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Today's News

  • Tax relief for elderly could expand

     INDEPENDENCE — More Grayson County residents could soon be eligible for a tax relief program.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet brought a recommendation to the board of supervisors on Nov. 10 to increase various aspects of a program that provides relief for elderly residents of the county who struggle to pay their taxes on fixed incomes.

    Sweet said he and Commissioner of Revenue Larry Bolt recommend that the board consider increasing all three phases of the program.

  • Father, son indicted for drug conspiracy

     ABINGDON — A father and son from Grayson County and two other suspects have been indicted by a Federal grand jury in U.S. District Court in Abingdon on drug, weapons and other charges.

    Lorne Sidney Anders; his son, Arlin James Anders; Michael Leon Cooper and Ricardo “Ricky” Lopez-Zuniga were indicted when the grand jury met on Nov. 2.

    Eleven different counts were returned by the grand jury.

  • Commission gathering annexation data

     HILLSVILLE — The Commission on Local Government's information gathering phase for the Carroll County-Hillsville boundary adjustment got off to a quiet start Monday. 

    All boundary changes go through this state commission, including the proposal to expand the town's borders west beyond the busy commercial area at Interstate 77's Exit 14 and a second residential area on Howlett Street.

  • Two killed in massive I-77 crash

    FANCY GAP  — Photos taken by the Virginia State Police, of vehicles crumpled and wedged together on fog-bound Interstate 77, told the story of Tuesday's massive pileup in Carroll County near the North Carolina border.

    One hazy picture of the scene shows what looks like a GMC Suburban with West Virginia plates on top of a silver car and a white SUV next to a tractor-trailer. A door, possibly of the white SUV with a gaping hole in the side, lays on the ground next to highway markings.

  • Woodlawn residents breathing easier

     HILLSVILLE — Woodlawn smells better after work by the Carroll Public Service Authority to correct an odor problem there, a citizen reported at the PSA meeting last Thursday.

    Community resident Robin Whittington shared his take on the rotten egg odor that started after the Woodlawn sewer system came online this year.

    Whittington has been one of several citizens who brought the smell to the PSA's attention, but as of Nov. 11 he had gotten a whiff of improvement.

  • Project could address flooding

     A flood damage reduction program would help to prevent flooding of Chestnut Creek, Galax City Manager Keith Barker told Galax City Council last Monday. 

    About two years ago, city staff met with representatives of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture, staff from Rep. Rick Boucher's office and the Army Corps of Engineers in regards to maintenance of Chestnut Creek. 

  • Citizens voice tax increase opposition

     INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County supervisors approved a tax increase last summer and residents continue to express their displeasure as they threaten to choose new leaders during the next election.

    Twelve residents spoke before the Board of Supervisors last Wednesday night and all had the same general comments — the 44 percent tax increase last summer is unacceptable.

    Many of the residents who spoke noted that, with the most recent reassessment and the 44 percent increase, their taxes effectively doubled.

  • County asserts control over school spending

     HILLSVILLE — Citing a need for efficiency and economy, Carroll County supervisors decided to categorically change how they fund the school system at their November meeting last Thursday.

    Supervisor David Hutchins initiated the discussion about what process to use to fund the school system, and the other four board members present agreed to his motion. (Supervisors' Chairman Wes Hurst was away on business.)

  • Maroon Tide bashes Indians in region opener

     Galax rumbled into the second round of the Region C Division 1 playoffs Friday night with a 55-21 thrashing of Rural Retreat.

    The Maroon Tide (8-3) scored early and often, putting a touchdown on the board on its first five possessions.

    After holding the Indians (4-7) to a three-and-out on the opening possession, Galax took over on the Indian 33-yard line. Junior Jacob Fisher handled the running duties on the opening possession, carrying the ball three straight times for a quick touchdown, giving the Tide a 6-0 lead with 9:35 left in the first quarter.

  • Maroon Tide falls in title match

     ELLISTON –– Getting anywhere worth being is a process of many steps. Though coming up short to Bath County in a bid for its first region volleyball championship, Galax took another step Thursday.

    The Maroon Tide battled back from a 2-1 deficit but couldn’t complete the comeback a second night in a row and fell to the Chargers 22-25, 25-14, 25-15, 23-25, 15-9 in the Region C Division 1 championship at Eastern Montgomery High School.