Today's News

  • Grayson school system plans for future

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board reviewed and held a public hearing for the school’s comprehensive six-year plan at the Sept. 12 meeting.

    No one signed up to speak for the public hearing, but those present were given an overview of the plan as presented by Susan Funk, director of student learning.

    The plan — also shared with the public on the school system’s website — has five goals:

  • Galax stormwater fee meeting set for Monday

    What’s the new Stormwater Management Ordinance that the Galax City Council adopted in July 2014 worth?

    About $1.50 more on your residential water bill a month.

    Council voted to adopt the ordinance, which kicks in with the 2016 property tax invoices. The fee amounts to about $18 a year total for residences. Commercial establishments will also be affected, though to a similarly small degree.

  • Suspect in custody after two police chases

    A suspect in the manhunt in Carroll County has been taken into custody by authorities in Wythe County.

    According to Wythe County Sheriff Keith Dunagan, Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner contacted his office on Friday morning and informed Dunagan that a suspect in the ongoing stolen vehicle case was believed to be at a home in the Austinville area of Wythe County.

  • Grayson SOLs show improvement

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools are celebrating a continued climb in Standards of Learning test scores, after receiving news that six out of seven schools in the system were fully accredited based on the 2015-16 results.

  • Nichols faces 38 child porn charges

    HILLSVILLE — Brandon Lee Nichols, 24, of Woodlawn, was arrested on Monday by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and charged with 38 counts of felony possession of child pornography, according to the Hillsville Police Department’s Det. Robert S. Martin.

    Martin led the investigation as part of his efforts with Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (SOVA ICAC), a federal task force comprised of multiple cooperating federal, state and local agencies.

  • Never Forgotten: POW/MIA Day

    The Galax American Legion #245 and Independence Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7726 came together Sept. 17 at twilight to remember and honor prisoners of war and those missing in action.

    The service was held at the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial next to the Galax Public Library. Coy Shaffner was introduced as a former POW of Germany during Word War II.

  • Three hurt in Cana accident

    CANA — A two-vehicle accident on Sept. 17 at 7:55 a.m. on Paul’s Creek Road in Cana left three people injured, according to a report filed by Virginia State Trooper R.D. Horton.

    Sara Johnson, 27, of Cana, was driving a 2014 Honda Civic along Paul’s Creek near Flower Gap Road when she crossed the middle line and struck a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo driven by Patty Marsh, 46, also of Cana, according to the report.

    Damages were estimated at $10,000 to Johnson’s car and $6,500 to Marsh’s car.

  • Businesses thanked for contributions to school

    INDEPENDENCE — Two local individuals and their companies were recognized by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors this month for their contributions to assist the school system with the football stadium bleachers renovation project.

    Proclamations were approved and presented by the board to Randall Eller and Independence Lumber, and to Gus Hill and Hill’s Coal and Trucking, during the regular monthly meeting on Sept. 15.

    “These two companies contributed a lot to the bleacher project,” said County Administrator Jonathan Sweet.

  • Carroll County leads manhunt on Mount Zion Road



    CARROLL – A manhunt is still underway in Carroll County after a suspect driving a stolen car fled from law enforcement and hit a deputy head-on in the process.

    The deputy then shot at the suspect, whose identity is not known at this time. Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner said a small amount of blood was recovered from inside the stolen vehicle and will be sent for DNA analysis.

  • Galax waits to see if lottery plan wins approval

    Galax could receive up to $160,000 in additional state funding per year if a plan goes forward to return some revenue from Virginia Lottery sales to localities.

    In August, City Manager Keith Barker said he received a request for support from a group of Virginia mayors who want legislation passed by the General Assembly that would reallocate some of the lottery funds.