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Today's News

  • Benish on ballot for school board seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Dr. Robert Benish will appear on the ballot again this year during a special election on Nov. 8 to fill the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board.

    The winner of this year’s election will serve out the remainder of Tim “T.T.” Carico’s unexpired term, which ends Dec. 31, 2019. Carico, who won the seat in last year’s election, died from injuries sustained in an ATV accident in July.

    Benish was a candidate in the 2015 election, as well.

  • Driver leads police on I-77 chase

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A Georgia woman was charged with multiple offenses after a short police chase on Interstate 77 in Carroll County.

    According to Trooper C.H. Campbell with the Virginia State Police, Jammie Lee Aughenbaugh, 28, of Gary, Ga., was traveling south on I-77 on Oct. 21. Around 1 a.m., Campbell said he clocked Aughenbaugh near Exit 19 for excessive speed, with a radar reading of 92 MPH in a 65 MPH zone.

  • Return of the 'Parasite'

    There was a time when Frank Levering of Cana was more than just a stage director, playwright and orchard owner.

    There was a time when he made a monster.

    This Saturday night, that creature crawls out of cinematic obscurity to terrify audiences again, as the Friends of the Sidna Allen House hosts a fundraiser featuring a screening of “Parasite,” co-written by Levering.

    The movie will be shown at the historic Rex Theater in Galax on Oct. 29.

  • Independence man dies in motorcycle wreck

    Virginia State Police have confirmed that an Independence man died Oct. 25 from injuries received in a motorcycle accident on Pleasant Grove Road in Grayson County.

    State police received a 911 call and responded to the scene of a single vehicle fatality that occurred at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday on Route 698 (Pleasant Grove Road), three-tenths of a mile south of U.S. 58 (Grayson Parkway).

  • Arson ruled out as cause of fire

    A structure fire on Tower Road at 1:53 p.m. Tuesday in Galax destroyed an outbuilding and burnt trees and brush adjacent to it.

    “It was an outbuilding storing car parts, lawnmowers and things like that,” said Chief David Hankley of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, which responded. “We don’t know what started it. The homeowner’s son was home and heard a noise, which sounded like a boom. He looked outside, and the building was on fire.”

    There were no injuries.

  • Clinton leads Trump 47-38 in latest Va. poll

    Landmark News Service

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has a lead over Republican contender Donald Trump in Virginia, where she appears to be well ahead in the population centers of Hampton Roads, the Richmond area and northern Virginia, according to a poll commissioned by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

  • Local creators are guests at NRCC Comic Con 3

    DUBLIN — If you’re interested in comics and/or classic cars, New River Community College in Dublin is the place to be on Saturday.

    NRCC’s third annual comic con will be held at 117 Edwards Hall and is sponsored by the library. A new event, sponsored by the automotive technology department, will feature classic cars at a “Campus Cruise-In” in parking lots G and H. Both events will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are family-friendly, open to the public and free of charge.

  • Readers Hotline 10/26/16

    Not friendly
    I am calling about a male worker for the Town of Hillsville that is unfriendly. You look at him and speak and he looks at you like you are crazy. The mayor of Hillsville is very friendly but there are certain other males that are very unfriendly. Get a personality.

    Down on liars

  • Carroll to name bridges after sheriffs killed in line of duty

    Two police officers were honored by having bridges named in their memory at the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ Oct. 17 meeting, pending approval from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

    The cost of plaques for the bridges will be investigated between this meeting and the next.

  • Galax school security grant pays for cameras

    Galax City Schools is receiving a grant from the Virginia Department of Education of up to $100,000, with a 25 percent funding match, according to Coordinator of Support Services Jeff Sharpe, who applied for the grant.

    He is being assisted throughout the process by the school system’s Technology Coordinator Matthew Cornett.

    The grant will be used to buy digital security cameras to replace the existing ones at Galax middle and high schools, with more cameras overall and more of them placed outside, said Sharpe.