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Today's News

  • School board splits on staffing reduction

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board passed a “reduction in force” recommendation for teachers at its meeting last Thursday night, but failed to pass the additional staff reductions list.

    A motion to cut several staff positions failed to get a second, and the teacher reduction motion was approved on a split vote.

  • Robinson rides onto the silver screen

    HOLLYWOOD, Cal. — Local movie fans might have spotted a familiar face this month when the Nicholas Sparks-inspired date movie “The Longest Ride” made its debut in theaters on April 10.

    The movie, which tells two different love stories, kicks up plenty of dust with one of the main characters: Luke, a professional bull-rider who is making a comeback after suffering a serious injury at the horns — and hooves — of a quasi-demon bull named “Rango.”

  • Bolt to seek fourth term as Grayson commissioner

    INDEPENDENCE — Larry Bolt has announced his intentions to seek re-election as the Commissioner of the Revenue for Grayson County.

    Bolt has completed the necessary paperwork with the Grayson County Republican Party and plans to be the nominated candidate at the mass meeting on May 2, according to a news release.

  • Golf cart, lawn mower stolen from church

    A Galax woman and four juveniles are charged in connection with the theft of a golf cart and a riding lawnmower from a church.

    Brittany Walls, 19, has been charged with a series of offenses that occurred at the First Baptist Church of Galax. Four juveniles will be petitioned to appear in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in connection with the offenses.

  • Man charged with intent to sell methamphetamine

    An Independence man was arrested April 17 on drug charges, according to a Galax Police Department report.

    Jackie Christopher Parsons, 37, was charged by Officer Drew Burnett, who encountered Parsons while trying to locate a person in an unrelated matter.

    Parsons is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a Schedule IV drug.

    He was sent to the New River Valley Regional Jail on a secured bond, pending his appearance in Galax General District Court.

  • Parents ask school chief to resign

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Tracy Anderson, representing the 500-plus-member Grayson Citizens for Better Schools, called for the resignation of Grayson County School Superintendent Kevin Chalfant during last Thursday’s regular school board meeting.

    The meeting was originally set for the library at the Independence Middle School, but was moved to the auditorium when the crowd swelled to around 300 people.

  • Readers Hotline 4/27/15

    Clean it up
    I am a citizen that lives on Tower Road and it is nothing but a trash pile, especially the end coming toward the four-way stop off Country Club Lane. It seems like people just want to throw their trash out all over the road. It looks awful and terrible and needs to be cleaned up. I would like to live in a nice, clean area. Please, if there is anything you can do about this, please help.

    Confused

  • School board should take county's offer

    You hear a lot this time of year about the stress students are being put through as they take state tests; about the anxiety and sleepless nights as they worry about their future.

    This year, in Grayson County, the teachers and staff are the ones concerned about their fates as the school system tries to find a way to balance a budget while faced with a funding shortfall.

  • Fuller Center to host wall build

    HILLSVILLE - The Fuller Center of Housing - Greater Carroll County Area, in cooperation with Crossroads Missions, will host a first-ever "Wall Build" event on May 2. Beginning at 8 a.m., volunteers will gather in the Hillsville VFW building, where they will build nearly 60 walls for a local home in just a few hours.

  • Readers Hotline 4/22/15

    Fines for littering
    People that put trash out in other people’s yards, I am going to push the General Assembly here in Virginia to make it a $5,000 fine and it needs to be a $5,000 fine, those trashy people.

    Shine a positive light