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Today's News

  • Volunteers to undertake GCHS bleacher removal

    INDEPENDENCE — A packed house of supporters for Grayson County schools discussed a plan to remove the 40-year-old concrete bleachers at the football field during a town hall meeting last week in the Grayson County Courthouse board room.

    The group of volunteers developed a preliminary plan on how to safely remove the bleachers, which have been deemed unsafe.

  • Two charged with felonies in Galax

    Two felony arrests were made last week, according to Galax Police Department reports.

    Melissa Ann Taylor, 42, of Galax, was arrested for shoplifting on Dec. 23 by Officer A.M. Burnett. After her arrest, controlled substances were discovered in her purse. Taylor was charged with two counts of felony possession of Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substances.

  • Man charged with arson in mobile home fire

    HILLSVILLE – A Hillsville man is charged with arson after the investigation of a fire that occurred on Christmas Day.

    According to police reports, Hillsville Police Department Officer Bradley Hoffman and Virginia State Trooper Dean Horton responded to a structure fire at 340 East Grayson Street #14 at 4 p.m. on Dec. 25.

  • Galax native blazes path from military to cancer research

    By AMANDA J. ALLEN

    Public Relations Assistant, New River Community College

    DUBLIN — What does a cancer researcher look like? An intense-looking scientist in a white lab coat hunched pensively over a Petri dish, perhaps?

    Not quite — at least in the case of Michael Hodge of Galax.

    Hodge is a military veteran and New River Community College student who, with his ball cap, honors-society sweatshirt and friendly smile, blends right in among his fellow students.

  • Concealed carry decision under fire

    By SHAINA STOCKTON & SARA BLANKENSHIP, Staff

    and Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Virginia will no longer recognize concealed handgun permits from 25 states effective Feb. 1.

    Attorney General Mark Herring has called his decision “a common-sense step that can help make Virginians and our law enforcement officers safer by ensuring that our concealed carry laws and safety standards apply to everyone in Virginia, whether they are a resident or a visitor.”

  • 3 charged after Galax break-in, assault

    Staff Reports

    Three people face an array of charges that include assault, burglary, firearms violations and possession of untaxed whiskey following an altercation on Sunday in Galax. A fourth man is being sought by police.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, officers were called to respond to a fight in progress at a residence on Robinson Street on Dec. 27.

  • Grayson thanks departing school board members

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board concluded its 2015 business at the Dec. 14 meeting, where present members of the school board and new Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore thanked departing members for their service.

    “I am overpowered by the dedication of service from the people on this board,” said School Board Chair Larry Bartlett, who is stepping down Dec. 31. “I am appreciative of the friendships, and their willingness to work with [each other], and their dedication to our kids.”

  • Readers' Hotline 12/30/15

    Space taken
    I see the Hillsville Town Police are letting those merchants on the north end of town park in front of their stores all day long. Where are the customers supposed to park?

    Technicality
    Our president keeps saying no boots on the ground in the Middle East. I guess these six guys that were just killed [in Afghanistan] were wearing high heels or flip flops.

  • Friends helping Shupe stand tall

    E.W. Shupe, known affectionately as both “Dub” and “E.W.” to his friends, came home from work one Friday in 2003, feeling sick and feverish. He had just turned 21 and had a four-month-old daughter.

    A week later, the Fries resident had bounced from Twin County Regional Hospital to the New River Valley Medical Center outside Radford and wound up in Roanoke, where he spent time in intensive care while physicians worked to figure out what was wrong with him.

  • Christmas Eve wreck traps two

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Volunteer Fire Department and several other first responder agencies reported for duty on Christmas Eve, when a car accident on Wilson Highway (U.S. 58) left the driver and passenger trapped by the wreckage.