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  • 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.

  • Richardson: Crossroads a 'lifesaver' for business

    Some who know Leigh Ann Richardson would say her ability to succeed comes naturally.

    But when it comes to business and education, Richardson credits Crossroads Institute for much of her achievement.

    “I’m thankful there’s a place people can come and get constructive feedback about starting a business – about a plan and making that plan come true,” said Richardson, who also teaches nursing for Wytheville Community College at Crossroads.

  • Tractor-trailers crash on I-77

    Two wrecks on Interstate 77 between 2:45 p.m. and 2:55 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon left only minor injuries but thousands of dollars’ worth of damages, according to Trooper S.M. Cochran and Sgt. T.S. Todd of Virginia State Police.

    Both accidents occurred in the vicinity of mile marker 22, according to the troopers.

    According to Todd, the first wreck occurred when a northbound tractor-trailer driven by James Louis, 32, of Winterhaven, Fla., started fishtailing. Louis lost control and jackknifed into the median embankment.

  • Two injured in East Stuart Drive wreck

    A two-vehicle accident left both drivers with multiple injuries at the intersection of Meadow Street and E. Stuart Drive at 8:33 p.m. Tuesday night, according to Officer Drew Bobbitt, who was in charge of the scene.

    A 1999 Dodge Intrepid driven by Johnathan Christian Harris, 24, of Galax, was on Meadow Street at the traffic light next to the CVS, intending to make a left turn onto E. Stuart Drive. He ran a red light and was hit by a 2012 Toyota 4-door sedan, driven by Colleen Marie McGuire, 21, of Ennice, N.C.

  • Grayson School Board eliminates JV football team

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board voted last week to eliminate the junior varsity football team because of the lack of players.

    The change creates an 8-9 team (for eighth graders and high school freshmen) and a varsity team (for sophomores, juniors and seniors.) Seventh graders would be left out, but could still find opportunities to play in recreational leagues.

  • Brewer runs for Grayson treasurer as independent

    INDEPENDENCE — Stephanie Brewer has announced her candidacy for the Grayson County treasurer position in the November election.

    Brewer, who has registered as an independent candidate, according to the State Board of Elections database, will run against incumbent Democrat Robert Kelly Haga.

    In making her announcement, Brewer stated “I am a strong conservative who understands the need for taxation, but believes it should be as minimally intrusive as possible in people’s everyday lives.”

  • Grayson doubles money to assist local entrepreneurs

    INDEPENDENCE — The Mount Rogers Business Challenge, a contest for entrepreneurs, was pitched to the Grayson Board of Supervisors last week, after which the board immediately agreed to back it with a $10,000 match.

    The match will double the number of participants and expand the contest to other areas of the county.

  • Students praised as SOL scores improve

    By SHANNON WATKINS & SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    and Landmark News Service

    Changes that allowed more students to retake Standards of Learning exams helped boost scores across core subjects this past school year, based on pass rates released Aug. 11 by the Virginia Department of Education. Local school divisions mirrored state trends.

    Elementary and middle school students were allowed to retake the tests for the first time last school year following a change in the law. High schoolers already had the chance to do so.

  • Training center will campaign to keep doors open

    HILLSVILLE — Although plans are still in place for the 2018 closing of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center (SWVTC) in Hillsville, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors is still fighting to raise awareness and support to keep the facility open.

    During the board’s Aug. 10 meeting, Supervisor Dr. Tom Littrell announced a partnership between the board and the Parent Advocacy and Advisory Council (PAAC), who have decided to host a rally to save the training center.

  • Crossroads helps Moog expand, train managers

    When Moog-Galax managers Travis Belton and Joanie Newman wanted to earn their master’s degrees in business administration, they approached Crossroads Institute.

    Both earned MBAs from Averett University in 2013, yet neither set foot on the Danville campus until graduation.

    And when Moog Components Group, the world’s leading slip ring manufacturer, needed additional space for electronic circuit board assembly, again Crossroads was the solution.