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Today's News

  • Anderson is one of four candidates for board

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE —Tracy A. “Zeke” Anderson, one of four candidates campaigning to fill the Grayson County School Board’s at-large member seat, hopes to provide a voice for the students, parents and teachers in the Grayson County school system if he is elected.

  • Police: driver likely asleep at wheel before crash

    Staff Report

    CANA – A North Carolina man fell asleep at the wheel, resulting in a single vehicle crash in Cana on Oct. 26.

    According to Trooper S.M. Phillips with the Virginia State Police, authorities were dispatched to Route 52 at Route 927 (Split Rail Road) beside the Cana Rescue Building at 9:25 p.m.

    Phillips said that a 1997 Nissan pickup was traveling south when it ran off the righthand side of the road, overturned and came to rest in a field on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

  • Readers Hotline 10/31/16

    Smells too sweet
    I’m calling regarding women’s perfume. I was at a public meeting and a lady wore such strong perfume, I sat across the room and I could taste it. That is too strong. That is too much to wear. Please, be more considerate of people around you and people with allergies. Think twice before applying so much perfume.

    Reasons to leave

  • Davis seeks at-large seat on school board

    James Morgan Davis, a candidate in the four-way race for the Grayson County School Board’s at-large member seat, hopes to pay it forward to the citizens if he is chosen on Nov. 8.

  • Two indicted for murder in fatal dog mauling

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Two Grayson County residents were indicted on second-degree murder and other charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury last Friday.

    The charges involve the death of 15-month-old Payton Lyrik Sawyers, who was killed by the couple’s dog.

    John Terry Underwood II, 51, was indicted on three charges, including failure to contain a vicious dog resulting in serious human injury; abuse or child neglect; and murder in the second-degree.

  • Hillsville will buy two new police cars

    HILLSVILLE — The Town of Hillsville has approved a financing agreement with Carter Bank & Trust to buy two new police cars.

    The lease-purchase agreement, which has a 1.5 percent interest rate, is for $58,271 and will pay for two 2016 Dodge Chargers. The new cars will replace older vehicles.

    Town Manager Retta Jackson told town council members at their Oct. 24 meeting that this is the second phase of a new vehicle purchase for the police department. Hillsville bought two other cars in June, for a total of $57,000.

  • Health insurance costs on the rise

    Landmark News Service

    You’re signing up for health insurance, and you can’t help but ask: “Is everyone else paying through the nose?” Here’s a pain-sharing roundup of what surveys are showing:

    1. Is it just me, or are insurance costs going through the roof?

  • REMEMBER WHEN: Oct. 23-29

     

     

    2011

    *A miracle play kept Grayson County’s record perfect on the year in a 41-40 win over Fort Chiswell. Having led 39-21 in the fourth quarter, the Blue Devils trailed 40-39 when a Pioneer punt was blocked at the Fort 33 and shot backwards. A scramble for the ball finally ended in the Pioneer end zone and resulted in a safety. The finish set up a showdown between a pair of 9-0 teams the following week when Galax visited Grayson.

  • Cavs fall to Patriots; Tide drops two in conference play

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County celebrated Senior Night on Thursday. Fortunately, it turned into Senior-And-A-Half-Night, otherwise the festivities would have been concluded before everybody got their phones switched over to camera mode.

  • Area XC teams win titles

    Grayson County, Carroll County and Galax brought home a total of five individual and team titles Wednesday from their respective cross country conference championships at meets held in Martinsville, Hillsville and Bristol.

    Though the zip code places it in Hillsville, the Southwestern Virginia Training Center serves as the home course for Galax’s cross country team and the Maroon Tide defended its turf Wednesday, sweeping the individual titles and taking the girls’ team crown at the Conference 46 meet.