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Today's News

  • Grayson grand jury issues indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Sparta, N.C., man was indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury last Friday on charges involving child pornography.

    Harrison Leland Edwards, 24, was indicted for soliciting a child through use of a communications system and soliciting or production child pornography.

  • Chili 'shootout' aims to create a big bang

    HILLSVILLE — If meat-based cooking competitions and beer gardens make your mind immediately go to Galax’s barbecue contest, the Friends of Hillsville (FoH) might soon change your mind.

    They’re planning the very first Historic Hillsville’s Chili Shootout, a cookoff sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS).

  • Galax/Carroll relay raises $71,000

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County High School’s football field once again served as a battleground for a community intent on eliminating the threat of cancer.

    A total of 135 registered participants gathered for this year’s Galax-Carroll Relay for Life event last Saturday, where they raised more than $71,000 for the American Cancer Society, to assist in the ongoing search for a cure.

  • Virginians split on Confederate flag ban

    Landmark News Service

    Virginians are split over whether the Confederate battle flag should no longer be allowed on specialty license plates, according to a poll released Monday.

    The telephone survey of voters by Quinnipiac University found that 46 percent wanted the flag removed from state tags and 45 percent did not. Nine percent were undecided or didn’t know.

  • I-77 safety signs to be installed this summer

    FANCY GAP — Motorists traveling Interstate 77 will notice new signs and weather detection stations being installed in Carroll County between mile markers 0 and 15 to inform them of changing traffic and weather conditions on Fancy Gap Mountain.

    A total of 76 signs of various types and three additional weather detection stations will be put in place this summer in support of the active traffic and safety management system.

    The signage includes regular static signs, electronic message boards and variable speed limit signs.

  • Grayson assigns principals

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – As Grayson school officials prepare to open on Aug. 12, principals for all county schools are now in place.

    Returning to principal posts are Elizabeth Brown at Fries School, Brandi Ray at Grayson County High School, Jamey Hale at Independence Middle School and Susan Mitchell at Independence Middle School principal.

  • State park celebrates golden anniversary

    On July 11, Grayson Highlands celebrated the 50th anniversary of being open to the public since its establishment in 1965.

    There were more than 1,300 visitors in attendance, many of whom were locals, but some came from as far away as Germany, according to a Virginia State Parks news release.

  • Musicians tune up to retake world record

    Got a mandolin and even a rudimentary ability to play it?

    Tara Linhardt wants you to come to the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention on Aug. 4 at 1 p.m. to help make history — again.

    In 2012, the world’s largest mandolin ensemble – 389 strong – came together at the Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax. That’s not just an idle boast; the event made the Guinness Book of World Records.

  • Murder trial date won't be set until August

    INDEPENDENCE — A jury trial date for George Albert Harper III of Galax, who is charged with the first-degree murder of Brandon Billings, will not be set until August, according to the Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Harper is the second suspect to face a jury trial for Billings’ homicide; a crime that took place in Grayson County nearly 13 years ago. Billings, 18, was found shot to death in his truck near the New River.

    Harper was scheduled to have his trial date set on Friday. However, the scheduling was continued until Aug. 6, according to the court.

  • Patsy Stoneman, mountain music pioneer, passes away

    Patsy Stoneman Murphy was born in Galax and ended up near Nashville, a life journey that almost mimics the evolution of the country music her father, Ernest V. “Pop” Stoneman helped to bring about.

    Normally, uttering the words “Patsy” and “country music” turns the average American’s mind to Patsy Cline, the pioneering female country singer out of Winchester, whose life was cut tragically short in a place crash at age 30.