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Today's News

  • Carroll narrowing budget gap

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County budget committee is looking to amend the school system’s funding request to make up a shortfall in its 2016-2017 spending plan, and might recommend a personal property tax increase to pay for other expenses.

    The committee met April 29 to discuss the budget and how to continue to close what started as a $3.5 million gap.

  • Council elections set for Tuesday

    The City of Galax and the towns of Hillsville, Fries, Independence and Troutdale will hold elections on May 3.
    Fries and Galax races are contested, with more candidates than seats, while Hillsville and Independence both have three candidates for three seats and Troutdale has only its incumbent mayor on the ballot.
    Fries has an entire slate of candidates on the ballot for all its town council seats, as the terms for all those serving expire June 30. In other localities, only a portion of the council seats are up for election, due to staggered terms.

  • Hospital will hold emergency simulation

    Staff Report

    Twin County Regional Hospital will conduct an emergency response exercise on Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.

    In this instance, the exercise will test the response to a fictional hostage incident. The community may see law enforcement response and presence at the hospital during the drill, but should not be alarmed. The exercise will be in a contained area and it will not impact patient care.

  • Rally brings nature lovers to Mount Rogers

    The 42nd annual Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally, hosted by the Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC), will be held May 6-8 (Friday through Sunday) this year.

    This annual event is a tradition that dates back to 1975, bringing together like-minded nature lovers throughout the region. This year’s rally will highlight the 50th anniversary of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

  • Good Stewards: students compete for best conservation ideas

    INDEPENDENCE — Cash prizes were awarded to Grayson High School students in the 2016 Grayson LandCare Land Stewardship Competition, held April 23 at the 1908 Courthouse in Independence.

    Eighth grader Mary Ellen Wingate was awarded the $1,000 first prize for her project, “Recycle and Redesign: Doggone Tired.”

  • Southwestern Virginia Training Center celebrates 40 years

    Though it faces an uncertain future, the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County will focus on its past this week.

  • Grayson welcomes Henck to legal staff

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney office recently welcomed a new staff member with a passion for law, politics and humanitarian efforts; and an extensive resume that stretches overseas.
    Evan Henck, a former legal director for Freedom Firm in India, moved to the Grayson County area with his wife, Leah, and their children in January. He began his employment with the attorney’s office Feb. 1.

  • BBB warns: scams grow like weeds in spring

    As bright springtime flowers bloom, so do new dark, weed-like scams. Scammers will be going door-to-door with plans to rip off local residents for services from discounted food deliveries to repairing weather damaged shingles. The Better Business Bureau advises consumers that now is the time to be on your guard.

    Door-to-Door Meat Selling Scams

  • Hillsville councilmen to run unopposed

    HILLSVILLE – Three town official seats are up for election on May 3, and all incumbents are running unopposed. Pine Creek district councilman Ed Terry, Pipers Gap district councilman David Young and Mayor Greg Crowder all addressed the upcoming election at the April 25 town council meeting.

  • Two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 58 results in minor injuries

    A two-vehicle crash at approximately 8:40 a.m. last Tuesday at the intersection of Bee Line Drive and U.S. 58 left one overturned and minor injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper S.M. Cochran.
    Anna Lee Zyss Hill, 56, of Fries, driving a 1996 Ford Ranger, was pulling off of Bee Line Drive onto 58 eastbound when she struck a 2006 Honda Pilot, driven by Susan Lee Whitaker, 33 of Fancy Gap. Whitaker’s vehicle flipped over onto its side and then rolled over onto its top.