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Today's News

  • Chalfant resigns as Grayson school chief

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Embattled Grayson County Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant is stepping down.

    Grayson County School Board Acting Chairman Shannon Holdaway made the announcement in a school system news release distributed Friday.

  • Joe Wilson was mountain music's champion

    Generally, legends are made by acts of great heroism: beating back an enemy, rescuing the helpless, bringing justice to the oppressed.

    Another component of heroism is simply in doing: committing acts and going forward.

    Curious, then, that Joe Wilson, who died on May 17 at 77 years of age, is a legend in folklore, traditional arts and roots music when he was barely known to pick up a guitar.

  • Fries sets stage for theater renovation

    FRIES — Fries Town Council has approved a plan to renovate the Fries Community Center Theater.

    Originally presented to council in April, a plan designed by Kit Marshall was reviewed and approved by council members on May 5.

    “Last month, we asked [Marshall] to show her ideas around to get further input from the public. I can’t say that I’ve spoken to everybody, but everyone I have talked to has spoken favorably about the design,” Mayor Richard Farmer said.

  • Vehicle reported stolen with child inside

    HILLSVILLE — A Laurel Fork man and woman were arrested on various charges last week, after police received a complaint about a stolen vehicle with a child inside.

    According to a report from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Eric Sain was dispatched to 958 Bear Creek Road on May 14 at 6 p.m., to speak with a caller about a stolen truck. When he arrived, the complainant said that a red 2006 Nissan Titan truck with a Florida license plate had been taken, and that it was occupied by her daughter, her daughter’s boyfriend and a 3-year-old child.

  • Carter home celebrating couple's 120th anniversary

    HILLSVILLE — The Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Foundation will commemorate the 120th anniversary of George Lafayette Carter and Mayetta Wilkinson Carter’s marriage with a wedding reception, dinner and program on May 30 at the Carter Home in Hillsville.

    Carter was born Jan. 10, 1857, in Carroll County, one of the nine children of Walter Crockett Carter and Lucy Ann Jennings. Of his siblings, he and three of his sisters were the only children to survive past the age of 20.

  • Police: Baywood house fire suspicious

    BAYWOOD — Authorities are still sorting out events surrounding a suspicious May 10 fire that gutted a Baywood family’s mobile home, but police have arrested a neighbor they say shot into the home the previous evening.

    Grayson County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded around noon to a 250 Cold Springs Lane structure fire that a sheriff’s office news release termed “suspicious in nature.”

  • H.E.R.O. Day honors first responders

    Families mingled with local heroes last Saturday during the annual H.E.R.O. Day event in Hillsville.

    H.E.R.O. is an acronym for “Hearts Empowered to Rescue Others.” Held at the Carroll County Recreation Park, the day-long event gave the community an opportunity to meet and talk with first responders, examine their equipment and view demonstrations of training exercises and procedures that are used in real emergencies.

  • Adkins running for 20th District seat

    Former Martinsville mayor and Democratic hopeful Kim Adkins announced her intention to run for the 20th District seat in U.S. Senate on May 2 at the gazebo in downtown Galax.

    Adkins is challenging incumbent Republican Bill Stanley. The district includes Galax and part of Carroll County.

  • Carroll adds roads to six-year plan

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has approved five additional roads to receive upgrades through the county’s secondary highway six-year plan for 2015-16 through 2020-21.

    In April, the board announced that a draft was available to view for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s six-year plan. The working draft of the 2015-16 priority list included the surface treatment of 26 roads within the county, in addition to traffic services, engineering and survey costs.

  • Safe Routes program took city down a new path

    Safe Routes to School Coordinator Linda Mock recently updated Galax City Council regarding the program’s projects and announced her intention to leave the position.

    Mock has been in charge of the program since the city received a grant to create it a couple of years ago.

    Her assistant, Katie Osborne, will replace her, Mock said.

    Mock informed council in April that Safe Routes received a second grant of $41,000 this year to establish habits in kids that will help them create healthy lifestyles.