Today's News

  • Mitchell to seek 8th term on city council

    Four seats on Galax City Council are up for re-election this year, with five candidates contesting to fill them.
    C.M. Mitchell is vying for another opportunity to serve on the council. If elected again in May, this will be his eighth term.

  • Nepotism ban passes with split vote

    INDEPENDENCE — After going back to the drawing board and composing three drafts, Grayson County Supervisors passed an anti-nepotism policy last Thursday night; however, two supervisors opposed the “tweaks” in the new draft.
    The original draft of the anti-nepotism policy presented to the supervisors during their February meeting prohibited the board from appointing or hiring any family member and would have forced supervisors to disclose familial relationships before new hires or appointments.

  • Cassell's threads of history

    This story was written by Penelope Moseley and was submitted for the Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Home Foundation.

    HILLSVILLE — The Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Home Foundation is reopening Mayetta’s Market on April 3 after a winter break.
    The market features quality handmade original art and crafts in many forms, as well as publications by local talents.
    Laura Cassell, who turned age 94 in January, has worked tirelessly this brutal winter to replenish her inventory at the market.

  • Grand jury indicts 53 in Carroll County

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County grand jury issued 141 indictments against 53 individuals in Monday’s circuit court session.
    The indictments include an aggravated malicious wounding charge against Pamela Denise Peaks, 47, in a January incident in Hillsville involving her 48-year-old husband. Investigators believed that the incident between Peaks and James Parnell “Crow” Peaks started as a domestic dispute.

  • Two charged with drug offenses in Galax


  • Educators fear state funding shortfall

    RICHMOND — Don’t be fooled by gaudy figures of proposed state public school funding, say education officials.
    Whatever lawmakers do, whenever they do it, education advocates fear appropriations will fall short of past funding levels.
    From teacher pay, to support staff funding, to pension plan changes, educators in Virginia say recent policy changes have left them scrambling to adjust in an era when state-per-pupil spending hasn’t recovered to 2009 levels.

  • Mava Vass named Hillsville Citizen of the Month

    HILLSVILLE — Mava S. Vass touched many lives as an educator and community volunteer over the years, all the while keeping humble about her achievements.
    At the March 10 meeting of Hillsville Town Council, it was time to shine the spotlight on Vass and publicly thank her.

  • Occupants, pets escape mobile home fire

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call at 113 Religion Road in Piper’s Gap on Friday, where a trailer had reportedly caught fire.

    The department received the call at 4:25 p.m. on March 14, and responding firefighters found smoke and flames showing at the scene. Crews were on scene for about an hour, commanded by Assistant Chief Mark Burnett, according to the fire report.

    Piper’s Gap Rescue stood by at the scene, and the Hillsville Fire Department sent an engine and manpower to stand by at the Galax station.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/17/14

    Editor’s note:
    We received a written response to a call that ran a few weeks back, titled “Name that tune.” It was from a caller who wanted to know who sang a song they heard on the radio. Here’s a response from the singer, Sandy David: “I was pleased to hear you enjoyed my latest single, ‘This One is Mine.’ You can hear it on Sundays on Dave Lammy’s program. God bless!”

    A right to speak

  • Not all land is created equal

    Carroll supervisors have a plan to help property owners turn their hard-to-reach or inaccessible land into cash.
    These ideas, called “Class C subdivisions” and “flag lots” that have entry through driveways known as “flag poles” are proposed modifications to the county’s subdivision ordinance.
    Class C subdivisions as proposed would be limited to five lots off a narrow, dead-end road.