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Today's News

  • Judge denies camera request for murder trial

    INDEPENDENCE — Cameras will not be allowed during court proceedings for a man charged with three counts of capital murder in Grayson County.

    Roanoke television station WDBJ 7 filed a motion in Grayson County District Court last month requesting permission to cover Frederick P. Hammer’s hearings and trial with video cameras.

    Hammer, 48, was arrested Jan. 26 in connection with the shooting deaths two days earlier of Ronald Hudler, 74, of Mouth of Wilson; his son, Fred Hudler, 45; and tree farm worker John Miller Jr., 25.

  • Four seek appointment to Hillsville Town Council

    HILLSVILLE — Supporters of an unsuccessful mayoral candidate in the May town election believe he should be appointed to Hillsville Town Council when his former opponent — Sulphur Springs Council Member Bill Tate — steps into the role of mayor in July.

    Tate's new position will leave a vacancy on council, and Billy Walls Sr. and his supporters want him to take Tate's place as the representative for the town's Sulphur Springs district.

    Tate got 288 votes in the May 6 election, and Walls got 175.

  • GHS renovation on schedule

    Galax High School Principal Bill Sturgill and Galax School Board Superintendent Sam Cook couldn't hide their excitement as they walked through the hallways of GHS, pointing out each recently restored classroom, rooms that are undergoing construction and the soon-to-be main entrance.

    This is all a part of an $8 million renovation project, which is expected to be complete in October. The school was built in the 1950s and hasn't had much of an update since.

  • Citizens allege wasteful spending

    HILLSVILLE — Besides accusing Carroll supervisors of being late to their public hearing on the fiscal year 2008-09 budget proposal, citizens also slammed the board for wasteful spending.

    The speakers at Monday’s hearing took the opportunity to share with the supervisors their opinions about the budget proposal that features a 59.5-cent real estate tax levy, following close on the heels of a land reassessment that pushed property values higher by an average of 40 percent.

  • Board rejects new school bids

    INDEPENDENCE — After receiving initial bids for the new school to be built in the Volney community of Grayson County, school board members opted to readvertise for construction bids after making some changes to the plan.

    Bids were due on June 3 for constructing the new facility, originally proposed to cost $6 million. The school board received three bids — all of which were far more than the proposed amount.

  • Republicans pick Butler for Elk Creek supervisor

    Elk Creek Republicans nominated Emil Butler as their choice for Grayson County supervisor during a mass meeting on June 5.

    Grayson will hold a special election for the Elk Creek district supervisor’s seat during the November general election.

    Supervisor Ralph Tuggle was in the midst of his second term when he resigned Nov. 20, 2007 to spend more time with his wife, Nancy, who was suffering health problems.

    Supervisors appointed Chris Morton to fill the vacancy for one year, as required by law. Morton decided not to seek election.

  • Hillsville designated 'Preserve America' community

    HILLSVILLE — The town's history has landed it a significant designation, becoming one of the country's newest "Preserve America" communities.

    Mayor Randall Gravely announced the achievement at Monday's meeting of Hillsville Town Council, and read a congratulatory letter from First Lady Laura Bush, honorary chairman of Preserve America.

    "This will allow Hillsville to apply for grants that we couldn't have otherwise," Gravely said. "We're going to put this to good use."

  • Four earn all-state in Group A track

    RADFORD ––Galax’s Manuel Echeagaray and Anna Sexton and Grayson County’s Michael Davis and Rosie Kirby placed among the top eight in their respective events and earned all-state status during the Group A track and field championships at Radford University’s Cupp Stadium.

    Davis, a senior headed for Lees-McCrae on a cross country scholarship, placed fourth in the 1600 meters with a time of 4 minutes, 35.4 seconds, edging defending state champion Nathan Brame of Radford for the position. He also placed fifth in the 3200 in 10:34.5.

  • Asbestos discovery stalls prison construction

    INDEPENDENCE — Workers have stopped construction at a medium-security prison site near Independence after discovering naturally occurring asbestos in rock there.

    Workers found the naturally occurring asbestos vein on May 9, said Virginia Department of Corrections Director Larry Traylor.

  • Galax changing signals

    Throughout the next few weeks, the City of Galax will phase out the current loop system at intersections along East Stuart Drive (U.S. 58) and install cameras above traffic signals to improve the traffic flow patterns and help save the city money.

    Installing cameras at one intersection each time, it may take six to eight weeks to install all of the cameras. The city will start at the Cranberry Road/East Stuart Drive intersection on Monday, closing one lane of traffic for the installation.