Local News

  • Vaughan wants to carry on predecessor's school goals

    INDEPENDENCE — Philip Vaughan, interim at-large member of the Grayson County School Board, has filed as a candidate in a special election Nov. 8 for the remainder of the term, following the sudden death of Vaughan’s friend and former board member Tim “T.T.” Carico.

    Vaughan, a Fries native and graduate of the school system, was selected by the board in August to serve as the at-large member for the remainder of the year. The special election will determine who holds the spot for the next three years, beginning in 2017.

  • Medicaid expansion would cover additional 3,000 locally

    Galax City Council has approved a letter of support for Medicaid expansion in Virginia, which would make hundreds of additional citizens eligible for healthcare coverage in the city.

    Democrats in the General Assembly and Gov. Terry McAuliffe have been pushing for expansion, but Republican legislators oppose the move.

    Twin County Regional Hospital CEO Jon Applebaum and Galax Director of Social Services Susan Clark spoke at council’s Oct. 24 meeting about Medicaid expansion and how it would affect citizens. Both stressed the need for such expansion.

  • Dog mauling death suspects headed to court

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE – Two Grayson County residents charged in the dog attack death of a 15-month-old girl have pending court dates.

    A Grayson Circuit Court grand jury met on Oct. 28 and indicted Terra Lynn Connell and John Terry Underwood on charges involving the January death of Payton Lyrik Sawyers, who was killed by the couple’s dog, according to police reports.

  • ON THE BALLOT: NOV. 8, 2016

    Staff Reports

    The debates are history. The barrage of TV ads is almost over. The signs will not sway much longer in your neighbor’s yard. You’ve (hopefully) made up your mind by now.

    Tuesday is Election Day. Finally.

  • Two injured in Hebron Road wreck

    A two-vehicle accident on Hebron Road in Galax on Thursday afternoon at 4:18 p.m. left multiple injuries but no fatalities, according to Virginia State Trooper Charlie Delp.

    A 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Dennis Matthew Higgins, 21, of Woodlawn, pulled out of Mount Zion Road onto Hebron Road when his vehicle was struck by a 2006 Pontiac Vibe driven by Mary Lucille Wyatt, 58, of Independence.

    Wyatt and a passenger were transported from the scene for treatment of what Delp described as moderate injuries. Both vehicles were totaled.

  • Voters will decide on labor union amendment

    Landmark News Service

    Virginia has had a right-to-work law since 1947 governing organized labor.

    The law forbids an employer from requiring union membership as a condition of employment.

    Republicans in the General Assembly want to go a step further, and Virginia voters will decide Tuesday whether to make that provision of state law part of the state constitution.

  • City council recognizes coach, police officers

    At the Oct. 24 Galax City Council meeting, special recognition was presented to a Galax High School coach and three Galax Police Department detectives.

    Veteran theater coach B.J. Carroll was lauded for her induction into the 2016 Virginia High School League Hall of Fame. Carroll is the GHS coach with the most wins, leading theatrical teams to the state championships six times and coaching numerous state best actor award winners.

  • Tractor-trailer overturns in Independence

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A North Dakota man was charged in a single-vehicle accident after overturning a tractor-trailer along the New River Valley Parkway on Nov. 1.

    According to a report from Virginia State Trooper J.E. Tilson, Anthony Lee Smith, 60, of West Fargo, N.D., was operating a 2000 Camp Peterbilt tractor trailer along the parkway when he ran off the right side of the roadway, hit an embankment and overturned into a fence. The accident occurred around 5 p.m.

  • 'A life like ours' for SWVTC residents

    HILLSVILLE — When state legislators toured the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Hillsville last week, they didn’t find a cold, clinical institution. Instead, they visited a neighborhood of cottages that looked like many other residential neighborhoods.

    Trash cans sat at the curb for garbage days. Pumpkins decorated lawns for the Halloween holiday. Bedrooms were decorated to the occupants’ wishes. A resident returning from work off-campus welcomed a visitor inside to show them around.

  • Assistance available for problems at the polls

    Staff Report

    Virginia voters who are denied access or have other problems at the polls this Election Day are encouraged to call or write the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia for help.

    ACLU staff will take calls at (804) 644-8080 and respond to emails sent to acluva@acluva.org throughout Election Day on Nov. 8.