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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 1/21/13

    Hot to the touch

  • NC 89 curve improvement work underway

    The North Carolina Route 89 curve improvement project near North Carolina 18 between Low Gap and the Virginia state line is underway.
    The road will be reduced to one lane for most of the project, so motorists should be prepared for some delays depending on the traffic volume.
    Traffic will be maintained with the use of flaggers and a pilot vehicle that will lead motorists through the work zone between the flagging stations, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said. Temporary traffic signals may be used at a later date if needed.

  • Pay raise top priority for Grayson teachers

    INDEPENDENCE – Salary increases are once again the top request from the Grayson County Education Association for the 2013-14 school year.
    GCEA President Arnold Hash presented the school board with his top priority for educators after surveying those working across the division earlier this month.
    Hash said although only 48 percent of the school system staff completed the survey, it gave him “valuable insight into what was important.”

  • Governor proposes $2M more for veteran programs

    RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell proposes to pump $2 million into programs that aid veterans.
    Among them are initiatives to help veterans find employment, provide home improvement grants to certain wounded vets and to increase funding to assist military survivors and dependents with education expenses.
    McDonnell has said his objective is “making Virginia the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.”

  • Tire theft charges dismissed

    INDEPENDENCE — A husband and wife arrested in connection with the alleged theft of four tires from Independence Tire have had their grand larceny charges dismissed.
    Ezra Allen Royal, 55, and Nellie Victoria Lisle Royal, 44, both of Galax, appeared in Grayson County General District Court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 14.
    The felony charges were dismissed after the judge found no evidence to send the case to a grand jury.

  • Training center report questioned

    RICHMOND — Virginia officials point to positive outcomes in transitioning intellectually and developmentally disabled people from training centers, as they seek to close four such facilities and shrink a fifth to 75 beds.
    The state faces resistance from parent groups that opposed the idea of moving residents from these facilities — like the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County — into community-based care.

  • Bill to keep training center open fails this year

    RICHMOND — A bill to spare the Southwestern Virginia Training Center from closing has been laid aside by the General Assembly, according to the legislation’s patron.
    Del. Anne B. Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville) reported that House Bill 1669 has been tabled, apparently for the duration of this year’s legislative session.

  • Galax police investigate theft from local business

    Galax Police Officer A.M. Burnett is investigating a breaking and entering and larceny that occurred at Minks Auto Sales on Glendale Road on January 12.
    The department requests that those who have any information relevant to this investigation call 236-8101 or text "Galax" followed by any information to TIP411(847411)

  • Snow socks the Twin Counties

    UPDATED 1/21/13 — Four days after the Jan. 17 storm that dumped a foot of snow on the area, Appalachian Power Co. reported on Monday that Grayson County still had the most people in the region without electricity.
    There were an estimated 2,355 powerless in Grayson, or about 23 percent of customers, down from 6,000 outages the day of the storm.
    On Monday, Carroll County had 858 customers without power (down from 2,300 on Jan. 17)  and Galax had 311 (up a bit from the 243 without power the day of the storm.)

  • No more cleaning house in Carroll elections

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County will have a big election and a smaller election with the beginning of staggered terms this year.
    This move will mean voters will not be able to elect an entirely new slate of supervisors or school board members in one election, as has been the case in the past.