Today's News

  • Grayson trashes penalty

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County citizens will no longer face a criminal charge for non-payment of their trash collection fee, after supervisors made additional changes to the county’s subdivision ordinance.
    Supervisor Mike Maynard said after talking with the county’s attorney, following the public hearing last month, that there were some additional language changes the board should consider.
    During the public hearing, citizens spoke out about the fact that, if they violated the ordinance, they could potentially be charged with a misdemeanor.

  • New charge in deputy shooting


    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County deputy sheriff returned home June 2 from Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., after being treated for a gunshot wound.
    That same day, the suspects in his shooting were in court, where one of them received a new charge for attempted capital murder.
    Deputy Douglas Waller received a wound to his lower abdomen while responding to a domestic dispute call June 26 at a residence at 3016 Skyline Highway (Virginia 89), about six miles south of Galax.

  • After The Storm: Preparing for next time

    Last week, the area experienced storms with high winds that caused a lot of damage and left thousands without electricity. Summer is just getting started, so it’s likely that we’ll see more severe weather in the coming months.
    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark is sharing some advice from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management about planning for the next storm.
    “The National Weather Service estimates that winds have to blow between 50 and 70 mph to cause the damage we experienced,” Clark said.

  • School board dismisses teacher


    INDEPENDENCE — Among the personnel items approved at the Grayson County School Board’s June meeting was the dismissal of a teacher.
    Mark Allen Osborne was dismissed effective June 12.
    Osborne, a former agriculture teacher, had been on paid leave since he was indicted April 27 by a Grayson County grand jury.

  • Smith made positive impact on schools

    Phillip W. Berrier of Cana is a former member of the Carroll County School Board

  • APCo deals with 'major historical disaster'

    Appalachian Power Co. crews worked hard to restore power to Twin County customers on Wednesday, but some homes were expected to be without power until today, Friday, or later.
    APCo’s president, Charles Patton, said the long waits for power restoration can be attributed to the size of the storm and the availability of help from contractors.
    Charles Patton toured the company’s Virginia and West Virginia coverage areas on Monday.

  • Pharmacy robbed, suspect in custody


  • Training center changes rejected

    RICHMOND — Though a federal judge tried to add certain protections to a settlement agreement that resulted from an investigation of the state’s training centers for intellectually and developmentally disabled, both the Department of Justice and Virginia officials have rejected those changes.

  • Severe weather headed for Twin Counties

    2:05 p.m. — Galax and Grayson County are under a severe thunderstorm watch. A large storm cell is heading into the Twin Counties from the northwest.

    See the NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE site for maps and information.

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