Today's News

  • Line relocation estimate lower than expected

    HILLSVILLE — With cooperation from utility companies, the estimated cost of moving electric, phone and cable lines in Hillsville is much less than what town officials expected to pay.

    Hillsville Town Council heard the good news at its Jan. 14 meeting.

    “It will only be a third of the price we were always told it would be,” said Town Manager Larry South.

    Removing the unsightly utility lines from in front of historic buildings, like the old Carroll courthouse and the Carter Home, has long been a wish list item in downtown revitalization discussions.

  • Water requests renewed in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — The new Carroll Public Service Authority members received a welcome in the form of renewed requests for water and sewer at its first meeting.

    Citizen John Nobili had brought requests for public sewer service for Carrollwood Drive to the authority before, but that was before six new people were appointed to the board that oversees public utilities in the county.

    The Carroll Board of Supervisors appointed themselves to the authority positions in early January.

  • Easements protect 2,200 acres

    INDEPENDENCE — Two Grayson County farms that guard the scenic view and water quality along five miles of the New River will be forever protected in their natural state, thanks to conservation easements donated by their owners in 2007.

    Grayson County was one of the region’s leaders in land conservation in 2007 with nearly 1,392 acres protected, according to the New River Land Trust.

  • Student discipline programs working

    INDEPENDENCE — New programs implemented this year in Grayson County Schools have drastically reduced the number of students being suspended.

    Independence Middle School Principal Bobby Cheeks and Bridle Creek Elementary Principal Pat Driscol presented the school board with results from the first semester of the two programs during the regular school board meeting Jan. 14.

    Cheeks first talked about Effective School-wide Discipline, known as ESD.

  • Good sentenced for first-degree murder

    INDEPENDENCE — Marcus Justin Good, 30, of Chilhowie has been sentenced to 85 years in prison in connection with the stabbing death of Stacy J. Richardson.

    Circuit Court Judge Bret Geisler sentenced Good to 80 years in prison on the first-degree murder charge and five years for grand larceny in the theft of Richardson’s 1992 Pontiac Sunbird.

    Good appeared at a sentencing hearing in Grayson Circuit Court in December 2007.

  • Devils pull away from Galax

    INDEPENDENCE –– Maybe it’s a good sign when there is no longer a dose of gratification to be found in moral victories.

    Galax, which was blown out by 32 points in its last meeting with Grayson County, and which is two victories away from matching the last two years’ combined win total, was within five points at halftime and within 10 points in the fourth quarter before fading down the stretch, falling behind by as many as 23 before losing 55-40 in a Mountain Empire District girls’ game.

  • Tide boys win ninth straight, 84-64

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County hung strong for the first 16 minutes Wednesday night but in the end Galax was too strong as the Tide rolled to an 84-64 Mountain Empire District win.

    The Blue Devils (2-15 overall, 1-5 MED) started strong with points by Rusty Williams and a trey from Jhas Robinson to take an early 5-2 lead, but the Tide (12-3, 5-0) fought back with three straight points by G Zachary.

    Grayson again found its rhythm to increase its lead by four with 4:49 left in the first quarter.

  • Local events

    What's Happening

    Wednesday, Jan. 23

    Grayson County TRIAD meeting, 10 a.m., Fries Volunteer Fire Department bingo hall.

    Tri-Area Pregnancy Resource Center will hold Bible study, Galax Presbyterian Church, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Childcare is provided free.

    Cold Animals story hour and Mother Goose, Galax Public Library, 10:30 a.m. 236-5319, ext. 201 or carlene@wiredog.com.

    Thursday, Jan. 24

    Cold Animals story hour and Mother Goose, Galax Public Library, 10:30 a.m. 236-5319, ext. 201 or carlene@wiredog.com.

    Friday, Jan. 25

  • New board takes up ordinance

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll's new supervisors sent the subdivision ordinance back to the planning commission Jan. 14 for another try at updating the document.

    Efforts by the previous county board members to bring up to date the regulations that guide the development of subdivisions fell by the wayside, though they were still trying to get that done just before their terms ended.

  • Maroon Tide rides D to win

    After needing four overtimes and an unbelievable fourth-quarter explosion to come out with victories in its previous three games, Galax was finally able to breathe easy down the stretch.

    It’s a good thing defense never experiences a shooting slump.

    Galax managed just 23 first-half points two days after scoring 34 in one quarter, but the Maroon Tide relied on its defense to jump-start its offense in the third quarter Friday, racing away from Bland County for a 61-41 Mountain Empire District win, its eighth in a row.