Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 10/17/16

    Taco traffic
    I’m calling about the Taco Bell that’s coming to Hillsville. They really do need another fast food restaurant in Hillsville. And, I want to know how anybody will ever be able to turn in the Food Lion parking lot. It is terrible now when you go and the entrance. Tell me how it is going to handle the fast food traffic and the shopping center traffic.

    Court appointed

  • Last chance to register to vote

    Americans have perhaps never been as ideologically divided as they are in this election season.

    If that statement sounds familiar, it’s because you heard it during the 2012 election. Probably in 2008, too.

    Now, that divide has widened to a chasm that threatens to swallow up rational political discourse. As the two sides pull further apart on opposing sides of the abyss, it can be hard to even hear each other.

    Amid all the static, it can be easy to forget something vitally important — going out to vote on Nov. 8.

  • Grayson County administrator accepts leadership position in Pulaski

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE – Last Thursday, County Administrator Jonathan D. Sweet tendered his formal resignation to the Grayson Board of Supervisors, effective Jan. 15, 2017.

    According to a news release from the county on Friday, Sweet has accepted the position as Pulaski County administrator, and will begin his new post on Jan. 16, 2017.

  • Galax arrests include NAPA burglary, drug offenses

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included two men charged with burglary at an auto parts store.

    Matthew Allen Shumate, 24, of Chilhowie, and David Wayne Mooney, 26, of Glade Spring, were charged on Oct. 6 by Detective J.B. Greer.

  • Grayson lands meat processing facility


    INDEPENDENCE – River Ridge Land & Cattle Co. announced Wednesday plans to construct a new meat processing plant in Grayson County.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that River Ridge will build and operate a new meat processing plant, investing $2.1 million and creating 11 new jobs over the next three years.

    River Ridge will also purchase nearly $4 million in Virginia-grown beef and pork for use at its new plant that is being constructed in the Grayson County Industrial Park.

  • Oct. 17 is registration deadline for November election

    Staff Reports

    With all the drama surrounding the presidential election, it might be easy to forget one very important detail — Monday is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election.

  • Meat processing facility will add 11 jobs in Grayson

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that River Ridge Land and Cattle Company, LLC will build and operate a new meat processing facility in Grayson County. The company will invest $2.1 million and create 11 new jobs over the next three years. River Ridge will also purchase nearly $4 million in Virginia-grown beef and pork for use at its new facility. The Commonwealth of Virginia is partnering with Grayson County and River Ridge Land and Cattle on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund.

  • Readers Hotline 10/12/16

    Not sold on Hillary

  • Ross ends campaign for school board seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Ruth Ross, one of five candidates for the open at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board in a special election on Nov. 8, has announced that she will withdraw from the race.

    With her campaign ended, Ross announced her endorsement of fellow candidate Robert Benish.

    In an interview with the newspaper on Monday, Ross explained that her decision to drop out of the race came after she and her husband began to consider a move to Washington, in order to be closer to their two grown children and their two grandsons.

  • Carroll schools face bus driver shortage

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County faces a shortage of bus drivers in the public school system and has implemented an incentive program to try to attract new employees. The incentive includes provisions for new drivers and those current drivers who recruit them.

    According to Elizabeth Motley, director of human resources for Carroll County Public Schools, the transportation department is shorthanded all the way around. Last year, Motley realized this could be a problem and took steps to come up with a solution.