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Today's News

  • Bill to outlaw tethering pets rejected by House

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND - A bill to prohibit the tethering of dogs and other animals was rejected Monday by a subcommittee of the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee.

    HB 1802, filed by Del. John J. Bell (D-Chantilly) would have allowed tethering only if the owner of the animal were outside and within sight of the pet.

  • Reflecting on WCC’s past year

    Dr. Dean Sprinkle is president of Wytheville Community College

    With the start of a new year, it’s timely to reflect on the prior year at Wytheville Community College. I have had the privilege of serving as WCC’s president for the past year and a half, and I have been overwhelmed and humbled by how the college faculty, staff, students and communities have welcomed me and my wife, Janie.

  • Grayson teachers push for pay raise

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson teachers’ salaries are 18 percent below the state average, and the county education association’s budget presentation to the Grayson School Board had a special focus on fair pay this year.

    “We have been making do for a long time,” said Pam DeBord of the Grayson County Education Association at the board’s Jan. 9 meeting.

    According to the data in DeBord’s report, state teachers’ salaries currently stand at 11 percent below the national average.

  • Man pleads guilty to child solicitation

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Circuit Court was prepared to hear the case against James Norwood Crowder, 42, of Christiansburg, on Jan. 12, when the defendant waived his right to trial and pleaded guilty to proposing sex with a child.

  • String band class raising money for instruments

    INDEPENDENCE ― Instructor Eddie Bond has seen several young musicians come a long way through the Grayson County High School String Band program; and says he is encouraged to see so many of the newer generation so interested in keeping a part of the area’s history alive.

    But as the interest expands, so does the need for equipment. Fortunately, an upcoming event at the high school could help put fresh new instruments into the hands of their students.

  • House OKs bill to ease concealed gun permit rule

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – The Virginia House of Delegates approved a bill last week to allow members of the military to obtain concealed handgun permits at age 18.

    HB 1582, introduced by Del. Jeff Campbell (R-Marion), passed by a vote of 78-19. It will now go to the Senate for consideration. Campbell’s district includes Carroll County.

  • Town hears update from firefighters

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council heard an update from the fire department and approved the department’s 2017 list of officers during its first meeting of the year on Jan. 10.

    “Through 2016, we had one of the busiest years we’ve ever had since we started keeping record,” said Chief Gary Hash of the Independence Volunteer Fire Department, who spoke to council at the beginning of the meeting. According to his data, Hash said the department answered around 160 calls for service.

  • Local women march into history

    When Janet Tate of Laurel Fork decided to attend the Women’s March on Washington last weekend, she didn’t necessarily seem a likely attendee. White, middle class and married, she arguably has a degree of privilege that puts her above the fray.

    But that’s not how she saw it.

    “Women my age went to march because we know how it was before,” said Tate.

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  • Asbury to lead economic development authority

    Staff Report

    The Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority’s board of directors has selected Katherine Asbury as its new executive director.

    Asbury received a masters of public policy from the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. She also received a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Virginia.