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Today's News

  • Galax's new school plan on hold

    Galax City Public Schools’ recent request for a conditional use permit to build a new elementary school in the city was tabled during Galax City Council’s March 24 meeting, after a lengthy discussion resulted in a split vote among members of the Galax Planning Commission.
    Discussions were long — and, at times, heated — during the two-and-a-half-hour session that evening. Following statements from five concerned citizens, members of both council and the planning commission became divided in their opinions about the school system’s request.

  • Governor offers 2-year Medicaid pilot program

    RICHMOND — How dysfunctional is the Virginia General Assembly right now?
    So much that members back in town for the opening day of a special session on an unfinished state budget clashed over routine procedural resolutions.
    Those measures, which set rules for legislative sessions, are normally agreed to as a matter of course.
    On Monday, the House of Delegates and the state Senate split on them — an inauspicious start to a critical policy-making session when Virginia’s $96 billion, two-year budget hangs in the balance.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/26/14

    Getting in?
    In the March 17 Hotline comment, “back of the line,” talking about people criticizing and judging the gay and lesbian population and that these people are liable to get to the pearly gates and in before we get there. The Bible says we are supposed to love the sinner and hate the sin. But, if this person cannot read the Bible and see where it says you can’t lay down man with man or woman with woman. That is an abomination in God’s eyes. So, if God’s against it, how are they are going to get in the pearly gates?

  • Grayson schools ask for more in budget

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board is asking county supervisors for $250,000 above the minimally required funding for the 2014-2015 school year, to help fund building renovations, the purchase of a new school bus and laptops for the students.
    Although budget plans are still in their early stages, the two groups are openly discussing their options to continue meeting each other’s goals.

  • Reeves agrees to speedy trial in murder case

    INDEPENDENCE — Chad Allen Reeves, facing a first-degree murder charge in the 2002 shooting death of Brandon Billings, agreed to seek a speedy trial during an appearance in Grayson County Circuit Court last Friday.

  • That old-time religion

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

  • Love, Hopkins to marry

    Duane and Anita Love announce the engagement of their daughter, Scarlett M. Love of Galax, to Matthew P. Hopkins, son of P-Nut and Lisa Hopkins of Chilhowie.

    They met at Wytheville Community College while pursuing a degree in physical therapy assisting.
    The couple plans to marry at Trinity Baptist Church in Galax at 2 p.m. April 26. A reception at Blue Ridge Country Club will follow. Family and friends are invited.

  • He's three

    Conner Sutherland celebrated his third birthday March 8 at Chuck E. Cheese with his family. He is the son of Matthew and Jessica Sutherland of Independence.

    He has a sister, Halley Sutherland. Maternal grandparents are David Osborne of Fries and the late Connie Osborne. Paternal grandparents are Richard and Brenda Sutherland of Elk Creek. He has two uncles Brandon and Shane Osborne, both of Fries.

  • Turns two

    Hunter James Lineberry celebrated his second birthday Feb. 13. His parents are Mark and Adair Lineberry.

    Grandparents are Darrell and Ramona Surface, Terry and Susie Lineberry and Pat Shumate. Great-grandparents are Avis and Lois Nester and Mary Melton.

  • He's two

    Carter Montgomery celebrated his second birthday Jan. 12 with family and friends. He is the son of Heather Montgomery.

    His grandparents are Debbie and James Montgomery. His great-grandparents are Scott and Jean Isom and Billy and Frances Montgomery.