Local News

  • Grayson schools making progress

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County has all but one school accredited and once again barely missed federal adequate yearly progress (AYP) benchmarks as a division — leaving school administrators excited about the improvements.

    School Director of Instruction and Assessment Stephen Cornett updated the school board on the system's progress during a regular meeting Oct. 12.

    The school system managed to add Independence Middle School to its list of schools that met AYP, leaving only two — Fries Middle and Independence Elementary — remaining to improve

  • Grayson dumps trash site

    INDEPENDENCE — In an effort to save money during tough economic times, Grayson County has opted to close a public-access Dumpster site at its Public Works Department just north of Independence.

    The county arrived at the decision, according to County Administrator Jonathan Sweet, not only as a way to save the county money, but also because of safety issues.

  • Boucher hears healthcare reform concerns

    HILLSVILLE — About 100 people turned out to Ninth District Rep. Rick Boucher's town hall meeting on healthcare reform in Hillsville on Saturday, and attendees heard the congressman's concerns about the public insurance option and his assurances that no federal funds will go toward treating illegal aliens or providing abortions.

  • Police capture armed suspect

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after Grayson County authorities were called to his residence for a domestic dispute.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Rhandell Davis, 55, of Independence, was apprehended around 3:20 p.m. after officers spent roughly 20 minutes searching the woods near his home, just west of Independence on U.S. 58.

    Deputies were called to the scene for an alleged domestic dispute, but prior to officers arriving, Davis fled on foot into the woods, allegededly with a rifle.

  • Hall sentenced to three years for arson

    HILLSVILLE — A 26-year-old Carroll County man who burned his family’s home in a September 2008 domestic dispute will spend three years in prison.

    Travis Ray Hall was charged by direct indictment last September, one day after setting ablaze the trailer that he, his wife and two children lived in.

  • Grayson prepares for state cuts

    INDEPENDENCE — After riding out a wave of state financial cuts through local tax increases, Grayson County will once again be forced to dig deeper into its pockets after additional cuts announced by Gov. Tim Kaine.

    Earlier this month, Kaine released a plan to close the gap on a $1.35 billion shortfall in the state. The plan called for one day of unpaid leave for most state workers and a reduction in contributions to the state employee pension plan and another withdrawal from the rainy day reserve fund.

  • Wanted man apprehended in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — A routine traffic stop in Hillsville resulted in the apprehension of a 26-year-old Lawrenceville, Ga., man wanted on federal drug trafficking charges, according to police.

    Capt. Jason Hawks watched a 2007 Honda make an improper left turn at Main Street and U.S. 58 at 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 19, police said. Hawks stopped the vehicle and found Timothy Maldonado, who is wanted by the U.S. Marshall Service.

  • Crash victims' family donates equipment

    HILLSVILLE — It's about taking it one day at a time, said an emotional Terry Marcum, who, more than a year ago lost her mom, sister and brother-in-law in a collision on Interstate 77 near the Fancy Gap exit.

    “Our mom raised me and my siblings to not quit and to keep going,” Marcum said. “We're able to make it through with the love and support of churches and family, and everybody has been good to us.”

  • United Way kicks off campaign

    Twin County United Way started its annual campaign kickoff this month at Grayson National Bank locations, in hopes of raising $215,000 by March 31, 2010, to provide funds for 27 local agencies.

    Representatives from the agencies gathered at the “thermometer” sign set up at Grayson National Bank’s Carrollton Pike location in Galax last Wednesday.

    Thermometers will indicate progress TCUW makes toward the goal. As funds increase, the thermometer will rise, said Celeste Amburn, executive director of TCUW.

  • 'Threat plan' targets Grayson budget issues

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Administrator Jonathan Sweet has released a 10-point Financial Threat Mitigation Plan to be implemented immediately to help the county weather the most recent state cuts.

    Earlier this month, Gov. Tim Kaine released a plan to close the gap on a $1.35 billion budget shortfall in the state. The plan includes reductions across the board, as well as one day of unpaid leave for most state workers and a reduction in contributions to the state employee pension plan.