Today's News

  • Senator: too much risk in expanding Medicaid

    RICHMOND — The question of whether to expand Medicaid in Virginia has been a point of contention in this year’s General Assembly session, and state legislators are having a hard time reaching a compromise.

  • Galax has three spots to fill on school board

    The Galax City School Board will have three seats up for grabs this year, not two, as Board Member F. Stewart Merdian is moving for work and will leave his position open.

    Galax City Council appoints school board members after receiving letters of interest from candidates. The seats held by board members Ray Kohl and Helen Kyle are up for appointment this year, with their current terms expiring June 30.

    Kohl is seeking reappointment, but Kyle is not; other candidates have expressed interest in serving, as well.

  • Fries fire investigated

    Staff Report

    FRIES — A structure fire is under investigation by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, after Fries Volunteer Fire and Rescue responded to a home on Feb. 23.

    According to Fries Fire Chief Chad Stanley, the fire department was dispatched to 228 Green Valley Road, the home of Melissa Crigger, at approximately 4:03 a.m.

    On arrival, the crew “found heavy smoke showing from the structure, with fire on the basement steps,” said Stanley.

    Damage to the structure was estimated at $500, Stanley said.

  • APCo: wind could cause power outages

    Appalachian Power has issued a warning as it monitors a weather event with prolonged high winds. The winds could lead to power outages Thursday night through Friday morning in parts of the company’s Virginia and West Virginia service areas.


  • Police investigate false report at CCHS

    HILLSVILLE — A false alarm sparked investigation shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday, when 911 dispatch received an emergency call reporting a shooting at Carroll County High School (CCHS).

    Carroll County Sheriff’s Department deputies quickly reacted to the call, stationing personnel for preventative measures.

    After a cell phone trace, they were able to locate the caller for questioning.

  • Readers Hotline 2/28/18

    Defining insanity
    Science is not the enemy. Consider the care you receive from your doctor. That is all based on science. Consider the crops you grow each year. That is all based on science. In fact, we are all scientists in this regard. We observe how things work and don’t work, make hunches and eventually decisions based on those observations. To continue to do the same thing over and over again, even if it always fails, is one definition of insanity.


  • Public record for 2/28/18 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in October in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence.
    Amanda K. Anders to James Anders. Three lots in the City of Galax. Gift.

  • Grayson opens sealed indictments


    INDEPENDENCE – Indictments against eight suspects have been unsealed in Grayson County.

    The suspects were indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met in Independence on Jan. 26 and the charges sealed until arrests were made.

    Chad William Bourne, 27, who listed his address as River North Correctional Center in Independence, was indicted for a prisoner tampering within the correctional unit.

    Other indictments included:

  • Carroll takes action to collect taxes

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors made progress with developing the budget for upcoming 2018-2019 fiscal year, by adopting a “hybrid” of two spending proposals presented Monday night and moving ahead with collecting more than $5 million in back taxes.

  • Li'l Country Store closing after four decades

    The owner of the Li’l Country Store on Pipers Gap Road has announced it will be closing down.

    The store has been locally owned and operated as a convenience stop in the community for 44 years as of March 1, according to owner Nancy Parks.

    The store is well known for its wide variety of inventory, ranging from groceries to tools and appliances. Alongside convenience items, the store also has a deli that serves sandwiches, beverages and other foods.