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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 7/15/15

    No easy job
    What I really think is shameful is someone again putting our president down. God doesn’t like that either. If he didn’t want Obama there, he would remove him. We need to pray for our president. That is not an easy job and no matter which way he goes, he will be criticized.

    Flag controversy

  • Sweet named nation's top county leader

    Staff Reports

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Penton Media’s “American City and County” magazine has selected Grayson County Administrator Jonathan D. Sweet as its 2015 County Leader of the Year.

    The magazine presents the award annually to recognize outstanding leadership in county government across the nation and honored Sweet on Sunday night at the 2015 National Association of Counties Annual Conference and Exposition, in the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C.

  • Citizens defend Confederate flag in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — The Board of Supervisors meeting room in Carroll County was packed on Monday, with citizens who had signed up to appeal to board members on behalf of the Confederate flag that flies in Hillsville on some occasions.

    The issue of whether the Confederate flag should fly on government property has spread across the nation in recent weeks. Some say the flag represents Southern heritage, while others associate the symbol with racism and hatred.

  • VDOT to hold hearing on I-77 safety improvements

    HILLSVILLE — A public information meeting about the traffic safety improvement project on Interstate 77 in Carroll County will be held July 23 at Carroll County High School.

    The Virginia Department of Transportation will discuss the active traffic management system being installed on Interstate 77, northbound and southbound, between mile markers marker 0 at the North Carolina state line and mile 12 in Carroll County.

  • Grayson Parkway wreck leaves serious injuries

    A two-vehicle accident on U.S. 58 (Grayson Parkway) at the Beech Grove Road intersection on July 13 left at least one person with serious injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper C.W. Keesling.

    A 1998 Jeep Cherokee driven by Luke Wilson, 20, of Galax, was traveling west in the left lane on Grayson Parkway at 8:55 p.m., when a 2001 Ford Taurus driven by Teresa Ann Anauo, 47, of Woodlawn, pulled out in front of him.

  • Readers Hotline 7/13/15

    Still curvy
    I want to comment on the article about the Route 89 new road going into North Carolina. I have driven for 54 years, all over the United States and Canada. You drive that road — I just drove on 89 this past weekend — and you show me where that has helped anything other than maybe making it worse in the curve. It is going to be the same thing that it was. North Carolina is just throwing their money away.

  • We can't erase our history

    Amid the debate about the Confederate flag flying over state and public buildings in the South, some have called for Confederate monuments to come down, too. However, those statues and obelisks — like those that stand on historic courthouse lawns in Hillsville and Independence — are more than simple monuments to generals or soldiers. They’re part of Virginia’s complicated history and should be preserved. This editorial first appeared in The Virginian-Pilot newspaper.

  • BBQ contest fires up again in Galax

    This year’s 11th Annual Smoke on the Mountain Virginia State Barbecue Championship looks to be another landmark competition.

    This year’s contest is July 17-18 in downtown Galax. Teams from all over the country come to Galax to compete. For spectators, there’s live music and food vendors with barbecue (of course) and much more.

    According to Twin County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Judy Brannock, this year’s competition has drawn upwards of 40 teams, the highest number of competitors since Smoke on the Mountain’s beginning.

  • Oak Hall to hold job fair

    INDEPENDENCE — Oak Hall Cap and Gown will hold a job fair on July 17, as it works to fill positions at a new operation in town.

    The event will be held from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Independence Volunteer Fire Department.

    “This is a very reputable company, a leader in their industry, all made in America labels and materials, so this is a very exciting opportunity for us,” said Grayson County Administrator Jonathon Sweet at a July 9 meeting of the Grayson Board of Supervisors.

  • Traffic stop yields multiple drug arrests

    Three people were arrested July 8 on multiple drug charges, following a traffic stop in the Pipers Gap area of Carroll County.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Deputy Trevor Carico made numerous drug arrests in connection with a traffic stop at the intersection of Crooked Creek and Klondike roads. The stop resulted in three arrests for drug violation charges.

    Meth, Oxycodone, prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia were seized, he said.