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Today's News

  • Most Virginians don't want officials to resign, poll finds

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — Virginians have low approval ratings of Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, but most people say no one should resign or be impeached, according to a recent poll by the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

    It found that of the state’s three top officials, Attorney General Mark Herring is the best-positioned to remain in office.

  • Carroll citizens speak out on debt, tax proposals

    HILLSVILLE — Changes to tax collection in Carroll have been tabled for review after the board of supervisors heard concerns from citizens regarding the county’s current financial status and recent proposals for amendments to tax collection and exemption ordinances.

  • Disaster relief could be trickle or flood for Galax

    Up to 73 percent of costs to the city associated with last year’s Hurricane Michael could be reimbursed, Galax officials learned from a recent meeting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

    Also at the Feb. 11 city council meeting, a citizen asked for help addressing flooding problems on Swanson Street.

    City Manager Keith Barker said he; Galax Police Capt. James Cox, who is the lead disaster coordinator; and Finance Director Judy Taylor-Gallimore were present for the FEMA meeting.

  • We need a new standard for when politicians should step down

    Tracey L. Rogers is an entrepreneur and activist living in Northern Virginia.

    In the 400th year since chattel slavery began in the colony of Virginia in 1619, the commonwealth has been under severe duress, with its heads of state embroiled in controversies descended from the colony’s founding sin.

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  • Carroll board developing debt policy

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Board of Supervisors members are worried that the county’s debt total doesn’t include all the money it owes for projects, and that the county has no debt policy.

    The county is also struggling with how to replace revenue it will lose after the repeal of non-user water fees goes into effect.

  • Arrests in Galax involve drugs, larceny, child abuse

    Staff Report

    Galax police handled a variety of cases recently, ranging from larceny and shoplifting to drug violations and child abuse.

    On Feb. 13, Officer Meagan Parks and Senior Patrol Officer Darrin Alley responded to a shoplifting call at Walmart. After a brief investigation, Kimberly A. Breeding, 52, of Galax, was charged with larceny (third or subsequent offense), according to a police report.

    She is being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail on a secured bond.

  • Assembly OKs bills to address housing, eviction

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — A flurry of bills addressing affordable housing and high eviction rates in Virginia cities has moved forward in the House and Senate.

    Three bills on those issues have passed both chambers and have been sent to Gov. Ralph Northam to be signed into law. Several other measures have passed one chamber and are awaiting a floor vote in the other.

  • Second thoughts

    SALEM –– It wasn’t the finish Grayson County had envisioned, but it was a finish every team but two – Poquoson and the Blue Devils themselves – would have gladly taken.

    Hoping to knock Poquoson from atop the Class 2 wrestling mountain, Grayson County advanced three wrestlers to the championship round Saturday night at the Salem Civic Center but came up empty in the finals, settling for a second straight second-place team trophy.

  • All for one, one for brawl

    SALEM –– Anyone who has watched Joshua Spurlin on a wrestling mat over the past four years should be able to ascertain that he is a left-brain grappler. He’s logical. Calculating. Analytical. Technical. And anyone who has seen Caxton Vaught wrestle knows that he has no dimmer switch.