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Today's News

  • Maroon Tide spreads the wealth

    Basketball games every now and then will feature a player who would rather set up an easy bucket for a teammate than going to the hole himself. In that respect, the Galax boys’ soccer team has plenty of point guards.

    That’s not implying there’s a dearth of scorers among the Maroon Tide. On the contrary.

  • New gym debt likely $184,000 per year

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll officials have an answer to their question about the financial impact of building an auxiliary gym at the high school.
    County supervisors earlier in March requested a financial analysis of the idea to build an auxiliary gym and related facilities, including a connection between the main building and the field house to keep students from going outside as they change classes.

  • Zipline attraction planned for Whitetop

    WHITETOP — The Grayson County Planning Commission approved a special use permit following a public hearing on March 18 for the operation of a zip line ride in the Whitetop area.
    Developer Lenny Cottom attended the meeting to answer questions about the proposed project that will be on property owned by John Doyle Hensley, near the Virginia Creeper Trail.

  • 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.