Local News

  • Governor pitches pothole patching project

    For the second consecutive year, Gov. Bob McDonnell has instructed the state highway department to commence patching potholes across Virginia as winter comes to an end.
    McDonnell’s “pothole blitz” is a coordinated campaign to fix thousands of road divots that formed this winter as a result of moisture seeping into pavement, expanding as it freezes then weakening the integrity of the roadway during thaws.
    Once compromised, the pressure of vehicle traffic on the road can cause pavement degradation that leads to potholes.

  • VDOT looks at U.S. 58's environmental impact

    The Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on three environmental documents completed for the proposed widening of 26 miles of the U.S. 58 corridor between Hillsville and Stuart.
    The documents also cover a proposed project to improve a 1.6-mile section of Virginia 669 (Springwillow Drive) between U.S. 58 and Virginia 221 in Carroll County.
    The documents were required by the National Environmental Policy Act.

  • Hillsville, Carroll sign settlement


  • Council reappoints Garland, amends school budget

    Galax City Council has reappointed Donna Garland to the Galax School Board.
    Garland, whose term was set to expire June 30, was the only one that submitted a letter of interest to the city for the board position.
    "We are, as you know, in the middle of tightening the budget, and I think it would be difficult for anyone to step into a process like this," Garland wrote in the letter of interest. "While I think we have many people in Galax who would be wonderful additions to the board, I think at this time a continuity of effort is necessary."

  • Sheriff, CenturyLink warn of phone scam

    Grayson County citizens have contacted the sheriff's office about another phone scam recently.
    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said citizens are receiving calls from local numbers, but when they answer they hear a recording about their credit directing them to press a certain number for more information.
    “Criminals are more sophisticated these days, and it is important that we get the word out to prevent anyone from becoming a victim to one of these calls,” Vaughan said.
    This kind of scam, known as “spoofing,” is not new.

  • Localities to spend $5.25M on Wildwood


  • Sheriff plans to run for second term

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Sheriff Richard A. Vaughan has announced that he will seek re-election this November.
    Vaughan, an independent whose first four-year term ends in December, will likely face a challenge from former Grayson deputy Mark Burnett, who is seeking the Republican nomination.
    The incumbent didn't address his challenger in his official statement, instead focusing on his record.

  • Commission recommends ag-forest districts


  • 13 apply for finance director in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Of the 13 individuals who applied for the vacant finance director position in Grayson, County Administrator Jonathan Sweet said “seven quality applicants” were interviewed.
    “We have it narrowed down to two, and we will present them to the [Board of Supervisors] Thursday night in executive session,” Sweet said. “We will then make an offer following concurrence.”
    The county began seeking a finance director to analyze and report on the county’s financial status last month.

  • Service member dies in interstate crash