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Today's News

  • Grayson Highlands celebrates 50 years

    MOUTH OF WILSON - Grayson Highlands State Park has become well known for its gorgeous scenic views, rigorous trails and unique outdoor programs over the past 50 years. And the best part is, this is just the beginning of what park officials and supporters of the landmark have in store for their visitors.

  • Plane crash still under investigation

    HILLSVILLE — A small plane crash at Twin County Airport last week is still under investigation and the cause is unknown.

    The Federal Aviation Administration and National Travel Safety Board were notified after the plane crashed while attempting to land. The plane came down 200-300 feet short of the runway at 5:07 p.m. on July 1, according to Virginia State Trooper J.D. Delp and a report released by the Virginia State Police.

    The two men on board the 1979 Piper Cherokee Warrior plane had only minor injuries.

  • Citizens offer input about next superintendent's qualifications

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Citizens for Better Schools delivered its list of qualifications for a new superintendent to the school board on June 30, and made it plain that they don’t want a “good ol’ boy” hired for the position.

    Wanda Pinion, a member of the community group, delivered the list of 10 qualifications during a public hearing at a special meeting of the Grayson County School Board.

  • Fatal tractor-trailer crash blocks I-77 in Carroll

     

    From Virginia State Police

    At 8:06 a.m. Friday (July 3), Virginia State Police Sr. Trooper D.A. Phipps was called to the scene of a fatal crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77. The crash occurred near the 22 mile marker in Carroll County.

  • GES students unite to end bullying

    A group of Galax Elementary School third graders have teamed up to create a group dedicated to the prevention of bullying.

    According to GES counselor Cris Jackson, the students had been aided by their teacher in working through a conflict in their own classroom, and “decided spontaneously — by themselves, without any adult — that they needed a ‘Stop Bullying Club.’”

  • New state laws took effect July 1

    New state laws took effect on July 1, covering everything from social media, campus sexual assault and medical marijuana to public breastfeeding, police drones and Virginia’s official song.

    The laws were passed by the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly. Some of the new laws include:

    Traffic

    General Assembly amended state code to increase safety provisions for traffic management vehicles, bicyclists, postal vehicles, and refuse-collection vehicles, among other initiatives.

  • N.C. 89 reopens after curve removal

    A scenic road in Surry County, N.C., is safer after road workers removed a dangerous curve near the Lowgap area south of Galax.
    The road links Mount Airy, N.C., to the Blue Ridge Parkway and is the main route between Galax and Mount Airy.
    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) set up a 40-mile marked detour between Lowgap and the Virginia border last month, so workers could connect the existing highway to the new stretch.

  • Search continues for missing teen

    SMYTH COUNTY — The search for a runaway teenage girl from Tennessee and the convicted Georgia sex offender she is traveling with has led authorities into Smyth County after the two reportedly abandoned a vehicle in Troutdale last week.

    An Amber Alert went out for Hayleigh Cheyenne Wilson, 14, of Hawkins County, Tenn., last week, after Wilson reportedly left her home the night of June 22 to meet a man she had been in contact with online. Authorities say the man is 41-year-old Benjamin Joseph “Ben” Shook, a known sex offender.

  • Galax police investigate overdose, grand larceny cases

    Galax police officers dealt with two drug cases in the past week, one involving an overdose and another that resulted in grand larceny charges.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, two Galax women face drug charges after a reported drug overdose.

    On June 26, Officer Trevor Jefferson was dispatched to a report of an unresponsive female at a residence in the city, along with Galax-Grayson EMS.

  • Governor McAuliffe Announces 20 New Jobs in Carroll County

    HILLSVILLE — CWW Conveyor Systems will invest $2 million to expand its operation in Hillsville, creating 20 new jobs.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe made the announcement on Tuesday.

    The company, which supplies conveyor systems for the mining industry, operated as part of Caterpillar Global Mining America until March 2015, when CWW was created as a new, independent entity to serve the United States, Mexico and Canada.