Today's News

  • After 100 years, VFW Auxiliary admits men

    HILLSVILLE — There is no longer a “Ladies Auxiliary” for the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, as the veterans’ organization adapts to today’s military, in which more and more women are serving.

    That will not affect the very active and popular “support” organization for the Grover King VFW Post 1115 in Hillsville. The organization is now known as the “VFW Auxiliary” and membership is now open to men, said Donald Trausneck of Post 1115.

  • Woodlawn crash injures two people

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    WOODLAWN — Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle collision that occurred Tuesday night on Coulson Church Road (Virginia 620) in Carroll County, about one-tenth of a mile north of Senior Road, around 10 p.m.

    According to a state police report, a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt was traveling northbound on Coulson Church Road when the driver crossed the centerline and struck a 2004 Toyota Tacoma head-on. The Tacoma overturned on its side as a result.

  • Board votes down procedure change

    INDEPENDENCE — After a deadlock vote over a seat on the Grayson County Planning Commission in July, the Grayson Board of Supervisors this month discussed a change in their procedures for electing members to boards and commissions.

    Supervisor Kenneth Belton approached the board with a draft of procedure changes during the Aug. 13 meeting. Prior to the meeting, he had asked County Administrator Jonathan Sweet to come up with a set of procedure rules for appointing board members.

  • Ag Day at the Carroll Fair


    Around 800 students from the Twin Counties participated in the Carroll County Agriculture Fair Ag Education Days Tuesday through Thursday.

    The students rotated between multiple stations learning about a range of topics at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market. The various presenters gave engaging and fact-filled information to the students about recycling, beekeeping, soil and water conservation, lawnmower safety and cotton manufacturing.

  • Candidate forums to be held in Grayson


    INDEPENDENCE – Candidates in the Nov. 3 general election in Grayson County will have the opportunity to participate in four political forums in September.

    The Grayson County Citizens for Better Schools will sponsor the forums, which will be held at 7 p.m. each night.

  • Wine & Brew Festival set for Saturday

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Wine and Brew Festival, scheduled for Aug. 29 at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence, will feature a lineup of local wines and craft beer this year.

    The festival begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, on the lawn of the Historic 1908 Courthouse, rain or shine. Admission is $15 per person and the price includes an etched wine glass.

  • Men charged for drugs, fugitive warrant in Whitetop


    WHITETOP – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department made two drug-related arrests in the Whitetop community recently.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said on Aug. 20, members of the sheriff’s office and the Twin County Drug Task Force arrested Donald Smith Turnmire, 39, of Whitetop.

    Vaughan said Turnmire was arrested for being a fugitive from justice with seven pending felony charges in Virginia and North Carolina.

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  • Therapist's huggable dolls help dementia patients

    Janet Tompkins, a local speech therapist and founder of SpeechPath Tools — an organization for developments in senior-to-caregiver communication — has recently introduced a new product line with a personality all its own.

    “My Comfort Companions,” a series of personalized dolls (and a stuffed beagle for the male geriatric population), are now available for patients and caregivers who are in search of the perfect gift for loved ones suffering from the devastating effects of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Grayson grand jury opens sealed charges


    INDEPENDENCE – A Lansing, N.C., man has been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on five charges.

    The indictments against Jamie Matthew Eldreth, 35, were among the sealed indictments handed down by the grand jury that met July 24 and recently unsealed.

    Eldreth was indicted for eluding police, disregarding stop; reckless driving; driving on a suspended license; failure to display proper tag; and defective equipment.

    Other indictments unsealed were: