Today's News

  • Zoning change paves way for medical clinic

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will have a new medical clinic across from Grayson Highlands School after supervisors approved a zoning change request Aug. 9.
    The site previously hosted Young’s General Store which closed several years ago.
    Troy Sage made the application to change the property located on Virginia 16 in Troutdale from rural farm to commercial use. He said the building has operated as commercial for 30 years but the zoning has always been rural farm.

  • Bogeys to reopen Aug. 30


    It’s official — after closing in 2009, Bogey’s Restaurant will reopen Aug. 30.
    Not only will the restaurant give customers another place to eat, but it will also boost the area’s economy after 28 employees were hired, many of them with restaurant experience.
    The restaurant is owned by Kenneth Belton, Doug Morgan, Earl Morgan and Tuck Sage.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/22/12

    Being watched
    It’s a shame that when you go through a bank drive-thru and you need to use the pen that is in the box and they sit and wait for you to drop it back in there. They must be awful poor if they can’t afford a pen.

    Gun control scheme

  • Lewis crafts donation for Joy Ranch

    HILLSVILLE — 84-year-old Dorothy Lewis has done her part to support Joy Ranch with a year’s worth of her collecting-and-crafting hobby.
    It takes a little bit of explaining, but her little diorama landscapes, wall hangings and baby baskets all come from Lewis picking up mementos, doodads and inexpensive items at stores to make a some kind of decorative arrangement.
    Born and raised in Raleigh, Lewis followed her son’s family to Carroll County as they pursued their life at the home for children.

  • Galax gets grant to promote tourism

    Out of 45 marketing projects that received state funding last week, the City of Galax received the fourth-largest tourism grant.
    The city’s award of $43,893 is right behind three recipients that were awarded $50,000 each — Virginia Arts Festival, Barter Theatre and the Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau.

  • Council debates rescue squad's existence

    HILLSVILLE — Existential debates don’t often break out at government meetings, but the question whether a disbanded rescue squad does or does not exist arose at the Aug. 13 Hillsville Town Council meeting.
    The question, raised by Council Member David Young, is this: if Hillsville Volunteer Rescue Squad no longer exists, then why does it have officers and how can it still own equipment and supplies?

  • Carroll athletics could change districts

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board has no intention for its high school sports teams to take the field against distant Franklin County and Patrick Henry, according to action taken at its August meeting.
    The two schools in the Virginia High School League’s proposed River Ridge District are too far away and have the advantage of too many more students than Carroll for the playing field to be level, high school Principal Chuck Thompson and members of the school board agreed.

  • Rabies case confirmed in Grayson

    A bobcat in the Elk Creek area of Grayson County was recently tested and confirmed to have rabies.
    This animal potentially could have had contact with local pets and livestock. Rabies is a deadly viral disease. Unvaccinated dogs, cats and ferrets with no known exposure to a potentially rabid animal should be vaccinated immediately.
    State law requires pet owners to keep their pets current on rabies vaccinations for animals ages four months or older. Residents should not approach or touch wild animals and should report any abnormal behavior involving wild animals.

  • Veterans' memorial project moves forward

    The City of Galax has contracted with North Carolina Granite Corporation to provide and install the memorial stones at the site of the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial by Veterans Day.
    City council received an update on the project at its Aug. 13 meeting. The large memorial is being constructed next to the Galax Public Library on West Stuart Drive.
    The total cost to construct and install the monuments for this portion of the memorial is about $45,000.
    Construction of the remaining foundations is almost complete and the site will be graded afterwards.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/20/12

    Fast route
    You would think Meadowlark Road was the interstate, as fast as some people hurry down here to check a light pole. At least the cars on the side of the road slowed down the speeding busybodies who have no business down here in the first place.

    Bad odds