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Today's News

  • Old school meets tomorrow's tech

    BAYWOOD — An old Chinese proverb states that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” and for the up-and-coming Baywood Technology Center — a growing initiative that will span multiple counties and involve a growing number of partners — the spark began with a single meeting.

  • Bible class bill opposed by Baptists

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — A local legislator’s bill to put Bible classes in Virginia schools has cleared one hurdle in the General Assembly, but faces opposition from a surprising source: Baptists.

    Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) introduced SB 1502, which would allow local school boards to offer a high school elective course on the Old Testament and New Testament.

    The House of Delegates Education Committee approved the bill 13-9 on Wednesday, and it is now being considered in the House Appropriations Committee.

  • Foster families needed in Galax

    Galax is experiencing a foster care crisis, according to Department of Social Services (DSS) Director Tammy Smith, but an event this Sunday may help alleviate the problem, if citizens get involved.

    Foster care is the DSS service called on when children have to be placed somewhere outside their own home because their original family is unable to care for them. It relies on a willing and available population of families or households willing to take them in — and in Galax, that population is so full there’s no room left.

  • Arrests involve break-ins, shoplifting

    Staff Reports

    Four arrests of note occurred in Galax last week, according to a report issued by Galax Police Chief DeWitt Cooper.

    On Feb. 4, Sgt. Trevor Jefferson was dispatched to South Main Street in reference to suspicious activity in the area. Upon arrival, Jefferson spoke to an individual who advised there were three male subjects who had been in the back of a building and in a Ford Ranger with farm use tags. The subjects had left after being yelled at.

  • Ring of Honor

    If you’re not into athletics, specifically into wrestling, you might have driven right by the Ford Athletic Center on South Main Street in Galax and barely noticed it was there.

    The plain gray square-edged building, which formerly boasted a large garage, is now the home of a practice space for the Wrestling Club, comprised of Galax, Carroll, Grayson and Surry County, N.C. high school students (and for Galax High School wrestling team members), but in reality, it’s so much more.

  • Budget on hold until new water rates in place

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County’s abolition of non-user fees for water service and changes to water rates are presenting a challenge for the county’s Public Service Authority (PSA).

    Rate structures are still unknown, which is making it difficult for the PSA to develop its budget.

    The authority presented status updates during its Feb. 11 meeting regarding efforts made toward amending rate structures and ensuring a self-supporting water system.

  • Virginia moves to raise age to buy tobacco products

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — Legislation making its way through the General Assembly would raise the legal age for purchasing and possessing tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21, drawing mixed reactions from young adults who would be affected by the new law.

    The House and Senate have passed similar bills to increase the age to buy or possess products containing tobacco or nicotine. Each chamber is now working on the other’s measure.

  • New court helps addicts recover

    Quietly, twice a month at the Galax District Court, a small reprieve is taking place for people who need a specific kind of help: the Twin County Recovery Court.

    While it takes place physically in Galax, it’s really just a docket related to drug issues. It’s a special project designed to provide assistance for people who have drug problems but haven’t yet been dragged down into heavier crimes.

  • Grayson boards meet to plan future

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors and the Grayson County School Board held a joint meeting Jan. 28 to discuss mutual problems and a variety of other subjects.

  • New park planned for Grayson

    Staff Report

    MOUTH OF WILSON — Cynthia “Cindi” Doty Price and Park Doty envision a beautiful park along the New River, accessible to all.

    To realize this vision, they recently donated 30 acres of land along the river in Mouth of Wilson to the New River Land Trust. The trust will hold the property and transfer it to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) by the end of 2019 to become a park.