Local News

  • Wind damages home, car


    June Douglas stands on her front porch as she looks at the damage caused by high winds. Her home on Boxwood Lane in Galax and her grandson's car were damaged Friday. Douglas, who is disabled, said she had just replaced her roof last summer. It was torn off, and she doesn't have any homeowner's insurance to have it repaired. Also, debris from her home busted the windshield on her grandson's vehicle.

  • Power outage ends Carroll school day

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Schools will shut down early Friday after a power outage, school officials say.A piece of equipment on a power poll is broken and can't be fixed soon enough, said Carroll schools Superintendent Greg Smith. "They won't be able to get it fixed until 1:30."

  • Hunter loses fingers when gun explodes


  • Grayson social services in need

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County leaders will search the current budget for an additional $1,763 to transfer to the Department of Social Services, allowing the department to pull in additional federal money.
    Betty Richardson, Grayson Social Services director, approached the board during its regular meeting Feb. 10 to ask for the additional money.

  • Carroll rebuilding Extension

    HILLSVILLE — Now that the statewide restructuring of Virginia Cooperative Extension has halted, Carroll officials have moved to rebuild the presence of agents in the county office.
    Carroll County had recently lost both the agricultural and 4-H agents.
    County Administrator Gary Larrowe asked the Carroll Board of Supervisors at their Feb. 14 meeting for approval of a plan to fund replacements for those positions.

  • Water authority flushes fluoride


  • Carroll adopts ethics code


  • Trash fee changes scrapped for now

    INDEPENDENCE — Supervisors were willing to approve a new trash collection policy for holidays and inclement weather, but they weren’t ready to discuss changes to Grayson County's highly unpopular fee schedule just yet.
    Grayson County Administrator Jonathan Sweet spoke briefly during the board’s regular meeting Feb. 10 about ways the county staff is trying to improve the Public Works Department.
    While he expects to bring future options for the supervisors to consider, Sweet approached the board this time with a proposed change to the fee schedule.

  • Grayson to provide large item pick-up

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County will begin its 2011 large-item trash collection in April.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet and Director of Public Works Jonathan Luper provided the Grayson Board of Supervisors a proposed schedule during the regular meeting earlier this month.
    Sweet noted prior to any motions that this is an opportunity for citizens to dispose of large items in an “orderly and contained fashion.”

  • Griffith to visit Independence, Galax


    9th District Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va) will be in Grayson County and Galax on Friday to meet with constituents and tour a local business.
    Griffith will tour Darco Southern Inc. in Independence from 9-10 a.m.
    At noon, Griffith will attend a "meet and greet" with local constituents at the Crossroads Institute in Galax, hosted by the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.