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  • Candidate calls for coach resignations


    INDEPENDENCE – A candidate for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board appeared before the board Monday night to request that two members resign.

    Tracy “Zeke” Anderson told the board, “I am requesting these football coaches resign from the board effective immediately and failure to do so will send a clear message to our community and the citizens of Grayson County that this board intends to willfully violate Virginia code.”

  • Grayson lands meat processing facility


    INDEPENDENCE – River Ridge Land & Cattle Co. announced Wednesday plans to construct a new meat processing plant in Grayson County.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that River Ridge will build and operate a new meat processing plant, investing $2.1 million and creating 11 new jobs over the next three years.

    River Ridge will also purchase nearly $4 million in Virginia-grown beef and pork for use at its new plant that is being constructed in the Grayson County Industrial Park.

  • Oct. 17 is registration deadline for November election

    Staff Reports

    With all the drama surrounding the presidential election, it might be easy to forget one very important detail — Monday is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election.

  • Meat processing facility will add 11 jobs in Grayson

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that River Ridge Land and Cattle Company, LLC will build and operate a new meat processing facility in Grayson County. The company will invest $2.1 million and create 11 new jobs over the next three years. River Ridge will also purchase nearly $4 million in Virginia-grown beef and pork for use at its new facility. The Commonwealth of Virginia is partnering with Grayson County and River Ridge Land and Cattle on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund.

  • Ross ends campaign for school board seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Ruth Ross, one of five candidates for the open at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board in a special election on Nov. 8, has announced that she will withdraw from the race.

    With her campaign ended, Ross announced her endorsement of fellow candidate Robert Benish.

    In an interview with the newspaper on Monday, Ross explained that her decision to drop out of the race came after she and her husband began to consider a move to Washington, in order to be closer to their two grown children and their two grandsons.

  • Carroll schools face bus driver shortage

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County faces a shortage of bus drivers in the public school system and has implemented an incentive program to try to attract new employees. The incentive includes provisions for new drivers and those current drivers who recruit them.

    According to Elizabeth Motley, director of human resources for Carroll County Public Schools, the transportation department is shorthanded all the way around. Last year, Motley realized this could be a problem and took steps to come up with a solution.

  • Indictments include drug, fraud charges


    INDEPENDENCE – Indictments against three Independence residents have recently been unsealed.

    The Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury met July 22 and returned several sealed indictments. They were not made public until those named in the indictments were charged.

    The included:

  • Two ejected in Cliffview crash

    Staff Report

    A wreck on Cliffview Road on Oct. 4 sent all three occupants to the hospital due to not wearing seatbelts, police said.

    According to Trooper S.E. Kinney, the Virginia State Police was called to an automobile accident on Cliffview during the early morning hours of Oct. 4. The accident occurred at 2:50 a.m., about .2 mile north of Creekview Drive, near Galax.

  • Claims found in former VA employee's possession

    A large number of documents, including veterans’ claims, were discovered in a storage unit belonging to a former veterans’ office employee who worked at Richmond’s McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center.

    Virginia Department of Veterans Services retrieved and secured the documents at the agency’s Richmond headquarters, and are reviewing documents so that affected veterans can be notified and assisted in filing claims.

    The Virginia attorney general notified the Virginia State Police and requested a criminal investigation.

  • Officers recognized for work on homicide investigation

    Staff Reports

    Two local police officers have been commended for their work in collecting evidence at the scene of a double homicide in Galax earlier this year.

    Detective Aaron Criner of the Galax Police Department and Special Agent Russell Edwards of the Virginia State Police were the recipients of the 2016 Dr. Paul Ferrara Virginia Forensic Science Academy Crime Scene Officer of the Year Award.

    Both men were nominated by Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.