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Today's News

  • Against The Odds

    INDEPENDENCE — People don't like to be told they can't or will never be able to do something. In fact, it usually provides motivation to go out and do exactly what you've been told you can't do.

    That certainly holds true for Karen Osborne of Independence.

    On Dec. 19, 2005, Osborne was diagnosed with Benign Meningioma, which is essentially a tumor that grows from the meninges — the layers of tissue covering the brain and spinal cord.

  • Hillsville cultivates community garden idea

    HILLSVILLE — Families going through an economic rough patch may have a garden spot waiting as part of the Gardens Growing Families efforts.

    The community garden project will assist those in need in two ways — it will provide land for people who want to grow their own food and it will raise vegetables to stock food banks, according to the Rev. Lawrence Childs of First Baptist Church of Hillsville.

  • Letters to the Editor for 6/1/09

    Flag a symbol of rebellion

    The Confederate flag is not a symbol of hate. But there are people who will always view it as a sign of hatred and bigotry.

    The flag no longer means the enforcement of slavery. The Confederate flag is still a symbol of Southern pride.

    Ask anyone who has this symbol, and they’ll most likely tell you it has something to do with “Southern pride.”

  • GHS unveils new look

    It seemed like an endless project, but the wait is finally over and students, faculty and staff of Galax High School can now enjoy a like-new renovated school, with bright painted hallways and classrooms and new tinted energy-efficient windows.

    Galax City Council and Galax School Board members celebrated the long-awaited completion of the GHS renovation last Thursday during a dedication ceremony.

    A new plaque in the school recognizes school board and city council members who approved and saw through the construction process.

  • Letters to the Editor for 6/8/09

    Faith dog an example for Christians

    Guest Editorial

    The church is the most influential institution in the world. Psalm 122:1 states, “I was glad when they said unto me; let us go unto the house of the Lord.”

    A sensible person turns to the church in the hour of need.

    You need to come to church and bring someone with you. I was brought up in the church. There was never any doubt when the church door was open where I would be.

  • Galax visitors' center work to begin

    An important part of the downtown revitalization project, the Galax visitors' center, could be complete by November or December and open by January 2010, said Keith Barker, assistant city manager.

    The building, formerly John Parsons' law office, located across from the Galax Municipal Building will feature brochures and information, a WiFi hookup and a touch-screen computer for visitor information.

    It is currently undergoing asbestos and mold removal for the next three weeks.

  • Hearing set on APCo rate proposal

    RICHMOND — The State Corporation Commission (SCC) will hold a public hearing on July 1 in Wytheville to gather comments about Appalachian Power's request to increase the portion of the electric bill that pays for the fuel used to generate electricity.

    The hearing will give members of the public in APCo.'s Southwest Virginia service territory a more convenient location to offer testimony as public witnesses, according to an SCC press release. The Wytheville hearing will be in addition to a hearing on the request already scheduled for June 30 in Richmond.

  • Town trashes county's garbage fee proposal

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is proposing to charge all residents of the county $3 a week for trash pickup, but Independence Town Council members feel they should have been included in negotiations.

    Now, the Town of Independence pays the county $3,000 a month to pick up residential trash in town limits.

    If the $3 weekly fee is approved, that amount would jump from $36,000 a year to more than $64,000 — a 78 percent increase, according to Town Manager Kenneth Vaught — and town residents would foot the bill instead of Independence.

  • Hillsville man faces burglary, drug charges

    HILLSVILLE — After picking up a subject wanted in connection with a Galax break-in, Carroll deputies also charged a 42-year-old Hillsville man with illegal drug violations, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.

    Galax had issued warrants for Bobby Dwayne Thompson relating to the theft of tires and tools from Blue Ridge Tire, Manning said Monday.

    Last Friday, Manning spotted Thompson on U.S. 58 in Woodlawn. The sheriff and deputies Mike Combs and Shannon Goad pulled over Thompson’s vehicle.

  • Pursuit ends in charges

    INDEPENDENCE — A driver faces four charges in Grayson County after allegedly attempting to elude police officers the night of June 3.

    According to Cpl. Matthew Adams of the Independence Police Department, a vehicle occupied by Jason Scott Cornett, 26, of Independence pulled out in front of his police cruiser around 9:45 p.m. on Main Street.

    Adams said he attempted to stop the 1991 Chevy pick-up, but the vehicle continued west on Main.