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Today's News

  • Devils pull away from Galax, 10-4

    INDEPENDENCE –– Cell phone conversations among the spectators notwithstanding, folks in and around the Galax-Grayson County softball game probably had little idea what was going on among their baseball counterparts on the other side of the parking lot Friday. They need only pay attention to their own game to get a pretty good idea.

  • Frosh, 8-run rally lift GC

    INDEPENDENCE –– For the first time in what seemed like forever, it wasn’t raining Friday afternoon. The floodgates opened nonetheless.

    An eight-run deluge in the fifth inning broke open a one-run ballgame and boosted Grayson County to a 13-4 win in a highly-anticipated Mountain Empire District baseball game at the Grayson National Bank Baseball Complex.

  • Readers Hotline 4/20/15

    Unsightly trash
    I’m calling in reference to all the trash and garbage that has been thrown out of vehicles along Timberline Drive between U.S. 58 and Cranberry Road. It is a very unsightly mess and these people that are using it for a garbage disposal, it is not a secret garbage disposal place. These people should use a container or small bag in their vehicle to put their trash in and when they get home, put it in the garbage can. People should have respect for the elderly that have to get out there and clean it up.

  • Grayson school board chairman resigns

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Hobert Bailey, chairman of the Grayson County School Board, has resigned.

    Bailey has been a member of the board representing the Oldtown District for the past 16 years. He could not be reached for comment on Friday.

    School board member Wynn Combs made the motion to accept Bailey’s resignation at last Thursday night’s school board meeting. School board member Fred Weatherman seconded the motion, which was approved unanimously.

  • County gives schools $1 million, with conditions

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors proposed approving more than $1 million more in funding for schools than the state requires – but only if school officials meet several special requirements. County Administrator Jonathan Sweet unveiled the proposal for the coming fiscal year at an April 15 budget work session for supervisors.

  • Parents ask school chief to resign

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Tracy Anderson, representing the 500-plus-member Grayson Citizens for Better Schools, called for the resignation of Grayson County School Superintendent Kevin Chalfant during last Thursday’s regular school board meeting.

    The meeting was originally set for the library at the Independence Middle School, but was moved to the auditorium when the crowd swelled to around 300 people.

  • Meet the cast and crew of 'Some Enchanted Evening'

    “Some Enchanted Evening,” the 40th anniversary production and final performance by the Galax Theater Guild, opens April 23 at the Rex Theater, with two more shows on April 25 and 26.

    The production is a revue featuring the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, from Broadway musicals like “The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific,” “Oklahoma,” “The King and I” and more.

    The cast of the production includes:

  • VDOT hears road work requests in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Carroll County Board of Supervisors held a joint public hearing on April 13, to receive public comments on the proposed secondary highway six-year plan for 2015-16 through 2020-21; as well as the secondary system construction budget for 2015-16.

  • Parks charged with shooting into home

    A Galax man is charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling and malicious wounding after an incident in Grayson County on April 14.

    Grayson County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Noah Parks, 18, of 112 Middleton Street in Galax, for shooting into an occupied residence, according to a report from Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    The incident occurred at a mobile home on Carla Lane in the Fairview area at approximately 8:30 p.m.

  • Carroll budget proposal near $42M

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County citizens could be looking at a brand new series of tax rates this year, as county officials consider several tax changes to provide a balanced budget.

    Nikki Cannon, the county’s assistant administrator, presented the budget proposal at the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ Monday meeting. Recommendations for this year’s budget included a reduction in the county’s real estate tax rate, an increase in the machinery and tools and personal property tax rates and the elimination of the farm machinery tax.