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Today's News

  • Oak Hall bringing 100 jobs to Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Oak Hall Cap & Gown, a manufacturer of academic, judicial and religious apparel, will invest $1.2 million to establish a textile manufacturing operation in Independence.

    The company will renovate and up-fit an existing 85,000-square-foot facility — the old Robertshaw Controls building at 607 W. Main Street — and create 100 new jobs.

  • Two-day metal fest to rock Independence

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — While the Grayson County area regularly receives recognition for its bluegrass and country music, heavy metal and rock have a Grayson following also worth noting.

  • Mitchell no longer seeking appointment

    HILLSVILLE ― Billy Mitchell has withdrawn his application to serve on the Carroll County Planning Commission, after his nomination last month resulted in controversy among members of the community and other county officials.

    Mitchell, a former Carroll administrator, served time in federal prison after he was convicted in 1998 of embezzling more than $400,000 from the county and the Industrial Development Authority (IDA). The federal indictment against Mitchell included seven counts of embezzlement and 25 counts of money laundering.

  • Sheriff to run for 3rd term

    By DON RICHESON and LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Thirteen Grayson County elected positions are up for grabs this year, but so far there is no stampede of official candidates.

    The only candidate to file paperwork to run so far is Sheriff Richard Vaughan, who is seeking another four-year term.

    Vaughan said he will run as an independent candidate and has secured the required 125 signatures from registered voters.

  • Two charged after traffic stop turns up drugs

    Two men face drug charges after traffic stops that occurred on Feb. 28 and March 1 in Galax.

    On Saturday, Jeffery D. Ray, 44, of Galax, was stopped by Sgt. Shawny Jones for an equipment violation. “It was determined that Ray’s privilege to drive had been suspended and that it was the second time he had been stopped that day for the same violation,” according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    While Ray’s vehicle was being inventoried prior to towing, a quantity of marijuana and suspected methamphetamine was discovered.

  • Goad to announce candidacy

    HILLSVILLE — Gerald Goad will announce his candidacy for Clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Historic Carroll County Courthouse on Main Street in Hillsville.

    Goad is an online academic advisor at Wytheville Community College. He studied business and industry training at Old Dominion University, and also attended Wytheville Community College and Virginia Tech.

    If elected, Goad would fill the seat vacated by Carolyn Honeycutt, who announced her retirement earlier this year.

  • Grayson schools could cut 20 positions

    INDEPENDENCE – No jobs are safe in the Grayson County School Division for next year as administrators look to cut up to 20 positions to balance next year’s budget.

    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant – along with Finance Director Norma Quesinberry and Director of Personnel Judy Greear – provided the school board a draft budget this week that included a reduction of 94 additional students and more than $3.4 million less revenue than budgeted.

  • Group raising awareness about Multiple Sclerosis

    HILLSVILLE — Town council has approved a resolution declaring March as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness month for Hillsville.

    Town council members approved the declaration at their Tuesday meeting, after they were visited by Twin County MS Support Group members Regina Dalton, Dalton’s daughter Autumn Stanley, Karen Walker and Arlene Monteith.

  • Branch to update community on U.S. 58 project

    LAUREL FORK — Branch Highways, the contractor for the U.S. 58 widening project, will hold an information session for the Laurel Fork community on March 4.

    Pete Copes, Branch’s Construction Manager on the project, will speak at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Laurel Fork Community Center, according to Frances Tobler of the Senior Citizens Group of Laurel Fork, sponsor of the meeting.

  • Gov. signs bill freezing utility rates and reviews

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a bill Feb. 24 that halts the state’s ability to review and adjust base electricity rates for utilities in Virginia while keeping rates frozen.

    The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, ends the State Corporation Commission’s ability during the five-year period to determine whether energy giants such as Appalachian Power and Dominion Power earned more than a fair profit and to order refunds to consumers.