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Today's News

  • Hillsville crash snaps pole, causes power outage

    A single-vehicle accident involving a power pole in Hillsville caused no injuries but left several homes without electricity for about three hours on April 19, according to Hillsville Police Officer Stephen Brady.

    A black 2010 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by Jeremy Lee Wilson, 25, of Wrightsville, Ga., was coming down Big Red Drive when he approached a steep curve and, unable to stop or negotiate the turn, hit an Appalachian Power pole and broke it, Brady said.

  • Drug takeback set for April 29

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Independence Police Department will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29, with prescription drug dropoffs in multiple locations.

    The public is encouraged to turn in unused and out-of-date medications including prescription, over-the-counter and pet meds, for safe disposal at their nearest collection site. These items will be safely disposed of to prevent them from being misused, or from contaminating local water supplies as a result of improper disposal.

  • Fries plans first fair since 1950s

    FRIES — For the first time in nearly 70 years, the town of Fries has announced the arrival of a four-day fair for kids and adults to enjoy.

    The Fries Fun Fair will be held April 27-30, by the New River. Provided by Lisko Family Midway Amusements, the fair will feature a number of rides, game booths and food stations throughout the long weekend.

  • Grayson's eye in the sky

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson now has a handy eye in the sky available, thanks to a recent certification allowing the county to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for mapping and other potentially life-saving uses.

  • Firefighters extinguish blaze at unoccupied house

    Staff Report

    FRIES — Fries and Galax firefighters battled a fully involved structure fire at an unoccupied building in Fries on Monday morning.

    According to a report from Chief Chad Stanley, the Fries Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on Barbershop Lane at 3:42 a.m. on April 17. Upon arrival, the department found a one-story, unoccupied house that was fully engulfed.

  • County offers tax relief to seniors, veterans, disabled

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is offering two tax relief programs that benefit local veterans, the elderly and the disabled.

    At the April meeting of the Grayson Board of Supervisors, Commissioner of the Revenue Larry Bolt talked about the county’s real estate tax relief program for the elderly and disabled. Passing around a handout for the program, Bolt explained that his office provides an initial questionnaire to the public, to give citizens an opportunity to see if they may qualify.

  • Readers Hotline 4/26/17

    Can’t sing
    These crybabies that don’t like how the election went, grow up and get over it. My thing is, how dare you, you hypocrites, like Madonna. Every time I hear that, I have to cut the TV off. I don’t want my children hearing what a ridiculous woman this is. You made your living out of grabbing your body parts. You sure can’t sing. Where are your big albums the last couple years, Madonna? You are corrupting the minds of our children and you are a hypocrite and anyone that believes like you is a hypocrite. Nothing but disgusting.

  • Readers Hotline 4/24/17

    Hats off
    Hats off to all the folks that did a wonderful job on the “Thunder in the Hills” play to support the Sidna Allen home. It was good to hear both sides of the story and kind of make a decision on what you felt was true. A very well-told story. Hope the community will support it. Especially impressed with Mrs. Frances. You just want to go up and give her a big ole hug. Thanks for telling the story we have heard many times growing up.

    Why us?

  • Car hits Galax bank

    No injuries occurred on Wednesday around 2 p.m. when a car crashed into the glass foyer of BB&T on East Stuart Drive in Galax, according to the Galax Police Department.

    The incident left the lobby temporarily closed.

    Sgt. Mark Burnett said that an elderly man reported that he pulled into a parking space directly in front of the entrance when the brakes on his car, a Ford Lumina, failed. The crash caused the metal frame of the foyer to buckle at and around the point of impact, and two panes of glass to shatter.

  • Readers Hotline 4/19/17

    Trail improvements
    Kudos to the New River Trail Park staff who recently worked on improving the trail. I really appreciate the widening and smoothing of the surface and the new gravel put down. It has made a beautiful place even nicer. I hope everyone that has the opportunity will take a walk on it and enjoy this treasure we have in our own back yard.

    Who are they?