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Today's News

  • Wreck claims life of Cana man

    A 45-year-old Cana man died in a single-vehicle accident at about 8:15 p.m. Sunday.

    The victim in the crash was identified as Stanley Keith Collins, in a Virginia State Police report by Trooper Chuck Campbell.

    The incident happened on Parkway Road, about a half-mile east of Mainline Road, when Collins lost control of a 2005 Nissan pickup.

    The vehicle went off the right side of the road, over a small embankment and hit some trees, according to the report.

    Collins was not wearing a seatbelt and he was partially ejected.

  • Tourism officials get familiar with Hillsville, Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Within a few minutes of getting off their bus, tourism officials from across Virginia seemed charmed with the sights, sounds and citizens of Hillsville and Carroll County.

    People who make their living helping tourists and travelers disembarked from the big white bus — in the company of locals Donnie Turner and Amanda Bourne — in the parking lot next to the historic Carroll County Courthouse. They were greeted by Town Manager Larry South and Sherry Shaffner of the Carroll County Chamber.

  • Visitors' center welcomes the world

    Now that the new Galax Visitor Center has been open every day for the past couple of weeks, Ray Kohl, director of the downtown facility, has met visitors from throughout the country, as well as Australia, Germany, France, England, Ireland and Canada.

    Kohl said some, who were here on weekend trips and day-long visits, are now planning to return for Smoke on the Mountain state barbecue championship in July and the Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention in August.

  • Grayson closer to final budget

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County citizens will soon have their chance to voice concerns with the proposed budget as supervisors close in on a set of numbers to advertise.

    Board members met for another budget work session last Wednesday night and began with a brief recap from County Administrator Jonathan Sweet.

    Sweet explained all the reductions made in budgets controlled by the county administration. Overall, the budgets saw a 12.9 percent reduction — which surpassed the goal of a county-wide 10 percent reduction in expenses.

  • More plead guilty to drug dealing charges

    ROANOKE — Two more defendants facing federal drug charges entered guilty pleas in U.S. District Court in Roanoke last week.

    Stephie Nicole Bean Davis and Michael Samuel Sawyers, both of Galax, filed paperwork with the court changing their pleas to guilty, according to information from Roanoke.

    They join Bobby Dwayne Thompson of Hillsville, who had already entered a guilty plea to a count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

  • Thief hits homeless shelter

    “Who on Earth would steal something from a homeless shelter?”

    That's what Marcia Chemelli, a resident at the Hostel of the Good Shepherd on West Center Street in Galax, would like to know.

    The residents of the shelter noticed Tuesday morning that the solar-powered lights were missing from the front yard, and reported it to the Galax Police Department on Wednesday.

  • Elk Creek man dies in crash

    A 44-year-old Elk Creek man died in a single-vehicle crash Friday on Stones Chapel Road in Grayson County.

    Virginia State Police identified the victim as Arnold J. Brown. According to a report by Trooper J.M. Sowers, Brown was operating a 1993 Chevy S-10 at the time of the accident, which occurred at 6:25 p.m., about 1.5 miles west of Powder Mill Road.

    Brown lost control of the vehicle on a gravel road and ran off the road to the left.

  • Rising above politics

    The recently-passed health care reform legislation will affect every American citizen.

    On a matter of this broad scope, it is essential that members of Congress place the interests of their constituents first and rise above political party interests where necessary to do so.

    It is clear both from Rep. Rick Boucher’s vote and from the reasons for his vote that our congressman understands this necessity.

  • Free Clinic moving to new home

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties began moving last week to its new location at 140 Larkspur Lane, Suite C, in Galax.

    The clinic opened its first physical location in August 2007 at 300 W. Oldtown St. in Galax.

    “Many thanks go to Danny Cockerham, who leased the building to the clinic for almost three years,” said Dina Slusher, director of the clinic. “The need for more space became apparent as more patients began to need assistance.”

    The new location will offer 2,250 square feet of space.

  • Grayson to hold budget hearing

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County residents will have one final chance to plead for a lesser tax rate when the supervisors hold a public hearing on the proposed 2010-11 budget next week.

    The public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 10, during the board’s regular monthly meeting.

    With a proposed tax increase of 44 percent, the real estate levy will jump to 49 cents next year.

    The increase comes as the county looks to crawl out of a deep financial hole, which includes an estimated tax anticipation note of more than $3.5 million next year.