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Today's News

  • I-77 safety signs to be installed this summer

    FANCY GAP — Motorists traveling Interstate 77 will notice new signs and weather detection stations being installed in Carroll County between mile markers 0 and 15 to inform them of changing traffic and weather conditions on Fancy Gap Mountain.

    A total of 76 signs of various types and three additional weather detection stations will be put in place this summer in support of the active traffic and safety management system.

    The signage includes regular static signs, electronic message boards and variable speed limit signs.

  • Readers Hotline 7/27/15

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  • Murder trial date won't be set until August

    INDEPENDENCE — A jury trial date for George Albert Harper III of Galax, who is charged with the first-degree murder of Brandon Billings, will not be set until August, according to the Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Harper is the second suspect to face a jury trial for Billings’ homicide; a crime that took place in Grayson County nearly 13 years ago. Billings, 18, was found shot to death in his truck near the New River.

    Harper was scheduled to have his trial date set on Friday. However, the scheduling was continued until Aug. 6, according to the court.

  • Grayson assigns principals

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – As Grayson school officials prepare to open on Aug. 12, principals for all county schools are now in place.

    Returning to principal posts are Elizabeth Brown at Fries School, Brandi Ray at Grayson County High School, Jamey Hale at Independence Middle School and Susan Mitchell at Independence Middle School principal.

  • Musicians tune up to retake world record

    Got a mandolin and even a rudimentary ability to play it?

    Tara Linhardt wants you to come to the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention on Aug. 4 at 1 p.m. to help make history — again.

    In 2012, the world’s largest mandolin ensemble – 389 strong – came together at the Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax. That’s not just an idle boast; the event made the Guinness Book of World Records.

  • State park celebrates golden anniversary

    On July 11, Grayson Highlands celebrated the 50th anniversary of being open to the public since its establishment in 1965.

    There were more than 1,300 visitors in attendance, many of whom were locals, but some came from as far away as Germany, according to a Virginia State Parks news release.

  • Schools could save money on audit

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved a bid for school account auditing services at its regular meeting July 14, which should save the school system money.

    Norma Quesinberry, director of finance, told the board that a public notice was placed on the school website for 10 days and two bids were received.

    Based on the low bid of $10,500, the board, on a unanimous 5-0 vote, accepted a bid from Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates.

  • Traffic change coming to U.S. 58

    A traffic pattern change for the U.S. 58 traffic project in Carroll County will go into effect Thursday.

    Weather permitting, the new pattern will begin at U.S. 58 and Virginia 653 (Dust Trail Road) and extend about .7 mile, then connect back into the current travel lane at .5 mile west of Virginia 638 (Dugspur Road).

    Traffic is being placed on a newly constructed section of the eastbound lane in order to construct the westbound lanes.

    The U.S. 58 improvements are being made in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties.

  • Two charged for drug paraphernalia

    Two people were arrested in Galax last week after a police canine alerted on their vehicle during a traffic stop.

    Sgt. Shawny Jones and Officer Jeremiah Foutch stopped a vehicle operated by Ronald E. Byrd, 33, of Fries, for improper registration, according to a Galax Police Department report. The officer’s observations caused them to request Sgt. Jacob Vaughan and a police canine trained in narcotics detection.

  • Patsy Stoneman, mountain music pioneer, passes away

    Patsy Stoneman Murphy was born in Galax and ended up near Nashville, a life journey that almost mimics the evolution of the country music her father, Ernest V. “Pop” Stoneman helped to bring about.

    Normally, uttering the words “Patsy” and “country music” turns the average American’s mind to Patsy Cline, the pioneering female country singer out of Winchester, whose life was cut tragically short in a plane crash at age 30.