Today's News

  • The best shelter begins with a caring community

    I’ve often heard people who have come to Galax, Grayson County or Carroll County remark that this area has the nicest people.
    So how have we gotten so out of touch with the sad reality of what is happening to our animals here?
    When did it become acceptable to kill animals because there were just too many?  When did we decide that animals have no value or purpose?
    How often do you pass by the animal shelter on your way to church — a place where many find their sense of a loving community?

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  • Supervisors tinker with bus fund

    INDEPENDENCE — If the Grayson County School Board can come up with at least $75,000 in any of its future budgets, then the Grayson County Board of Supervisors will help it buy school buses beginning in 2013.
    Supervisors agreed June 1 to change the guidelines of its new "School Bus Replacement Fund." The fund now must be a dollar-to-dollar match.
    The county will allocate up to $75,000 per year — or 25 percent of annual county decal collections, whichever is less — to be used by the school system as a matching amount for bus purchases.

  • Walls objects to rates, police in budget

    HILLSVILLE — One town council member remained adamant to the last that water and sewer rate hikes and the purchase of police cars needed to be changed in Hillsville’s 2011-2012 budget.
    Though no citizen appeared in person to object to those proposals at Monday’s meeting, Council Member Billy Walls read into the record a letter from residents Larry and Joyce Davis.

  • Carroll rejects bids, scales back projects

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll School Board members rejected all construction bids in a special meeting Tuesday, in an attempt to keep the cost of construction efforts at the high and intermediate schools under $15 million.
    The school division’s budget is based on the award of Qualified School Construction Bonds for nearly $15 million. This money must pay for the additional space needed to turn the intermediate into a sixth through eighth grade facility and shift the ninth grade to the high school in order to close the aging Woodlawn School.

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  • Harrington helps kids in need


  • Animals For Adoption This Week


    These animals are waiting for homes at the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Regional Animal Shelter, at 201 Fair St. in Galax. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 1-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday. For more information, call 236-8501.

    Strays without collars are held five days before they are available for adoption. Strays with collars are held for 10 days. The owners of animals with tags are contacted immediately. Animals become available for adoption on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Truck driver injured in I-77 crash

    HILLSVILLE — A 48-year-old commercial truck driver from Liberty, N.C., was injured in a one-vehicle accident at Interstate 77's mile marker 11 at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

    The report by Virginia State Police Trooper J.R. Alderman said that driver Scott Wayne Stremmel, operating a 2007 Peterbilt for Carolina Tank Lines, ran off the road to the left.

    The rig continued through the median and then through the guardrail and down an embankment before coming to a stop.

  • Bolt seeking re-election in Grayson