Today's News

  • McDonnell vetoes Senate districting lines

     RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell has sent the General Assembly back to the drawing board to reapportion Virginia’s state legislative districts.

    But the Republican governor may have hard time getting his political adversaries to budge.

    McDonnell vetoed the General Assembly’s redistricting legislation on April 15, citing flaws with the reconfigured Senate districts that were drawn by the chamber’s Democratic majority. 

  • Spotlight shines on energy efficiency grant

     A $75,000 federal grant should shed some light on where energy efficiency could save money in an era of steeply rising power costs, local officials said Thursday.

  • Two former DSS workers sentenced

    ABINGDON — A former senior social worker for the Grayson County Department of Social Services who oversaw Adult Protective Services was sentenced Monday on federal fraud charges arising from the theft of money from two elderly clients.

    A former companion care provider hired to work with her was also sentenced on charges stemming from misuse of a debit card and theft from a bank account belonging to a patient the defendant was hired to care for.

  • Carroll IDA sharpens goals and roles

     HILLSVILLE  — The Carroll Industrial Development Authority continues brainstorming ways to become more of a catalyst for business and job growth in the county.

    As the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority spearheads large regional efforts, IDA members want to find ways to complement its work with a focus on issues at the county level.

  • Fatal crash may have medical cause

     UPDATED 9:37 p.m.  — The Thursday accident on Interstate 77 that ended the life of a Vienna, W.Va., man may have been caused by a medical issue, authorities believe.

    The accident near the 7.2 mile marker is still being investigated by Virginia State Police.

  • Grayson: tax hike would be required


    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County leaders have had their first look at a proposed 2011-12 school budget that includes $5.56 million in local funds — and indicated that a tax increase is the only way to fund the request.
    The Grayson County School Board officially presented its $21 million budget proposal to the supervisors during a joint meeting March 28 with about 30 citizens and school personnel in attendance.

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  • Belton seeks Republican nomination

    Kenneth Belton of the Baywood community announced last week that he will seek the Republican nomination for the Oldtown District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.
    Belton is a founding member of and EMT for Baywood Search and Rescue. He has volunteered with the squad for 28 years. He is a 25-year member of the Galax Moose Lodge and an executive board member of the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce, where he has served for six years — the past three years as president.

  • Carroll County 7-0 after sweeping Golden Wave

     GRUNDY –– Carroll County ran its season-opening win streak to seven games Thursday with a pair of easy wins over Grundy, sweeping a Southwest District double header 13-0 and 17-1.