Local News

  • Celebrating King's Dream

    Churches in the community united on Jan. 17 at Gospel Temple #2 in Galax to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the progress in Civil Rights that has been made throughout the years.

    Even though the event is held annually, the black community had something new to celebrate — the election of the first black president.

  • New River 'icebergs' break loose, cause damage

    A campground and several fishing areas have been destroyed along the New River after enormous pieces of ice broke apart and drifted downstream early this week.

    New River Trail State Park rangers are blaming the destruction on wildly shifting temperatures, mixed with near record snowfall last month.

    The area saw anywhere from 12 to 18 inches of snow in December, followed by single digit temperatures for several weeks.

  • Restrictions stick at Carroll Industrial Park

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll Industrial Park's development restrictions lacked one day of expiring before county officials renewed them for another 20 years, much to the consternation of two businessmen.

    The Carroll supervisors and the Industrial Development Authority held a public hearing on the covenants on Jan. 11, one day before the 20-year period on the restrictions would have expired.

    Without the approval of the two boards, the county would not have been able to put the covenants in place again, County Attorney Jim Cornwell said near the end of the discussion.

  • Virginia seeks halt to testing benchmarks

    If Virginia gets its way, the requirement that pass rates on state tests increase each year will screech to a near halt.

    A centerpiece of the federal No Child Left Behind legislation is that all schools will need to reach 100 percent proficiency on state tests by 2014. Virginia has required increases of a few percentage points annually or biennially for schools to make “Adequate Yearly Progress” toward that mandate.

  • One last hearing set before VDOT closing

    HILLSVILLE — There's time for one last secondary road public hearing before the Virginia Department of Transportation's Hillsville residency closes.

    Residency Administrator Bob Beasley appeared before the Carroll supervisors Jan. 11 to schedule the last such hearing before oversight is transferred to the Martinsville VDOT residency.

    "I can't believe a year has gone by, but it has, and we now have to schedule another public hearing," Beasley told the supervisors.

  • GHS Students Making Transitions

    Students that are a part of transition services at Galax High School admit they just love getting out of school each day.

    But they're not playing hooky. Instead, they're volunteering their time at Kroger, Willing Partners, Goodwill, Backpack Buddies and the Tri-Area Pregnancy Resource Center to learn new skills.

  • Grayson puts brakes on Phase II school projects

    INDEPENDENCE — Red lights are flashing on more than school buses in the Grayson County Public School system, after county leaders halted the next phase of the school’s long-range facilities update plan.

    The decision Thursday is a continuing effort by the county to identify both short- and long-term financial threats, challenges and opportunities.

  • Public record for 1/27/10 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. 

    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in October in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • SCC approves 2% APCo surcharge

    For many customers of Appalachian Power Co. feeling knee-capped by their electric bills for December, news from the Virginia State Corporation Commission might feel like the addition of insult to injury.

    Specifically, the SCC announced last Thursday that it had approved an increase in an “environmental and reliability surcharge.”

    The amount approved is less than the increase first sought by Appalachian; the utility had agreed to the lesser amount in October.

  • Galax police warn of scams

    The Galax Police Department has received numerous complaints recently from citizens who have been the victims of Internet fraud. The police department advises that:

    • if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    • unsolicited offers to loan money at low-interest rates should be carefully considered.

    • reputable financial institutions normally do not contact prospective clients via unsolicited email.