Local News

  • 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.

  • Sheetz still on track in Galax

    Despite another round of delays, Sheetz is still coming to Galax, according to City Manager Keith Barker.
    The initial delay this summer, said Barker, was due to corporate overhaul of its sign and awning designs.
    “When I talked to Sam Smith, who handles the site planning and permits [for Sheetz],” said Barker, “he said because of the redesign, they had to go back through their engineering department.”

  • Two charged with robbery by force

    Staff Reports

    Two people have been charged with robbery in connection with an offense that occurred on Sept. 26 in Galax.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Christopher Lee Beasley, 37, of Hillsville, and John Robert Simpson, 25, of Galax, allegedly robbed a Carroll County man, by force, of property valued at more than $200.

    Both individuals were sent to the New River Valley Regional Jail, where they are being held without bond. A third suspect has yet to be arrested, police said.

  • VFW's mission is more community involvement

    HILLSVILLE – Grover King VFW Post 1115 wants to be more involved in the community, according to Post Manager Mike Lara.

    Lara, who is president of the VFW’s Young Guns committee, was at last week’s Hillsville Town Council meeting to speak of the “new wave of energy” coming through the post. Lara talked about the work the Young Guns are trying to do in the community and how they want to work with the community to bring more events to the VFW grounds.

  • Hillsville will light up to support veterans this week

    HILLSVILLE – Halloween is over and everyone is itching to get out those Christmas decorations. If you’ve got green lights stashed away, there’s a reason to bring them out this week in honor of veterans.

    Mike Lara, president of the VFW Young Guns committee of Grover King 1115 Post in Hillsville, saw a commercial for Walmart’s social media campaign “Greenlight A Vet” and instantly knew it was something that he and the post needed to get involved in.

  • Goad wins Carroll court clerk race

    HILLSVILLE — In Carroll County’s most contested race, Democratic candidate Gerald Goad prevailed in the five-way contest for clerk of court by 287 votes over runner-up B.P. “Phil” Hawks.

    The five candidates sought to fill the vacancy left by Carolyn Honeycutt, the longtime clerk who did not seek re-election this year.

  • Grayson officials re-elected

    INDEPENDENCE — After several months of heated debates and passionate campaigning, Grayson County citizens have chosen who they want to lead their local government beginning in 2016.

    When it came to county officials, voters stuck with the candidates they knew. In three contested races, voters chose incumbents to serve another term.

    Circuit Court Clerk Susan Herrington, a Republican, retained her seat in a race against Democratic challenger Bobby Williams. Herrington received 3,080 votes (75 percent) to Williams’ 1,046 votes (25 percent).