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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Carroll eases subdivision restrictions

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll supervisors had the last say in the back-and-forth on the county's subdivision ordinance at their regular June meeting Monday, and they opted for several less restrictive standards.

    A majority of supervisors voted to lower minimum road widths and lot sizes in Class B subdivisions — which replaces the loose recreational subdivision category — and minimum sizes for lots to be served by well and septic systems in class A subdivisions.

  • Re-peeled: Carroll drops decals

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll supervisors voted to peel off county decals off vehicle windshields for good Monday.

    The supervisors held a public hearing on the idea to do away with the requirement of county decals and adding the related fee to a resident's personal property tax bill.

    One person — Guy Clark of Lambsburg, a former resident of the Tidewater area —supported the idea enthusiastically.