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Today's News

  • Former prosecutor named judge

    Former Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Dawn Cox was chosen as a juvenile and domestic relations court judge on Tuesday by the General Assembly.
    She fills the position that has been vacant since the 2008 resignation of Judge Michael Keith Blankenship of Wytheville.

  • Tax rates could rise to balance Galax budget

    The City of Galax has proposed a increase to the meals tax as part of the $15.7 million budget for 2013.
    Raising the meals tax rate from 5¢ to 7.5¢ would maintain services and prevent Galax teachers from taking home less money in their paychecks next school year due to a 5 percent increase in contributions to the Virginia Retirement System.

  • Assistant administrator files harassment complaint against supervisor

     

    UPDATE - TUESDAY, MAY 22 — At the request of Nikki Shank, the protective order filed against Supervisor Bob Martin has been dismissed, according to court officials.

    Shank had already been in court in the morning when Judge E.M. Turner III recused himself from the hearing the matter.

  • Young actors go to 'The Dark Side'

     

  • Log home center's new lease on life

    HILLSVILLE — Former model homes have a new lease on life and will contribute to the flow of commerce around Interstate 77’s Exit 14.
    Businessman Jim Dixon has set up an office of Blue Ridge Mountain Home Center in the former AmerLink log home sales center after winning the remainder of the 99-year lease at a January bankruptcy auction.
    Dixon has renamed the three homes “the log mall” while restoring the exterior and catching up on the long-delayed maintenance from the time when AmerLink finally collapsed due to its financial troubles.

  • Grayson court unseals more indictments

    INDEPENDENCE — Several more indictments have been unsealed by Grayson County Circuit Court, revealing the names of suspects indicted by a grand jury on April 28.
    An indictment indicates that the grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial, and does not indicate guilt.
    All of those indicted are innocent until proven guilty.
    The most recent charges unsealed include:
    • David Lee Anthony, Galax – possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine).

  • Carroll school meal prices on the rise

    HILLSVILLE — A federal mandate will cause student meals to go up by a nickel for Carroll’s 2012-2013 school year.
    This is the second year in a row for the increase in order to meet the requirements of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, according to information considered by the Carroll County School Board at its meeting last Thursday.

  • Vaught to resign as town manager

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Town Manager Kenneth Vaught resigned his position last week in a letter to Independence Town Council.
    After the regular meeting May 8, town council members went into closed session to discuss a personnel matter.
    After a half-hour session, council returned to regular session and Council Member Buddy Halsey made the motion to accept Vaught's resignation, which council approved on a unanimous vote.

  • Hillsville hears opposition to employee contracts, Bottle House purchase

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville resident launched a preemptive strike Monday night against two issues that were rumored to be under consideration by town council — the purchase of local landmark the Bottle House and a change to the town code that would place the town manager and police chief on contracts, rather than serving at the pleasure of council.
    Nancy Beasley’s objections came before any formal discussion of either issue.

  • Readers' Hotline 5/16/12

    Trail needs attention
    I have to agree with the caller — the City of Galax does a great job keeping Felts Park looking clean. Downtown Galax has a nice feel for tourism dollars. However, the New River Trail parking lot in Galax is an eyesore. The house they bought for the ranger station and gift shop looks haunted. The orange fencing and cross tiles piled out in the yard look trashy. How can we expect to look like a first class tourist area when our state park is not supporting one of our most popular assets?