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  • Grayson sets sights on shooting range

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County leaders are considering opening a shooting range, but would like a third party to take on the responsibility.
    Supervisors discussed the idea during their regular meeting Oct. 11. It’s a topic they have discussed for more than a year.
    Deputy County Administrator Mitch Smith told the board that the proposed land for the shooting range was off Graystone Road, just across the street from the county’s closed landfill.

  • Hundreds turn out to honor fallen trooper

     

    Virginia State Trooper Andrew Fox was buried Oct. 11 at Summerfield Church cemetery in Grayson County, in a funeral attended by law enforcement officials and officers from across the state. Fox died in the line of duty, after being struck by a car while directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair.

  • Fire destroys garage, cars in Galax

    A fire damaged Alley’s Garage on Oct. 8, with flames so hot they melted tires off the cars inside and boiled water on the floor.

  • Hillsville, Carroll sign off on water sharing agreement

    HILLSVILLE — Town officials heralded a new era of cooperation with Carroll County just before approving a water sharing agreement between the two localities on Oct. 8.
    Watching from the audience at Hillsville Town Council’s meeting last Monday, Supervisors Chairman Sam Dickson also promised that Carroll would develop a good relationship with the county seat.
    Interim Town Manager Judy Bolt said officials had met with counterparts from Carroll County to discuss the water agreement.

  • Search goes on for police chief, town manager

    HILLSVILLE — While still trying to get a new town manager onboard, Hillsville Town Council members moved along the process of selecting a new police chief Monday.
    Hillsville has been without administrators in those two positions since long-time town manager Larry South and police chief Steve Williams resigned in June before the composition of town council changed in July.
    Officials have contacted two candidates for town manager to make offers, but neither of them had accepted by the Monday meeting.

  • Obama campaign hosts roundtable in Galax

    Today (Oct. 10) at 5 p.m., Galax City School Board Member Helen Kyle will host a roundtable with voters and members of the community to talk about “how President Obama's policies have helped strengthen middle class families in rural Virginia,” according to a press release from the Obama campaign.

    Kyle will be joined by the campaign's Virginia Policy and Research Director Ericke Cage of Halifax County.

  • Music center sees change as chance for reinvention

    For the past 25 years, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, has guided the development, construction and operation of the Blue Ridge Music Center near Galax.
    Now, the NCTA is shifting its focus and parting ways with the Blue Ridge Parkway’s museum and performance venue devoted to history and future of traditional Appalachian music.
    In a recent letter to local government leaders, Parkway Superintendent Phil Francis talked about the changes and how the music center will use this shift as an opportunity to plan the center’s future.

  • Hospital spends on new tech

    TCRH's merger with Duke LifePoint has resulted in investments totaling $3.1 million over the past 9 months.

  • Poll shows Obama, Kaine leading in Virginia

    SALEM — Roanoke College has just released a poll showing President Obama with an 8-point lead in Virginia and Democrat Tim Kaine with an even bigger 10-point lead in the Senate race.
    This is a poll of likely voters, not registered voters, which makes it a bit more accurate pollsters would argue.
    This poll also includes calls to cellphones, not just landlines. Figuring out how to account for the growing number of people with no landlines has become an issue for pollsters around the country, so this puts Roanoke College ahead of the curve.

  • Truckers roll out to crush cancer

     

    It rained Sept. 29, but it didn’t stop the Sixth Annual Truckers Parade Against Cancer that started in Hillsville and ended in Independence. Trucks displayed banners honoring cancer survivors and in memory of those who lost their battle with the disease. The parade was led by Virginia State Police and several fire trucks. Festivities included a barbecue lunch at Carroll Elementary, where the parade began. The event raises funds for the Galax/Carroll and Grayson County Relay for Life groups, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.