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Today's News

  • VDOT announces more layoffs

    HILLSVILLE — The last day for the Virginia Department of Transportation's Hillsville residency is April 24, a Saturday, so its 10 employees will report there for the last time April 23.

    The Virginia Department of Transportation has laid off 678 employees this week statewide in its latest round of downsizing.

    In all, 1,318 full-time and 450 part-time jobs are being eliminated statewide to help offset a $4.6 billion transportation revenue shortfall over the next six years.

  • GNB robber pleads guilty

    ROANOKE — Richard Donald Hawes’ fifth bank robbery worked out no better than the first four.

    In August, he’d approached a teller at Grayson National Bank in Hillsville. Wearing overalls, gloves, sunglasses and a ball cap, and with a bandanna pulled up over his face, Hawes held out a plastic bag and said, “No dye packs, no dye packs,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jake Jacobsen said.

    But the teller didn’t listen.

  • Galax helping Vaughan-Bassett with expansion plan

    The City of Galax has begun looking at possible funding opportunities to allow Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. to expand its facility at 300 E. Grayson St., City Manager Keith Barker announced during last month's city council meeting, but this would require abandoning a portion of Railroad Avenue and Depot Street, between East Grayson and East Oldtown streets, and relocating utilities.

    Vaughan-Bassett representatives said they plan to expand to make the plant more efficient, which would allow the company to maintain existing jobs.

  • Skywatcher

    Given the time of year the photo was taken, it might be tempting to think of the two shining dots pictured in the night sky as Santa's sleigh and the Star of Bethlehem.

    But instead of holiday sentimentality, think man-made and high tech to explain the temporary brightness in the firmament on Nov. 25, 2009.

    Amateur astronomer J.D. Sexton of Pipers Gap captured an image of these lights while showing his grandson — perhaps the next generation of skywatcher — the galaxies.

  • 2009 in review

     There are a lot of folks who  will be glad to see 2009 in the rearview mirror.

  • The Best of the Decade

     A lot can happen in 3,650 days. And a lot did. More than I realized when I first began putting this piece together.

  • Grayson boys rally for win, Galax girls pull away

     GALAX -- Grayson County overcame a 16-point deficit in the final 12 minutes Friday and escaped with a 69-64 win over Galax in a key Mountain Empire District game. 

  • CVS robbed for drugs

     HILLSVILLE ee* Police believe the objective of an armed robber who hit the CVS pharmacy in Hillsville Saturday was to steal prescription drugs to sell.

  • Carroll seeks federal bonds

    HILLSVILLE —  Carroll County worked to extend its run of landing federal stimulus funds for development efforts at its organizational meeting Monday.

    Carroll County, the Public Service Authority in particular, has proven successful in receiving millions of dollars for "shovel-ready" water and sewer infrastructure projects.

    The latest effort involves seeking Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds and Recovery Zone Facility Bonds, a subject broached at the county meeting where the county board of supervisors elected its chairman and vice chairman.

  • Carrico seeking prayer ban reversal

    RICHMOND — As state legislators prepare for the 2010 General Assembly, a local delegate has once again renewed his commitment to overturn an administrative order requiring Virginia State Police chaplains to deliver non-denominational prayers at official events.

    Delegate Bill Carrico (R-Grayson), a retired state trooper, has introduced House Bill No. 9 for the upcoming General Assembly, which is set to begin Jan. 13 — an identical bill to the one seen in the Senate's court committee that died by one vote last year.