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Today's News

  • Riders oppose closing horse trails

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A group of Grayson County area horseback riding enthusiasts is speaking out against a U.S. Forest Service proposal to close 80 percent of the trails its members use in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

  • Firefighters, paramedics handle farm accident, other calls

    The Galax Fire Department stayed busy over the last weekend of April and into early last week; activity included a flue fire, a farming accident, electrical and automobile fires, according to a report given by Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

  • Superintendent explains school budget situation

    Kevin Chalfant is superintendent of Grayson County schools

    As superintendent of Grayson County Public Schools, my focus is on providing the best possible education for our students.

  • Wreck leaves multiple victims

    A three-car accident on Route 58 in the eastbound lane left multiple victims transported by EMS from the scene. The accident occurred around 6 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

    The incident occurred in the vicinity of Magic Mart.

    Involved were a silver Nissan 4x4, a dark gray Buick LeSabre and a dark blue 4-door Ford sedan.

    Responding were Galax Grayson EMS, Pipers Gap EMS and the Galax Police Department.

    More information will be added as it becomes available.

  • GCHS Prom 2015

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — About 300 danced the night away at Grayson County High School’s annual Junior-Senior Prom on April 25.

    The prom’s theme this year was “If Only for One Night.” The event was coordinated by GCHS teacher Amanda Brewer, who was assisted by many volunteers.

  • Chalfant addresses school budget issues

    INDEPENDENCE — After weeks of often adversarial public meetings on the county’s school budget, Grayson Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant on Wednesday issued a statement to local media about the challenges facing school officials.

    The statement came a day after parents, students and community members demonstrated outside the school board office to demand changes in leadership and protested recent decisions on budgeting, finances, personnel and safety.

  • Galax police cameras focus on accuracy, accountability

    Nearly a year ago, the Galax Police Department took a step forward in both technology and accountability when it began sending officers out with body cameras.

    While there’s been talk in the Virginia legislature of making body cameras mandatory for all police officers in the commonwealth, there’s yet to be a law passed enforcing this. In Galax, however, the cameras are already in use.

  • HoustonFest celebrates 'Big Bang' of country music

    HoustonFest celebrates its fifth year with a stellar lineup of artists this weekend in Galax’s Felts Park.

    More than 40 bands will perform on three stages, along with special workshops, the Camp Houston youth stage, exhibits, instrument making displays, food, art and craft vendors.

  • Public record for 4/29/15 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in August of 2014, in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Grayson school board to make appointment

    INDEPENDENCE — Letters of interest are still being accepted to fill a vacant slot on the Grayson County School Board.

    The Oldtown District seat became vacant last month when Hobert Bailey, a 16-year member, resigned. At the time, Bailey was serving as chairman of the school board.

    Vice Chairman Shannon Holdaway said during a recent budget work session of the school board that a special meeting will be held on May 6 at 6 p.m. The school board will review the applicants in closed session.