenberry of Sylvatus.
    Viers is the daughter of Josh and Dreama Viers of Abingdon.
    The couple took a honeymoon cruise to the Western Caribbean.

  • Public record for 7/24/13 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded April 19-May 2 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Road repairs underway after storms

    At this point, no one in the Twin County area is surprised when they hear the weather forecast announce a heavy rain or thunderstorm.
    And for the past couple of months, the storms have become so prolonged and severe, they have caused a level of structural damage that will take time and money to come back from.
    Galax Public Works Director Charles Joyce has had every available hand working on street repairs since a series of storms hit Galax over the past several weeks.

  • Hospital looks to future

    After researching what the community is looking for in health and wellness, Twin County Regional Healthcare has begun taking strides in that direction.
    Hospital CEO Jon Applebaum presented several examples of recent progress at a joint meeting of TCRH community advisory groups on July 18.
    “There is a lot of progress going on,” Applebaum began. “We have a lot of definitive plans with new physicians arriving and new services, as well as other things we are planning.”

  • Grayson supervisors consider zoning amendment

    INDEPENDENCE — Supervisor David Sexton voiced concerns about Grayson County’s zoning ordinance during the board’s July 11 meeting.
    Specifically, Sexton questioned article 4.6, which sets the required 40-foot right-of-way for a principal structure.
    Sexton raised questions about the code due to comments and concerns he had received from citizens.

  • Galax lands $1.2M in grants so far this year

    After Carroll County had to eliminate grants administrator Brenda Marrah’s position with the county due to budget cuts in 2011, the City of Galax wasted no time in snapping her up.
    Right away, she set to work bringing in a flood of federal, state and private grants to help fund different projects throughout the city.
    By November of that year, the city had been awarded nearly $470,000 in FEMA grant money.

  • DMV implements tax increase

    RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles implemented a number of changes stemming from the transportation funding legislation that became effective July 1.
    Starting July 1, the sales and use tax (SUT) increased from 3 to 4 percent. Additionally, per the new legislation, the tax will now be assessed based on the sale price minus any manufacturer rebates. The minimum tax increased from $35 to $75.

  • Student's art will appear on billboards

    A fifth grader from Laurel Elementary School created the art for an anti-tobacco campaign going up in areas of Southwest and Southside Virginia.
    A project of the American Lung Association in Virginia, the Healthy Grounds for Our Youth effort seeks to keep the use of tobacco products off school campuses, even outdoors, according to Billie Murray, project manager.