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Today's News

  • Many living without basic needs

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    To make sure all area residents have the opportunity for a healthy living environment, Rooftop of Virginia offers help through an Indoor Plumbing and Rehabilitation Program.
    The goal is to provide assistance to locals who either do not have indoor plumbing or have failing water delivery or waste disposal systems.
    “We believe that everyone should be entitled to a home that fulfills basic human needs,” said program coordinator Opal Kegley.

  • Fries birding trail plans move forward

    FRIES — A proposed birding trail in Fries is moving forward, as town council members learned at their Dec. 4 meeting.
    In November, organizers of the trail brought their plan to council, but town officials were reluctant to give approval without some clarification that a state transportation grant could be used for the project.
    Council received a response from consultants the Lane Group concerning the status of the $185,000 Virginia Department of Transportation grant for a birding trail and river walk.

  • Firearms sales spike after school shooting

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Virginia has seen a significant increase in gun sales following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut on Dec. 14.
    In fact, the Virginia State Police received 4,166 criminal background check requests for gun sales a day after the shooting, which is said to be the highest volume that the agency has received since background checks were implemented in 1989.

  • Joy to the World

    Joy Ranch Home for Children in Carroll County held its annual live Nativity scene on Dec. 15 and 16, featuring a manger scene, shepherds and angels.

  • MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    Santa isn’t scary if you’re sleepy, as this little tot found out at the annual Galax Elks Lodge Christmas party, where Toys for Tots helped deliver presents to children.

    Toys, hot dogs, anti-drug comics, coloring books, fruit and candy stockings were given to an estimated 385 children.

    Twin County Toys for Tots assisted Santa and the Elks with delivering presents to children at the party.

  • Readers' Hotline 12/24/12

    Make Hillsville thrive
    I just want to say what a great Christmas parade Hillsville had this year with all the entries and how long it lasted. I want to commend the new police chief, the mayor and the councilmen for a job well done. It has been a long time coming and they did a fantastic job. Keep up the good work to help this town thrive and become more for the community.

    Think about it

  • Homeschoolers deserve to participate in sports

    Lisa Shaw is administrator of Southwest Virginia Home Educators

  • Galax applies for more Safe Routes funding

    The city is working to improve sidewalks and increase health and safety for students.

  • Grayson budget on track

    INDEPENDENCE — Halfway through the county’s fiscal year, Grayson has expended 41 percent of its budgeted dollars.
    That number, however, could be misleading as expenses could still be on the horizon.
    At the board of supervisors’ December meeting, County Administrator Jonathan Sweet pointed out that, at the mid-point in the budget year, only three departments are overspent — the electoral board, circuit court and local support.

  • Charities pack hundreds of food boxes for local families

    Volunteers in Galax and Hillsville packed boxes of food and other essentials on Dec. 20, for the Galax Ys Men’s annual Community Christmas Chest and the Carroll Christmas Fund.
    Carroll Christmas Fund volunteers first organize the donations into categories and then fill the 630 boxes that went to deserving families to ensure that they enjoyed a happy holiday season.