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Today's News

  • Tragedy raises issue of guns in schools

    RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell has issued an executive order to establish a task force to review school and campus safety conditions in response to the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
    The governor also has come under some fire for saying he would be open to a discussion about allowing school employees to be armed.
    Meanwhile, Republicans in the state legislature and a Democratic candidate for governor are both calling for more school resource officers, and one U.S. Senator from Virginia is pushing for more gun control laws.

  • Med-Fit adds laser, more jobs

    By PATRICK SMITH and BEN BOMBERGER, Staff
    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County leaders have approved a $225,000 loan to a local business that will help facilitate the costs of additional capital improvements and continue to add jobs to the company.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet told the Grayson Board of Supervisors last month that a $225,000 loan was approved by the Industrial Development Authority to Med-Fit Systems Inc. (formerly Nautilus) to complement other investments the company is making in purchasing additional equipment.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/2/13

    Voice of dissent
    I told my wife I cannot believe the American people are so stupid to re-elect Obama for president and today I read the Hotline article and realized, it is not just politics.

    Silly looks
    I think these people are very silly that put these rings in their lips and on their nose. It looks terrible to me.

    Change the topic

  • Hunting accident said to be fatal

    RICHMOND — Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries officials have released the name of the 50-year-old Fancy Gap man killed in a hunting accident on Tuesday.

    Sansford Ray Semones was mistaken for a deer and shot by accident at 375 Willis Gap Road on private property, according to a report by Conservation Police Officer George Shupe. He was not wearing blaze orange.

  • Armed robbery suspect arrested — twice

    Police arrested an armed robbery suspect twice for the same crime this week, after the sheriff’s department was unable to get felony warrants placed against him the first time.
    Hunter Wayne Dixon, 18, of Grammar Lane in Galax, is now in custody again, and charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm while in commission of a felony, for allegedly pulling a gun on a teenager in a Dec. 31 incident.

  • Tractor trailer causes multiple wrecks on I-77

    Local rescue squads, fire departments and police aided Cana Volunteer Rescue Squad after a series of accidents on Interstate 77 last Saturday.
    According to a report from the Virginia State Police, a total of 15 vehicles, two of them tractor trailers, were involved in seven separate accidents, said a representative of Cana Volunteer Rescue Squad.
    "From what we could determine, the cause was a tractor trailer that lost control, ran off the roadway and overturned," said First Sgt. Mike Musser of the Virginia State Police.

  • Electric bill scam targets Hispanic community

    The Galax Police Department has received reports of a scam targeting the Hispanic community.
    According to a police report, several Spanish-speaking citizens have reported receiving phone calls from subjects stating that their AEP electricity bill is overdue.
    “They are asking citizens to go to Walmart and purchase a prepaid card and call them back with the information to pay their electric bill,” the report said. “This is a scam. Always pay utility bills as you would any other time.”

  • Galax getting new Dollar General store

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Galax is set to get a second Dollar General Store, and grading work for the site has already begun on South Main Street.
    Recently, a former restaurant building and a car wash were torn down on South Main, making way for the new store.
    Dollar General’s public relations manager, Crystal Ghassemi, says that the new store will open in the spring.
    Galax City Manager Keith Barker confirmed the plans for Dollar General, but noted that construction is still in its early stages.

  • Red Cross director retiring after 23 years

    Maybe Joan Isom can go back to enjoying snow again after the New Year arrives, instead of fearing the worst of traffic snarls happening on Interstate 77.
    In the past, Isom — as executive director for the Woods River Chapter of the American Red Cross and as the manager for disaster services — had been responsible for finding places for the stranded motorists to stay if the interstate got shut down and if their vehicles broke down.

  • Localities could win their jail gambit

    It’s about time someone turned the tables on the state.
    Lawmakers and the governor for the last few years have shifted costs onto localities while reducing state funding.
    It was almost certainly with some small amount of pleasure, then, that several New River Valley communities said enough is enough.
    Carroll and Grayson counties are among the New River Valley Regional Jail Authority’s member localities, along with the city of Radford and the counties of Pulaski, Giles, Wythe, Bland and Floyd.