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  • 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.

  • Chase through two counties ends with crash

    A high-speed northbound chase up Interstate 77 and across two counties ended in arrest for a West Virginia man on Aug. 8 at about 10:15 p.m., said Virginia State Trooper T.S. Todd.

    A 2012 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Demorrea Juan Curry, 19, of Beckley, W.Va., was spotted going 94 mph in a 65 mph zone by Todd, who pursued Curry starting around the 11.5 milepost on the interstate. According to Todd, Curry refused to pull over.

  • Car overturns, catches fire in Va. 100 crash

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE — A 7-year-old boy was airlifted for treatment after a three-vehicle accident in Hillsville on Saturday night at 7:35 p.m., according to Virginia State Trooper R.D. Horton.

  • Four facing drug charges in Galax

    Staff Reports

    Four people have been charged with drug violation in three recent cases in Galax.

    Anthony Curtis Caudell, 25, of Fries, was arrested Aug. 2 and charged with possession of methamphetamine, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    Caudell was arrested by Sgt. Jody Poole, who said he observed the suspect trying to swallow a quantity of suspected methamphetamine. Caudell was a passenger in a vehicle that had been stopped for a traffic violation.

  • Victim airlifted after wreck

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man was airlifted with injuries on Sunday, following a wreck in front of Independence Elementary School.

    According to a report from State Trooper P.K. Cheek, the wreck occurred at 8:35 p.m. on Aug. 9. A 2002 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Christopher James Cox, 35, was traveling west on U.S. 58 near Industrial Lane in front of the elementary school, when Cox tried to pass another vehicle on the left.