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Today's News

  • Carroll faces challenging budget year

    HILLSVILLE — Reduction in real estate values after reassessment and the resulting decrease in tax revenues will create challenges for Carroll County officials for fiscal year 2013-2014, they discussed at a budget committee meeting Tuesday.
    The recent reassessment reflected a drop in Carroll real estate values of nearly $277.7 million, County Administrator Gary Larrowe noted in the preliminary budget talks on Feb. 5. That could cause tax revenue to decrease as much as $1.65 million.

  • Art school lands $500,000 for woodworking shop

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts made a giant leap forward with their Woodworking Studio project on Monday, when it was announced that they  received a $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
    The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development announced the grant on Monday, along with awards for 10 other projects in the ARC region that together total $2.2 million.

  • Mcdonnell's transportation plan hits pothole in Senate

    RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation funding plan hit a pothole in the Capitol on Tuesday, failing to win support in the politically divided state Senate.
    McDonnell’s plan and two Republican-sponsored alternatives were defeated in the Senate, hours after the House of Delegates narrowly approved a revised version of the governor’s bill. The House bill will be sent to the Senate, where McDonnell and his allies have their work cut out for them trying to keep the legislation alive.

  • Gun show compromise rejected

    RICHMOND — A Senator’s attempt to reach a compromise on gun show background checks was shot down by a Senate committee, taking fire from members in both parties.
    By a vote of 11-3, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee killed Sen. John Edwards’ last-ditch effort to settle a long-running debate over the so-called “gun show loophole,” which allows private sellers at gun shows to sell firearms without a criminal records check on the buyer.

  • Welfare drug testing bill defeated, and other General Assembly action

    RICHMOND — On a party line vote, the Virginia Senate has killed legislation that would require local social services agencies to screen welfare recipients for possible drug use and subject some to drug tests.
    Senate Bill 721 is sponsored by Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County).
    The bill died on a 20-19 vote, with all of the Senate’s Democrats opposing it. One Republican senator was not present for the vote in the evenly split Senate.

  • Plea for help is a scam in disguise

    If you receive an e-mail from a friend who says they were mugged on a vacation trip, you are actually the one being shaken down for money.
    The Galax Police Department reports that scam e-mails are circulating that claim they are from friends who have lost everything on a trip to the Philippines.
    The scammers are using real names of your friends and real e-mail addresses, police caution. But, the situation is false.

  • Local driver welcomes son to racing circuit

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    For Randy Harmon of Galax, life has almost always been on a fast track. From motocross to race car driving, he has worked to leave quite a memorable impression on the circuits long after the dust clouds settle.
    To continue what seems to be a growing family tradition, Harmon is now shifting more of his focus on to the next generation. His son, Derek, is now following in his father’s tire tracks, and it has already been said by some that he could someday qualify against the titans of racing — NASCAR.

  • Galax man wins $200,000 in Virginia Lottery

     

    William Jones was on his way back to work and just wanted to pick up a soft drink when he bought a Win It All Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

    Instead, he walked out of the store with a $200,000 top prize-winning ticket.

  • Pedestrian hit in Cana

    CANA — A pedestrian who was on scene at a vehicle accident on U.S. 52 Wednesday suffered injuries after she stepped into traffic, according to Virginia State Police.
    Angela Jones, 47, of Cana and her husband received a call from her son, saying that he had been in an accident Wednesday morning, according to investigating Trooper S.M. Phillips.
    The couple found an accident at the intersection of U.S. 52 and Flower Gap Road.
    (It turned out that this incident was not her son’s accident.)

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