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Today's News

  • Cana Rescue renovations complete

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    CANA – Renovations have been completed and the Cana station of Carroll County Fire Rescue is now in operation on U.S. 52.

    The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) voted at its September meeting to borrow $250,000 to purchase the Cana Rescue Squad building and operate it as part of Carroll County Fire Rescue.

  • Cana fire under investigation

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    CANA – A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a house in the Cana community in the early morning hours of Oct. 26.

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the blaze.

    The Cana Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 1429 Bear Trail Road at 5:50 a.m. When firefighters arrived, they found the one-story frame house engulfed by flames.

  • Stabbing suspect sought in Grayson

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff's Office and the Virginia State Police are searching for a suspect involved in a reported stabbing on Beech Grove Lane in Galax on Tuesday afternoon.

    David Lee Combs, 39, of 2212 Beech Grove Lane, is a suspect in a stabbing at the residence, which occurred at 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to the sheriff's office.

    The victim reportedly received minor wounds.

    Combs was last seen running into a wooded area near Beech Grove, wearing a camouflage jacket.

  • Officers on lookout for stabbing suspect

    The Grayson County Sheriff's Office and the Virginia State Police are searching for a suspect involved in a reported stabbing on Beech Grove Lane in Galax that occurred Tuesday afternoon.

    David Lee Combs, 39, of 2212 Beech Grove Ln., is a suspect in the incident, which occurred at 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to the sheriff's office. Officers were called to the residence, where they found a victim with minor wounds.

    Combs was last seen running into a wooded area near Beech Grove Ln., wearing a camouflage jacket.

  • Readers Hotline 11/15/17

    Jealous opposition
    Thumbs up to President Trump. He is the best since Ronald Reagan. Some of the ones that are against him think they are going to lose their welfare checks and they are going to have to go back to work. Trump has done more for the country since he has been president than Obama did in eight years. Democrats are jealous of him. He is going to make America great again. He is going to drain the swamp.

    Patrol the potholes

  • Public record for 11/15/17 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in July in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Readers Hotline 11/13/17

    The referees’ fault
    I’m calling about the Grayson/Galax football game. I wouldn’t be hollering about winning when the refs are dirty doing their job. I saw our boys clothes-lined, which wasn’t called. I saw one boy get his helmet slung across the field, which wasn’t called. I saw one of Grayson’s boys jump on the sidelines on our boys, which wasn’t called. So, if you want to call that winning, I call that dirty myself. At least our boys know what sportsmanship is all about. Go Maroon Tide. You got it.

  • Officers risk their lives to protect community

    Police officer down.

    The entire community holds its breath when it reads or hears those words, hands clasped and heads bowed, in the fervent hope that its worst fears are not realized.

    In incident involving a Portsmouth officer shot five times in the line of duty las week should spur us to take a moment to consider the challenge of police work in this day and age, a vocation that routinely requires the risk of life and limb in service to the public.

  • All-Twin County team announced

    The inaugural all-Twin County volleyball team was announced this week, honoring the top players from Carroll County, Galax and Grayson County, as voted on by the three schools’ coaching staffs.

  • Playoff notebook: Come one, come all

    So here we go – 187 hopefuls, six state championship trophies up for grabs.

    On second thought, perhaps 187 is a few too many to label as “hopeful.”

    Of the 307 Virginia High School League-sanctioned football teams in the state of Virginia, 187 of them, or 62 percent, are still active as the first round of the playoffs rolls around this weekend. Obviously, not all 187 can have a winning record. Not all 187 even have a win.