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  • Riders oppose closing horse trails

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A group of Grayson County area horseback riding enthusiasts is speaking out against a U.S. Forest Service proposal to close 80 percent of the trails its members use in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

  • Firefighters, paramedics handle farm accident, other calls

    The Galax Fire Department stayed busy over the last weekend of April and into early last week; activity included a flue fire, a farming accident, electrical and automobile fires, according to a report given by Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

  • Wreck leaves multiple victims

    A three-car accident on Route 58 in the eastbound lane left multiple victims transported by EMS from the scene. The accident occurred around 6 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

    The incident occurred in the vicinity of Magic Mart.

    Involved were a silver Nissan 4x4, a dark gray Buick LeSabre and a dark blue 4-door Ford sedan.

    Responding were Galax Grayson EMS, Pipers Gap EMS and the Galax Police Department.

    More information will be added as it becomes available.

  • Galax police cameras focus on accuracy, accountability

    Nearly a year ago, the Galax Police Department took a step forward in both technology and accountability when it began sending officers out with body cameras.

    While there’s been talk in the Virginia legislature of making body cameras mandatory for all police officers in the commonwealth, there’s yet to be a law passed enforcing this. In Galax, however, the cameras are already in use.

  • Vaught seeks another term as Grayson prosecutor

    INDEPENDENCE — Doug Vaught has announced that he will seek a third term as Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney, a position he has held for the past eight years.

    In addition to his most recent two terms, Vaught was elected commonwealth’s attorney in 1979 and was re-elected in 1983.

    In 1987, his loss to Paul X Bolt in the Grayson County Republican Party mass meeting resulted in Vaught leaving that office, and continuing his private law practice in Galax.

  • Hillsville wants to treat Exit 14 wastewater

    HILLSVILLE — To avoid the strain of higher water and sewer costs for town citizens, Hillsville officials are discussing options with the Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) to bring additional wastewater through the town’s plant in order to maximize use and prevent a potential price hike.

    Travis Jackson, a consultant for the town, along with Mayor Greg Crowder and Town Manager Retta Jackson, approached the Carroll PSA at its April 13 meeting, and requested specifically that the town treat wastewater flow from Interstate 77’s busy Exit 14.

  • Hash running for Providence supervisor seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Michael Hash has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for the Providence District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.

    “I understand the needs of our community,” said Hash in a news release. “I am always looking for ways to serve my community and I am very excited about the opportunity to serve the residents of my districts.”

    John Brewer, who holds the Providence seat now, has said he will not seek re-election. Instead, he is running for a school board seat.

  • Meet the vendors at farmers' market

    These profiles of vendors at the Independence Farmers Market were submitted by market manager Michelle Pridgen.

    INDEPENDENCE — If you have been to the Independence Farmers Market in Independence Town Park, you may have noticed a booth with a large “Grayson LandCare” banner behind it, potted plants in front, and a very friendly woman in between. Kathy Cole, newly-elected president of Grayson LandCare Inc., has set up a fund-raising booth for the past three years.

  • Accountant charged with bank fraud

    UPDATED 4/28/15:

    ABINGDON — Robert Donald Morgan III is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 13 in federal court, after being charged with one count of bank fraud, according to police reports.

  • Sheriff cautioned school of potential danger

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A 2012 incident in Grayson County schools still causes concern for many parents, and a letter obtained by a citizens’ group shows those concerns were shared by the sheriff’s office, as well.

    The situation involved a Grayson County High School student who allegedly made a “homicidal threat” to another student and was reportedly seen with a knife at school, according to a letter from Sheriff Richard Vaughan to Grayson Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant on Nov. 8, 2012.