Today's News

  • Man pleads guilty to child solicitation

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Circuit Court was prepared to hear the case against James Norwood Crowder, 42, of Christiansburg, on Jan. 12, when the defendant waived his right to trial and pleaded guilty to proposing sex with a child.

  • String band class raising money for instruments

    INDEPENDENCE ― Instructor Eddie Bond has seen several young musicians come a long way through the Grayson County High School String Band program; and says he is encouraged to see so many of the newer generation so interested in keeping a part of the area’s history alive.

    But as the interest expands, so does the need for equipment. Fortunately, an upcoming event at the high school could help put fresh new instruments into the hands of their students.

  • House OKs bill to ease concealed gun permit rule

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – The Virginia House of Delegates approved a bill last week to allow members of the military to obtain concealed handgun permits at age 18.

    HB 1582, introduced by Del. Jeff Campbell (R-Marion), passed by a vote of 78-19. It will now go to the Senate for consideration. Campbell’s district includes Carroll County.

  • Town hears update from firefighters

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council heard an update from the fire department and approved the department’s 2017 list of officers during its first meeting of the year on Jan. 10.

    “Through 2016, we had one of the busiest years we’ve ever had since we started keeping record,” said Chief Gary Hash of the Independence Volunteer Fire Department, who spoke to council at the beginning of the meeting. According to his data, Hash said the department answered around 160 calls for service.

  • Local women march into history

    When Janet Tate of Laurel Fork decided to attend the Women’s March on Washington last weekend, she didn’t necessarily seem a likely attendee. White, middle class and married, she arguably has a degree of privilege that puts her above the fray.

    But that’s not how she saw it.

    “Women my age went to march because we know how it was before,” said Tate.

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  • Asbury to lead economic development authority

    Staff Report

    The Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority’s board of directors has selected Katherine Asbury as its new executive director.

    Asbury received a masters of public policy from the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. She also received a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Virginia.

  • Charges include resisting arrest, grand larceny

    Staff Reports

    Police say a Galax man was charged with resisting arrest when police served a warrant on him Jan. 15.

    James Edward Goad, 58, was arrested after he was stopped for suspicion of DUI, said Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Officer Terry Woods “recognized him and had personal knowledge that we possessed an active warrant for his arrest for brandishing a firearm,” Clark said.

  • Police: traffic stop resulted in assault

    Staff Report

    FRIES — A traffic stop in Fries led to a struggle between a suspect and a deputy, when the suspect reportedly rammed into the deputy using his shoulder in an effort to elude arrest while he was being searched for weapons.

  • He's three

    Briley McKinley Marshall turned 3 on Dec. 10. His birthday was celebrated with a Ninja Turtle party. He is the son of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall.

    His big sisters are Izzie and Cassie Marshall. His grandparents are Randy and  Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. His great-grandparents are M.C. and Irene Bell, the late Verna Liddle, O’Neal and O’Needa Terry, and the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.