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Today's News

  • New I-77 signs warn drivers of danger

    FANCY GAP – Motorists will see a new type of speed limit sign on Interstate 77 in the Fancy Gap area of Carroll County, which will allow for speed limits to be changed based on reduced visibility conditions.

    The signs will be placed between the 0 and 15 mile markers — an area where high winds and heavy fog have caused numerous crashes, some fatal — and will allow speed limits to be lowered below 65 mph when weather conditions reduce visibility.

  • 'Save Our Towns' series focuses on Fries

    FRIES — The Town of Fries was recently chronicled in an episode of “Save Our Towns,” an award-winning web series that explores the history of various towns in Appalachia.

    An outreach project launched by Virginia Tech, “Save Our Towns” episodes explore these areas in “reality show” segments. It is produced by Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, and is now in its third year of production.

  • Dance conservatory to present 'The Nutcracker'

    The magic and beauty of The Nutcracker will return to local stages Dec. 10 and 11 with The Conservatory of Dance and Theatre’s 12th annual production of this classic holiday ballet.

    The Nutcracker ballet is timeless; from the dancing, to the characters, to the famous musical score, to the costumes and set designs.

    Appropriate for children of all ages, the conservatory has always promoted its version of The Nutcracker as a ballet “for children, by children.”

  • Galax stonewalled in semis

    Galax’s 63-21 loss to Riverheads in the Group 1A state semifinals Saturday could be analyzed a thousand different ways.

  • Two injured in 3-vehicle crash in Woodlawn

    WOODLAWN – A man faces multiple charges, including driving under the influence, after a three-vehicle accident on Nov. 27. The wreck occurred on Airport Road in Carroll County.

    According to a report from Trooper C.M. Delp with the Virginia State Police, authorities were notified of a motor vehicle accident at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 27. The accident had taken place on Route 743 (Airport Road), about one-tenth of a mile north of Route 958 (Witts End Road) in Woodlawn.

  • Gift establishes scholarship for technical skills

    When Anne Vaughan of Galax had trouble finding a plumber and a bricklayer, she realized that the area needs a workforce trained in technical skills.

    She decided to do something about that, by donating $200,000 to Wytheville Community College for a new scholarship.

    Vaughan, widow of the late John Vaughan of Vaughan Furniture, presented the gift in a public announcement held at the Crossroads Institute last week.

  • Suspect captured, charged with abduction and robbery

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff's Office confirmed Thursday that the second suspect in an armed robbery and abduction has been located.

  • Improvement projects underway in Grayson schools

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Division School Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the school board at its Nov. 14 meeting that work is underway on the 2017-2018 school budget, and warned members to expect it to be “tight.”

    Wilmore said he was looking at ways to save money and to update school buildings.

  • Lewis heads to court for homicide, assault

    MARION — Two charges in the fatal hit-and-run death of a Fries woman and the vehicular injury of an Ivanhoe man have been continued by the Smyth County General District Court.

    John Randolph Lewis, 34, of Wytheville is charged in the first-degree murder of Heather Copeland Clontz, 35, and the malicious assault of Samuel D. Lawson. According to the court’s online database, Lewis will appear in court Dec. 8 for the assault charge and one charge of failure to stop for an accident.

  • Carroll recognizes students, teachers

    HILLSVILLE – Many special recognitions and accomplishments were praised at the November meeting of the Carroll County School Board. In addition to announcing the county’s finalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year, several other teachers and students were recognized and presented special projects they had done.

    An update was also provided on the AmeriCorps tutoring program in Carroll County schools. Tonyia Gibson, AmeriCorps Director, oversees 32 AmeriCorps tutors for Carroll County and 13 tutors in Floyd County.