Local News

  • Supervisor wants to increase board pay

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has discussed the possibility of a pay increase for continuing and incoming supervisors, beginning next year.

  • Cana fire results in fatality

    CANA – A fire in Cana claimed the life of a man on Nov. 13.

  • Ministry brings hope to prisoners

    INDEPENDENCE — River North Correction Center recently hosted a five-day prison ministry event to share a religious message with inmates who seek guidance from a higher power.

    Kairos, a prison ministry, sends volunteers to the facility twice a year for this event. Their recent visit took place from Oct. 21-25.

    (“Kairos” is a Greek word that means an opportunity or decisive moment.)

  • Break-in, grand larceny among Galax arrests

    Staff Report

    A break-in, an assault and a grand larceny were among the incidents investigated by the Galax Police Department last week, according to a police report.

    Kevin David Liddle, 33, of Galax, was arrested for breaking into the home of his former girlfriend, who had called 911.

  • Grayson man reported missing

    Staff Report

    The Grayson County Sheriff's Office is requesting help from the community to locate John William Wingler Sr., who is considered missing and endangered due to health concerns.

    According to a news release from the sheriff's office, Wingler was last seen at his home in Whitetop during the early morning hours of Nov. 12.

    Wingler is 74 years old, 5' 9" tall, and 165 pounds. His eyes are blue, and his hair is a mix of red and gray.

  • Carroll begins new administrator search

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors discussed the hiring timeline for a new county administrator in its meeting on Nov. 12.

    Gary Larrowe, the current administrator, will resign his position effective Dec. 31. Larrowe has been hired by Botetourt County to serve as administrator.

  • Grayson kills coyote contest, bounty fate undecided

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors sought the opinions of two incoming members last week during a discussion of whether to continue its support of a coyote bounty program and, subsequently, a second coyote hunting competition.

    A bounty for coyotes was proposed last year to reduce the number of coyotes that threatened deer, pets and livestock throughout the county. The initial cap for the project was $5,000, which supervisors later doubled when the county ran out of money to pay the bounties.

  • Commission revises plans for riverside properties

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Planning Commission recently discussed and approved several revisions for rules governing the county’s shoreline recreation zones.

  • Comcast will cap data plans at 300GB/month

    Cable giant Comcast has announced that starting Dec. 1, there will be a 300 GB (gigabyte) per month cap on its data plans, but customers who run over the plan can be charged for additional blocks of 50 GB of data at $10 each.

    This will apply to Galax area customers, according to Comcast.

    According to Alex Horwitz, vice president of public relations, there’s another option for data, for what Comcast terms the “Big South Region” (Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee and Southwest Virginia).

  • GNB, Bank of Floyd to merge

    Staff Report

    The parent companies of Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd will combine.

    Cardinal Bankshares Corp., parent company of Bank of Floyd, and Grayson Bankshares, Inc., parent company of Grayson National Bank, announced the agreement Sunday.

    The two community banks have more than 200 years of combined history.

    A news release said the two recognize a unique opportunity to joining together to serve the community.