Today's News

  • Bill threatens DMV income in Independence


  • Grayson School Board appoints new chairman

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board has a new chairman following a meeting Jan. 20.
    The board elected Hobert Bailey chairman and Shannon Holdaway vice chairman. Bailey was nominated by former chairwoman Misty Cassell.
    “Thank you,” said Bailey. “I appreciate your confidence, and I’ll do my best.”
    Member Gary Burris nominated Holdaway for vice chairman. Holdaway also served as vice chairman in 2010.

  • Carrico pushes for prison funding

    RICHMOND — Still hoping to bring some jobs to Grayson at the county's still-unoccupied state prison, Del. Bill Carrico is trying to find the funding to begin operations there.
    "I introduced a budget amendment for $25 million to cover the operational cost of the prison," the Republican from Fries told The Gazette on the phone from Richmond last week.

  • 2010 census likely to cost region a General Assembly seat

    The release of U.S. census data last week signaled the start of a process that will lead to a smaller voice for Southwest and Southside Virginia in making decisions for the commonwealth and for the country.
    Most of the region grew in population, but at a slower rate than Northern Virginia and other parts of the state.

  • 2010 Census: Grayson shrinks, Carroll and Galax grow

    U.S. Census 2010 data released last week shows that Carroll County and Galax grew since the last count in 2000, while Grayson County suffered one of the biggest losses of population in Virginia.
    Grayson County tied for fifth place among the largest population hemorrhages in the state.
    Grayson County had 17,917 souls at the time of the 2000 Census, and that fell to 15,533 — a loss of 2,384 people, or 13.3 percent.

  • Concealed machine guns in Va.?

    RICHMOND — Guns in the state Capitol? No problem.
    Guns in public libraries? Bring 'em on.
    But there's one line that Virginia's famously gun-friendly legislature apparently is not ready to cross. For now, at least, it will remain impossible to get a concealed-weapon permit to carry a machine gun.
    That's what Del. Jackson Miller's bill, HB2386, would have allowed. It failed to advance out of a House of Delegates subcommittee last week and so is likely dead for this legislative session.

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  • Two CCIS students charged with bringing firearms to school

    HILLSVILLE — Two male students at Carroll County Intermediate School have been charged after bringing firearms to school Friday, educators have confirmed.

  • DNA helps solve 2-year-old larceny case

    INDEPENDENCE — It took more than two years and a lot of investigative work, but the Independence Police Department finally made an arrest in a larceny case that occurred June 24, 2008.
    Cpl. Matthew Adams said DNA evidence led to the arrest of Harold Dean Payne, 54, of Denver, N.C.
    Payne is charged with two counts of damaging private property and two counts of grand larceny.

  • Galax man sentenced to 5 years for child porn

    ABINGDON — After taking a week to consider the case, a federal judge has sentenced a Galax man to five years in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography.
    Richard Lee Taylor, 38, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to the Internet child pornography charges. He received no plea agreement to lessen his sentence.

    Judge James P. Jones reviewed evidence in the week following a Jan. 19 sentencing hearing, and imposed the mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years for each of the two charges, which Taylor will serve concurrently.