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Today's News

  • Taxpayers have chance to appeal assessments

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Board of Equalization for Grayson County will hold several meetings from August through the beginning of September, to hear feedback from the public about this year’s real estate tax assessments.

    Tax reassessment letters have been mailed out, and by this time, property owners in Grayson County should be aware of any changes they should expect. Written or oral complaints of inequalities in real estate assessments will be considered by the board for increase, decrease or affirmation during these meetings.

  • Readers Hotline 8/1/16

    Promote unity
    The prayer and unity service at the Galax Police Station this past Sunday [July 24] was an absolutely incredible idea. This is wonderful. I would like to see the City of Galax and surrounding counties come together and every Sunday meet in Felts Park [to] have a praise and worship service. This would be fabulous for the community to promote praise and worship, showing love and showing churches coming together.

  • Fugitive found, stolen lawn mower recovered

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A man wanted by Galax police on outstanding warrants was arrested in Independence by Grayson County deputies, and received additional charges for possession of marijuana and a stolen lawn mower.

  • Car runs into house on Pipers Gap Road

    PIPERS GAP – A Fries man faces charges after an accident on Pipers Gap Road last Thursday, where the vehicle he was driving struck a house.

    The accident occurred across from Oakland Elementary School.

  • Police look into possible link between fight, man's death

    UPDATE:

    The Carroll County Sheriff's Office issued this news release on Aug. 1:

    "On July 16, 2016, there was an incident involving a group of individuals at Kanawa Valley, located in Dugspur, Virginia.  This incident resulted in a physical altercation.

  • Two charged with drug violations in Galax

    Staff Report

    According to the Galax Police Department, two men were charged with drug violations July 21 in separate incidents.

    Brandon Lee Evans, 30, of Galax was arrested on July 21 by Officer Darren Alley and charged with possession of methamphetamine.

    Alley was dispatched to a suspicious person call and identified Evans, who was acting erratically according to the report. The Galax Police K9 unit, Ajo, alerted on the vehicle that Evans was operating, and a quantity of methamphetamine was discovered.

  • Route 58 project continues in Galax

    Drivers on the stretch of Route 58 that runs through Galax from about Main Street to the western city limits should expect delays for the next week, said City Manager Keith Barker. Contractors are working on the road again.

    “They’re going to be milling the asphalt for one to three days,” said Barker, starting today, Monday, “and then replace paving along the whole route.”

    Traffic will be able to pass through, but will be restricted, as it was when trees were removed in an earlier phase of the project in spring.

  • Sales tax holiday set for Aug. 5-7

    Virginia will offer a sales tax holiday from Aug. 5-7 so that shoppers can purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing and footwear, emergency preparedness items and certain energy-efficient products without paying state and local sales tax.

    This two-day tax break is aimed to financially assist families for back-to-school shopping and encourage Virginians to take necessary precautions during hurricane season.

    Tax exempt items include:

  • Faith community's mission is to be more inclusive

    Editor’s note: This letter from the Carroll County Ministerial Association was read by the Rev. Amanda Hatfield Moore at a prayer vigil in Galax on July 24 held by Hearts United, which seeks to break down barriers between people and promote unity and peace. The movement began locally, in the wake of police shootings of black suspects around the country, and recent attacks on police officers.

    To the People of Carroll County:

  • Talk brings transgender issues to light

    INDEPENDENCE — Recent nationwide debates concerning the rights of transgender individuals have made headlines this year; the primary topic being policies requiring transgender men and women to use restrooms that reflect the gender that is printed on their birth certificate, rather than the gender they are aspiring (or in the midst of transitioning) to be.