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  • River property hearing overflows

    INDEPENDENCE — The crowd spilled out the door and into the hallway of the Grayson County Courthouse boardroom on Aug. 18, as citizens arrived to address the Grayson Planning Commission about possible zoning ordinance changes to properties along the New River.

    The main purpose of the commission’s monthly meeting, as advertised in local papers earlier in the month, was to receive comments regarding “proposed text amendments” to the county’s zoning ordinance related to the shoreline recreation district of the county.

  • 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.

  • Galax expanding court, police dispatch

    The W. Harold Snead Safety Building, home of the Galax Police Department and Galax General District Court, is getting an addition soon.

    “We borrowed the money in fiscal year 2015 and did a bond with the projects for the veterans’ memorial, the conversion of the old health department to the juvenile probation offices and the police department addition,” said City Manager Keith Barker, who noted that the expenditure was approved in the budget.

  • 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.