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Today's News

  • Grayson schools left with $500K deficit

    INDEPENDENCE – Dropping enrollment numbers in Grayson County have left the school system with a more than $500,000 deficit for the current budget, although the number was once roughly $1.1 million.

    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant updated the school board on the gap during the regular school board meeting this month and pointed out that while the number was once $1.1 million, the actual amount the division needs to cut is closer to $700,000.

  • Charity, business team up to feed 300

    In business, as in entertainment, a turkey is usually a failure — or at least something so awful nobody wants to touch it.

    Once you add a charity to the mix, however, it’s a success story.

    Hanks & Associates (Ameriprise of Galax) helped out with the food drive for God’s Storehouse Community Kitchen again this year; their effort went towards the Kitchen’s turkey dinner boxes for needy families over Thanksgiving.

  • Matt Jones murder trial begins

    INDEPENDENCE — April 15, 2013, was the last time Desia Rae George of Fries was seen alive.

    What happened to her remains a mystery, but testimony at the murder trial of her boyfriend, Matthew Steven Jones, 36, shed light on his activities that day.

    Witnesses testified on Wednesday that the defendant spent April 15 buying crack cocaine, arguing with George over money and telling her children that she had left home before packing them up and sending them to their grandparents.

  • State Line Rush off to 5-1 start

     The State Line Rush opened its season with five wins in its first six games, most recently winning two of three games at the VHSAA Shootout at the Galax Recreation Center

    State Line 71, Front Royal 46: The Rush coupled a strong start with a strong finish and wrapped up a 2-1 run in the VHSAA Shootout Saturday afternoon in Galax.

  • PLAYOFF PRIMER - Week 2

    Have game, will travel (take 2)

    Some hefty road trips once again are in store for a few teams in this week’s second-round playoff games, topped by Buckingham County’s 268-mile, 4 hour and 31-minute trip to Gate City.

  • PH rebels against old guard

    When the Region 1A West playoff pairings were officially announced the weekend following the conclusion of the regular season, the greater part of Galax’s football fan base probably looked ahead to the second round, where there appeared to be an imminent rematch with Clintwood, a first crack at the team that denied the Maroon Tide a state championship back in 2011’s Division 1 title game.

  • Readers Hotline 11/19/14

    Carolina got it right
    It’s a shame the Virginia voters haven’t found out the reality like the North Carolina voters did and voted out Democrats and put Republicans in power. You keep throwing good money after bad, or either the freeloaders and dead people are voting.

    Charge disputed

  • Parents: attendance policy not reasonable

    INDEPENDENCE – Changes are needed to the Grayson County School Division’s attendance policy, according to a set of parents who feel like their right to decide whether to send their children to school has been taken away from them.

    Amy and Timothy Donley – parents of two Grayson County students – both approached the school board during its regular meeting this month to request the division to take a look at its attendance policy and consider some updates.

  • Thieves take bait, steal ATV with tracking device

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    WHITETOP — Two men have been arrested after they allegedly took an all-terrain vehicle that was being used as bait by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.

    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said after several ATVs were stolen in the western end of Grayson County in the spring, his officers came up with a plan to catch the thieves. Suspects in those cases were arrested and are still in custody, but officers kept the bait ATV in the field.

  • Police using Facebook to find fugitives

    HILLSVILLE — Local authorities are partnering with the community through social media to locate and apprehend criminals on a number of offenses, ranging from failure to appear in court to violent criminal acts.