Today's News

  • Board accepts $1.1 million


    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board, after more than two months of haggling, finally accepted a $1.1 million supplement from the Grayson Board of Supervisors to help balance the 2015-2016 school budget during a special called meeting on June 17.
    The county funds will allow the school system to give teachers raises and reinstate the building trades class at the high school that was cut earlier this year because of a lack of funds. It will also pay for school resource officers.

  • Galax PD welcomes new police dog

    At the Monday, June 8 Galax City Council meeting, which is the last of this fiscal year, council took time to welcome Ajo, a 22-month old German shepherd, the new Galax Police Department’s dog.
    Ajo, presented by Sgt. Jacob Vaughan, is trained in drug detection, tracking and officer protection. Ajo came from the Four Winds Police Dog Centre, according to Chief Rick Clark, who helped introduce Ajo. “He’s a very, very valuable tool,” said Clark.

  • Picking out the banjo's place in music history

    American roots music was ignited by the collision of two cultures and their instruments — the fiddle from Northern Europe and the banjo from Africa.
    Like a flame traveling down a fuse, that spark lead to an explosion of unique sound that created the majority of American music heard today — old-time to bluegrass and folk; country and blues to rock ‘n roll; soul and R&B to hip-hop.

  • Seniors seek to better schools, community

    Seniors often look forward to leaving high school to make their marks on the world, but many in Galax High School’s class of 2015 worked to better their community in the months before they donned caps and gowns.
    This spring, seniors presented their projects to the Galax School Board.
    Jessica Berry started a book collection project, for each first and second grader at Galax Elementary School to receive a book.

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  • Former free clinic director indicted


    Latonia R. Marshall, former director of the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties, was indicted on charges of embezzlement by a grand jury in Carroll County this week.

    Marshall was charged with taking money from Baptist Medical Clinic, doing business as the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties.

    According to the indictments, Marshall allegedly disposed, concealed or embezzled more than $200 worth of property from the clinic.

  • Six charged in direct indictments

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Circuit Court has released 20 direct indictments against six individuals.

    The grand jury approved 28 direct indictments this week, however additional indictments will remain sealed until the individuals have been arrested.

    Included in the indictments are:

    • Sharon Lynn Lowery - making a false application for public assistance to the Carroll County Department of Social Services;

    • Latonia R. Marshall — four counts of embezzling

  • Galax carnival begins June 22

    This year’s Galax Fire Department Carnival will be held from June 22-27 in Felts Park.

    Gates open at 5 p.m. and the carnival and bingo will start at 6 p.m.

    Bingo will be held every night from 6 p.m. until closing, with a 50 percent payout each game. There will be a $1,000 championship game on June 27 for qualifying players.

    There will also be a $300 nightly cash drawing at 11 p.m. with one entry per paid adult gate ticket.

    Fireworks will be held on June 27 at 11 p.m.

  • Final ballot set for Grayson election

    INDEPENDENCE — June 9 was the deadline for candidates to file for this year’s November general election in Grayson County.

    The county now has a total of 23 candidates running for open seats in local government offices this year.

    Nominees this year include a fairly even mixture of incumbents and new faces. Some of the seats up for grabs this year include commonwealth’s attorney, treasurer, sheriff, clerk of court, as well as seats on the Grayson Board of Supervisors and the school board.

  • New flag rises as others are retired


    The Grayson County Friends of the Library celebrated Flag Day on June 14 with a flag raising ceremony at the Grayson County Public Library in Independence.