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Today's News

  • Va. to receive $11.5M from Wells Fargo settlement

    Staff Report

    Virginia will receive $11.5 million as its share of a settlement by Wells Fargo Bank to resolve claims that the bank violated state consumer protection laws.

    Anyone who feels they were victims of the bank’s improper business practices will be able to seek restitution.

  • Court dates set for former social services director

    Staff Report

    Court dates are pending in two localities regarding public intoxication charges against former director of Grayson County Social Services, Anthony Isom.

    Isom was charged in March and April with DUI and other alcohol-related offenses in Galax, Grayson County and Smyth County.

    According to police reports, Isom was charged with public intoxication in Grayson County on March 19, after being found walking along Skyline Highway.

  • Goad brings new ideas for Hillsville PD

    HILLSVILLE — In light of a new year around the corner, Interim Police Chief Shannon Goad is eager to bring new ideas to the table, focusing on enhanced public safety and community outreach in the Town of Hillsville.

    Goad, who was recently promoted from captain to interim chief of the Hillsville Police Department following the departure of former chief Wesley Yonce, is bringing more than 20 years of experiential knowledge in law enforcement to head up operations in hopes of “making the Town of Hillsville the best place to be,” he said.

  • Community center floods in Fries

    FRIES — Cleaning and restoration efforts are underway at the Fries Community Center after the building suffered flood damage from a burst sprinkler on Christmas Eve.

    Denny Brooms, Fries Community Center director, shared news of the flood on social media on Monday. Thursday, he reached out to the newspaper to share an update on the cleanup process.

    “We had hundreds of gallons pour in. It flooded our library and the lobby, and we’ve been cleaning up everything for several days,” said Brooms.

  • State to stop taking licenses for unpaid court debt

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced plans to end the suspension of driver’s licenses for citizens in Virginia who have outstanding criminal or traffic court debt.

    According to a recent article in The Virginian-Pilot Newspaper, Northam said the reason for outstanding court costs is primarily due to the fact that motorists cannot afford to pay their fines. He noted that suspending motorists’ drivers licenses for unpaid fees only makes the process more difficult for them.

  • Willing Partners finds temporary home

    Willing Partners has found temporary quarters, said director Kathy Cooley on Thursday.

    Cooley, spending the Christmas holidays with family, said that the Galax non-profit, which operates a thrift store and a food bank, will have its offerings split over two locations.

    “As soon as I get back we’re moving to temporary locations,” said Cooley. “The food bank will be at the old Sonic building [at 970 East Stuart Drive]. The thrift store, way scaled down, will be in the old D’s Trophy Shop [at 1103 East Stuart Drive].”

  • Work continues on Stockyard Road

    The reconstruction of Stockyard Road in Galax continues after it collapsed during a heavy rainstorm Oct. 11 that caused flooding throughout the city.

    “The goal is to have the road open to traffic in about two weeks,” said City Manager Keith Barker.

    The road connects with East Stuart Drive, near the New River Trail State Park entrance.

    Work is being done by Strickland Construction of Hillsville. Crews are carving into the hillside to move the road back from the steep bank that collapsed, and shoring up the bank under the road with stone.

  • Veterinary clinic relocates after landslide

    The Galax Veterinary Clinic, which has been closed due to repairs being done to Stockyard Avenue, has moved to 735 Glendale Road in Galax, said manager Sandy Hash.

    The clinic, in its temporary home, can provide basic services for pets, such as routine exams, preventative care and nail trimming, Hash said.

    However, for surgery or overnight pet stays, owners will need to go to the Galax Veterinary Clinic’s sister location, Mount Airy Animal Medical Services.

  • Victim program gets full funding

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll Board of Supervisors received good news during its December meeting: the county Victim’s Assistance Program will receive full grant funding from the state of Virginia.

    Among other agenda items, a public hearing was held regarding revisions to the county’s animal ordinance.

  • Project AIM is there to help WCC students

    Staff Report

    It has been only a year since Gabriel Solis Ramos of Galax enrolled in the business administration program at Wytheville Community College (WCC).

    When he began his college career, he was selected to participate in the Student Support Services Program, better known as Project AIM, which has given him support to succeed as a first-generation college student. The service has been available to WCC students for nearly 50 years.