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Today's News

  • New speed limit could boost reckless driving charges

    Going 11 miles per hour over the speed limit on some interstate sections in Virginia could lead to a reckless driving charge later this summer.
    Virginia has begun a process of evaluating whether to increase the speed  limit from 65 mph to 70 mph on its interstate highways. Several parts of interstates 77 and 81 in Western Virginia are under consideration.
    Because the legal definition of reckless driving includes going faster than 80 mph, the custom of some drivers to exceed the limit by 10 mph will bring them dangerously close to a major legal sanction.

  • Two injured after paint truck loses brakes

    WHITETOP — Two Virginia Department of Transportation workers were injured Monday after their truck lost its brakes and overturned.
    State Trooper Jessie Tilson said Harold Dalton, 59, of Ivanhoe, was operating a truck painting lines on Virginia 600 in Whitetop when the truck lost its brakes.

  • Oracle Institute sues Grayson County

    UPDATED — ORIGINAL DOCUMENT ATTACHED: READ THE ORACLE INSTITUTE'S LAWSUIT

    INDEPENDENCE — The Oracle Institute is suing Grayson County, saying the Board of Supervisors and a number of county officials discriminated against the organization's founder when they denied her a special use permit for a spiritual retreat center in the Wilson District.

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  • Developer alledges mutual 'mistake' in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — An alleged “mutual mistake” by Carroll County and Weststar Investments throws into doubt the settlement on ownership of a wastewater pump station, according to a complaint filed in circuit court.
    County officials and company owner Marshall Lineberry tried to correct a situation in 2008 that transferred a pump station on U.S. 58 near the industrial park to Weststar Investments.
    The Carroll Public Service Authority uses the station to send wastewater through the Woodlawn system to Galax for treatment.

  • Vaughan waives hearing

    HILLSVILLE — Two felony charges against a Galax man accused of fleeing from the scene of a drug sting in April will go to Carroll Circuit Court, but other charges will be taken up by federal prosecutors.
    Police filed multiple charges against Donald Scott Vaughan, 52, after the Twin County Drug Task Force set up a drug buy in the Interstate 77 Exit 14 area.

  • Praisin' in the Park returns

    For Jennifer Morris, coordinator of the 3rd Annual Praisin' in the Park community Bible school, it's about bringing churches together, watching kids make friends and seeing them get to know Jesus.
    Praisin' in the Park, a free event for rising kindergartners through rising sixth graders, will be held July 25-29 in Felts Park in Galax. The community  celebration will begin on Sunday, from 4-7 p.m., with a night of family activities featuring food, games, inflatables and live Christian music from local bands.

  • State zeroing in on liquor store plan

    The leading proposal to get Virginia out of the liquor business is calling for privatizing retail and wholesale operations, and auctioning licenses to distributors and sellers of spirits.
    Under that plan, Virginia could issue 500 to 800 licenses across the state according to a distribution formula, the governor’s senior policy adviser, Eric Finkbeiner, told lobbyists, lawmakers and others at a meeting of the state government reform and restructuring commission.

  • Carroll to USDA: Thanks a (100) million

    HILLSVILLE — County officials have proclaimed Aug. 6 as USDA-Rural Development Celebration Day, to thank the federal agency for providing millions of dollars to help pay for water and sewer systems in Carroll.
    The federal agency under the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided much of the funding to pay for water and sewer projects at the Interstate 77 interchanges in Carroll and along U.S. 58 in Woodlawn, which county officials see as a precursor to greater economic development opportunities.

  • Galax Book Club to hold annual sale

    The Galax Book Club will hold its annual book sale Aug. 11-14 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, except 10 a.m.-noon on Aug. 14.

    The sale will be in the lower level of Antique Apple on Main Street in Galax. Adult fiction and non-fiction hardback and paperback books, as well as juvenile books and videos, will be sold. The Galax Book Club will contribute all proceeds to the Galax Public Library to use for new books and/or materials to assist the library program.