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Today's News

  • Chalfant addresses school budget issues

    INDEPENDENCE — After weeks of often adversarial public meetings on the county’s school budget, Grayson Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant on Wednesday issued a statement to local media about the challenges facing school officials.

    The statement came a day after parents, students and community members demonstrated outside the school board office to demand changes in leadership and protested recent decisions on budgeting, finances, personnel and safety.

  • Galax police cameras focus on accuracy, accountability

    Nearly a year ago, the Galax Police Department took a step forward in both technology and accountability when it began sending officers out with body cameras.

    While there’s been talk in the Virginia legislature of making body cameras mandatory for all police officers in the commonwealth, there’s yet to be a law passed enforcing this. In Galax, however, the cameras are already in use.

  • GCHS Prom 2015

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — About 300 danced the night away at Grayson County High School’s annual Junior-Senior Prom on April 25.

    The prom’s theme this year was “If Only for One Night.” The event was coordinated by GCHS teacher Amanda Brewer, who was assisted by many volunteers.

  • Protesters call for school changes

    By LARRY CHAMBERS and DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Members of the Grayson Citizens for Better Schools staged a peaceful demonstration Monday morning in front of the Grayson County School Board office in Independence, calling for changes in leadership and protesting recent budget cuts and teacher firings.

    Several motorists honked their horns as they passed by the group, which held signs referencing school leaders they’d like to see replaced.

  • Firefighters, paramedics handle farm accident, other calls

    The Galax Fire Department stayed busy over the last weekend of April and into early last week; activity included a flue fire, a farming accident, electrical and automobile fires, according to a report given by Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

  • Galax man indicted on arson charges

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man was indicted on five charges in connection with a fire that damaged Pine Crest Apartments in the city.

    A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury last week indicted Phillip Allen Holdaway, 34, on two counts of arson, two counts of statutory burglary and one count of felonious damage to property.

  • Vaught seeks another term as Grayson prosecutor

    INDEPENDENCE — Doug Vaught has announced that he will seek a third term as Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney, a position he has held for the past eight years.

    In addition to his most recent two terms, Vaught was elected commonwealth’s attorney in 1979 and was re-elected in 1983.

    In 1987, his loss to Paul X Bolt in the Grayson County Republican Party mass meeting resulted in Vaught leaving that office, and continuing his private law practice in Galax.

  • CCHS Prom 2015
  • Grayson school board to make appointment

    INDEPENDENCE — Letters of interest are still being accepted to fill a vacant slot on the Grayson County School Board.

    The Oldtown District seat became vacant last month when Hobert Bailey, a 16-year member, resigned. At the time, Bailey was serving as chairman of the school board.

    Vice Chairman Shannon Holdaway said during a recent budget work session of the school board that a special meeting will be held on May 6 at 6 p.m. The school board will review the applicants in closed session.

  • Hillsville wants to treat Exit 14 wastewater

    HILLSVILLE — To avoid the strain of higher water and sewer costs for town citizens, Hillsville officials are discussing options with the Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) to bring additional wastewater through the town’s plant in order to maximize use and prevent a potential price hike.

    Travis Jackson, a consultant for the town, along with Mayor Greg Crowder and Town Manager Retta Jackson, approached the Carroll PSA at its April 13 meeting, and requested specifically that the town treat wastewater flow from Interstate 77’s busy Exit 14.