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Today's News

  • Candidate forums to be held in Grayson

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Candidates in the Nov. 3 general election in Grayson County will have the opportunity to participate in four political forums in September.

    The Grayson County Citizens for Better Schools will sponsor the forums, which will be held at 7 p.m. each night.

  • Grayson grand jury opens sealed charges

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Lansing, N.C., man has been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on five charges.

    The indictments against Jamie Matthew Eldreth, 35, were among the sealed indictments handed down by the grand jury that met July 24 and recently unsealed.

    Eldreth was indicted for eluding police, disregarding stop; reckless driving; driving on a suspended license; failure to display proper tag; and defective equipment.

    Other indictments unsealed were:

  • Therapist's huggable dolls help dementia patients

    Janet Tompkins, a local speech therapist and founder of SpeechPath Tools — an organization for developments in senior-to-caregiver communication — has recently introduced a new product line with a personality all its own.

    “My Comfort Companions,” a series of personalized dolls (and a stuffed beagle for the male geriatric population), are now available for patients and caregivers who are in search of the perfect gift for loved ones suffering from the devastating effects of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Men charged for drugs, fugitive warrant in Whitetop

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    WHITETOP – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department made two drug-related arrests in the Whitetop community recently.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said on Aug. 20, members of the sheriff’s office and the Twin County Drug Task Force arrested Donald Smith Turnmire, 39, of Whitetop.

    Vaughan said Turnmire was arrested for being a fugitive from justice with seven pending felony charges in Virginia and North Carolina.

  • Wine & Brew Festival set for Saturday

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Wine and Brew Festival, scheduled for Aug. 29 at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence, will feature a lineup of local wines and craft beer this year.

    The festival begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, on the lawn of the Historic 1908 Courthouse, rain or shine. Admission is $15 per person and the price includes an etched wine glass.

  • Firefighters respond to backseat blaze

    According to Capt. Matthew Adams, the Independence Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a car fire on Grayson Parkway last week.

    On arrival, crews found a fire under the rear of the car and in the back seat area.

    Three fire trucks and 13 firefighters responded and extinguished the fire. Adams says firefighters believe the fire originated due to a transmission line break.

    The driver was able to escape the vehicle unharmed.

  • River property hearing overflows

    INDEPENDENCE — The crowd spilled out the door and into the hallway of the Grayson County Courthouse boardroom on Aug. 18, as citizens arrived to address the Grayson Planning Commission about possible zoning ordinance changes to properties along the New River.

    The main purpose of the commission’s monthly meeting, as advertised in local papers earlier in the month, was to receive comments regarding “proposed text amendments” to the county’s zoning ordinance related to the shoreline recreation district of the county.

  • Kaine tours CCHS lab, Vaughan-Bassett plant

    U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) made two Twin Counties stops on his way through Southwest Virginia last Thursday, visiting the STEM lab at Carroll County High School and the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture plant in Galax.

    The stops were part of Kaine’s swing through Virginia on U.S. 58.

    At the CCHS lab, Kaine saw several students demonstrate projects they’re working on. The STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) lab at CCHS had a strong agricultural focus, and a farm for its use.

  • Grayson keeping school chief interviews confidential

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board will conduct interviews with candidates to fill the school superintendent’s seat from Aug. 24 to Sept. 2.

    Board Chairman Larry Bartlett confirmed that candidates for superintendent will be interviewed “in a closed meeting at an undisclosed location for the next 15 days [beginning Aug. 24].”

    The school board received 27 inquiries about the position and 19 applications, according to a summary provided by School Board Chairman Larry Bartlett.

  • Construction firm based at Crossroads lands $6.5M contract

    On April 30, the few at Crossroads Institute who knew exhibited quiet satisfaction.

    Candor Construction Inc., a general contractor that three years ago entered the Crossroads incubator in Galax, had just landed a $6.5 million shopping center construction project in Morgantown, W.Va. “You don’t hear numbers that big in this building very often,” quipped one Crossroads board member.