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Today's News

  • Branch Highways hits halfway mark on U.S. 58 project

    HILLSVILLE — Branch Highways has completed approximately half of the U.S. 58 widening project in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties.

    “We have finished our third season of construction activity and have made significant progress on the Laurel Fork project,” said Pete Copes, Branch’s general superintendent. “The team met all its construction goals for the year, and we look forward to resuming work in the spring.”

  • Grayson employees praised for United Way donations

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The United Way’s fundraising efforts in Grayson County are going well, according to Chris Brown, the organization’s Twin County area resource development manager.

    “Our campaign goal this year is $100,000 and as of today [Dec. 11], we’re at about 66 percent, so we are right on schedule to make our campaign goal by end of year,” Brown told the Grayson County Board of Supervisors during his presentation at last week’s regular meeting.

  • Council will meet to talk about filling vacancy

    Galax City Council will use its Dec. 22 meeting to discuss the appointment of a council member to fill former council member Bill Webb’s unexpired term until the special election.

    The election is pending approval. If legal permission is not granted for the election in November 2015, as council has requested, it must be held in May.

    Webb resigned last month due to health reasons, but his term does not expire until June 30, 2016. Council must appoint someone to fill that term until the regular election in May 2016.

  • Oakland Winter Carnival 2014

    Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County held its Winter Festival last Thursday evening, with plenty of fun activities for students and their families.

    Guests were invited to have dinner with Santa Claus in the cafeteria, and enjoy a number of reindeer games and other activities throughout the school, including a fortune teller, cake walk, story time and kissing booth.

    The hallways were also lined with winter-themed craft booths, inviting both children and their parents to make a dent in their holiday decoration and gift shopping lists.

  • Galax delays selection of new school architect

    The Galax School Board has decided to delay taking action on proposals from two architectural and engineering firms regarding a new elementary school.

    The board discussed the proposals on Dec. 9, at a meeting in the current elementary school’s library.

    The two firms, Hughes & Associates and Thompson & Litton, submitted proposals to design the new elementary school on the Kipling Lane property that the school system recently bought.

  • Hospital planning for 2015

    The Twin County Regional Healthcare’s CEO says 2014 was “a year of investment and a year of growth.”

    Jon Applebaum addressed the TCRH Community Advisory Group on Dec. 4 to review Twin County Regional Hospital’s past year and look at what is planned for 2015.

    The meeting took place after an open house for the new MRI scanner.

  • Teachers: don't cut salaries to fix budget

    INDEPENDENCE – As Grayson County administrators look to make up a $500,000 budget deficit, the division’s education association president suggests they avoid reducing teachers’ pay.

    Grayson County Education President Rebecca Absher spoke to the school board at its regular meeting this week after rumors began circulating that administrators were considering cuts that would affect teachers’ pay.

  • Maroon Tide squanders huge lead but drops Wythe by 9

     Galax jumped out to a 31-14 halftime lead and withstood a second-half surge by George Wythe, holding on for a 65-56 win in a nondistrict boys’ basketball game Monday in Galax.

    Tied 8-8 with three minutes left in the first period, the Maroon Tide (3-0) outscored the Maroons 23-7 the rest of the first half to take command.

  • Dixon, Spurlin lead Tide in C46 voting

    Caleb Spurlin started the season as a skill position player. Joseph Dixon started the season in the shadow of one of the greatest individual seasons in state history.

    Both Galax football players have than left their mark, if Conference 46 coaches have anything to say about it.

    Spurlin was named the top lineman on both sides of the ball and Dixon earned offensive player of the year honors in Conference 46 voting.

  • McGrady tops 1,000 in Devil win

    INDEPENDENCE –– The suspense is over. 

    Camryn McGrady of the Grayson County Blue Devils surpassed the 1,000 point mark for her career Friday in a 56-26 victory over nondistrict rival Alleghany, N.C.

    McGrady entered the game 10 points short of the 1,000 mark. She had scored eight points when she was fouled with 1:55 left in the half. She calmly went to the foul line and sank both shots to reach the plateau.