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Today's News

  • Grayson Relay for Life raises $19,000

    FRIES — Although this year’s headcount for the Grayson County Relay for Life was small, the participants’ efforts were reflected in both their attitudes and the impressive amount of donations that were raised (almost $19,000) for the continuing fight against cancer.

    According to Dreama Underwood, the event chair for the relay, four teams raised a total of $18,893.76, as of last Friday. Money was still coming in this week.

  • Grayson's cut teachers can't reapply

    INDEPENDENCE – A recent policy change by the Grayson County School Board has drawn strong reaction from the Grayson County Education Association (GCEA).

    Rebecca Absher, president of the GCEA, told school board members at a recent meeting that the board’s decision not to re-hire teachers who were on the reduction in force list was causing a lot of undue stress.

    “The policy is unfair to loyal employees who have given many years of their life to the school system and worked for five years without a raise,” Absher said.

  • Truck crashes into barn on Cranberry

    A single-vehicle wreck in the 2000 block of Cranberry Road left no injuries but apparently extensive property damage on July 21 at 1:15 p.m. according to Virginia State Trooper S.M. Cochran.

    A truck hauling an open trailer, driven by Randolph Shawn Turman, 42, of Dugspur, headed away from E. Stuart Drive, came around a curve too fast, the trailer jackknifed and pushed the truck off the road into a small barn, said Cochran.

  • Smoke on the Mountain 2015 Winners

    Galax hosted the 11th Annual Smoke on the Mountain state barbecue championship on July 17-18, with nearly 40 teams from all over the country competing, along with local cooks both amateur and professional.

    In addition to the state championship, the cookoff is a qualifying event for two major barbecue circuits, and the grand champion also earns entry into the World Food Competition.

    Winners and award sponsors included:

    KANSAS CITY BBQ SOCIETY CONTEST

    Chicken:

  • School chief developing capital improvement plan

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Dr. Larry Massie, interim superintendent for the Grayson County School System, told the school board recently that he is working on a capital improvement plan for the school system.

    Massie said he also plans to prepare a facilities study and visit all county schools to see what capital improvements they need and get input from the school principals.

  • New generation sings for Caty Sage

    FRIES — A piece of local history was passed down to students at Fries School last month, when a local songwriter designed her own take on a locally-spun tale about a girl named Caty Sage.

    According to the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum’s online exhibit, “The Ballad of Caty Sage” was originally a poem written in the 1930s by Eva Boyer of Carroll County, and was later set to music by J.C. Pierce of Galax. Pierce performed it at the 1940 Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention, and later recorded it on small commercial labels.

  • Readers Hotline 7/27/15

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    I think every state ought to have to report the address of their sanctuary cities so people like me who live in Virginia can know if we are living next to one. I think it is our right as citizens of this country to know who is living beside us and who isn’t. I don’t think that is too much to ask for.

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  • Common sense is the best safety measure

    Interstate 77 has proven to be an asset to Carroll County and surrounding communities by bringing tourists and potential residents by the thousands.

    With the high level of traffic comes a more immediate responsibility to impose and enforce traffic safety measures.

  • Galax/Carroll Relay for Life set for July 25

    HILLSVILLE — Walkers will go around the track in the battle against cancer when the 2015 American Cancer Society Relay For Life for Galax and Carroll County gets underway on Saturday.

    Teams made up of local volunteers will gather at Carroll County High School on July 25 from 4-11 p.m.

  • Drivers urged to take break from interstate

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Department of Tourism, The Town of Independence and the Independence Farmers’ Market have partnered to participate in the second annual “Take a Break from the Interstate” Highway 21 yard sale on July 24-26.

    Although the event itself is fairly new, the “Take A Break from the Interstate” road market has a history that dates back to the early 1980s, when DW and Barbara Miles developed the idea and trademark when Interstate 77 opened.