• Grant pays for school security upgrades

    RICHMOND — Five schools in Grayson County will benefit from school security equipment grants recently announced by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

    The grants will apply to 519 schools and other educational facilities in 100 school divisions statewide. The total $6 million will go toward paying for video monitoring systems, metal detectors, classroom locks, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems and other security upgrades, according to a news release.

  • GCHS homecoming to feature parade


    INDEPENDENCE – Something new has been added to this year’s homecoming celebration at Grayson County High School – a victory parade and community pep rally.

    The Blue Devils will take on the Floyd County Buffaloes on Friday at 7 p.m. A homecoming queen will be crowned at halftime.

    The parade and pep rally will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The parade theme is: “We are loud, We are proud, We are Grayson County.”

  • Carroll teachers and students recognized

    HILLSVILLE – At the Carroll County School Board meeting on Sept. 8, teachers and students were recognized for outstanding accomplishments.

    Steve Mason and Matthew Tompkins, educators at the Carroll County Alternative Education Center, were recognized as Outstanding Specialists with the Jobs for Virginia Graduates (JVG) program.

  • Massie to serve as school chief until Nov. 30


    INDEPENDENCE – Dr. Larry Massie will continue to serve as interim superintendent of the Grayson County School System through Nov. 30, after the Grayson County School Board approved a memorandum of agreement at its Sept. 14 meeting.

    Massie, who lives in Richmond, was appointed interim superintendent on June 17 after superintendent Kevin Chalfant resigned on May 31.

    The school board is continuing to interview applicants for the superintendent’s position.

  • GHS ready to kick off football field work

    A construction project at the Galax High School football field will keep rain from washing mud onto the field and track, but keeping runoff out of the stands will have to wait.

    Galax School Board members discussed the upcoming improvements at their Sept. 8 meeting.

    Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill told the board that the project is not yet underway, but is being prepared for. Galax is working with engineering firm The Lane Group.

    The project was put out to bid, but only one was received.

  • Celebrating a decade of making a difference

    Crossroads Institute held its 10-year anniversary celebration Aug. 25 with a video presentation, words from new director Brenda Sutherland and refreshments. The event started at 10 a.m. and lasted about 90 minutes.

    The video focused on “success stories” from those who have been helped by the institution’s business incubator at Crossroads, including Steve Winesett of Candor Construction, Travis Belton and Joanie Newman of Moog-Galax and Leigh Ann Richardson of Vital Supply in Wytheville.

  • Grayson keeping school chief interviews confidential

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board will conduct interviews with candidates to fill the school superintendent’s seat from Aug. 24 to Sept. 2.

    Board Chairman Larry Bartlett confirmed that candidates for superintendent will be interviewed “in a closed meeting at an undisclosed location for the next 15 days [beginning Aug. 24].”

    The school board received 27 inquiries about the position and 19 applications, according to a summary provided by School Board Chairman Larry Bartlett.

  • Kaine tours CCHS lab, Vaughan-Bassett plant

    U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) made two Twin Counties stops on his way through Southwest Virginia last Thursday, visiting the STEM lab at Carroll County High School and the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture plant in Galax.

    The stops were part of Kaine’s swing through Virginia on U.S. 58.

    At the CCHS lab, Kaine saw several students demonstrate projects they’re working on. The STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) lab at CCHS had a strong agricultural focus, and a farm for its use.

  • Construction firm based at Crossroads lands $6.5M contract

    On April 30, the few at Crossroads Institute who knew exhibited quiet satisfaction.

    Candor Construction Inc., a general contractor that three years ago entered the Crossroads incubator in Galax, had just landed a $6.5 million shopping center construction project in Morgantown, W.Va. “You don’t hear numbers that big in this building very often,” quipped one Crossroads board member.

  • Crossroads celebrates successful decade

    Ten years ago, when the Crossroads Institute opened its doors, the goal was to bolster opportunities for education and economic development in the region.

    But what took place was something beyond what anyone expected. Not only did the facility succeed in giving local individuals a step up to higher education, and a wide range of employment opportunities, it also played a key role in uniting Galax, Carroll County and Grayson County in their shared goals of economic development.