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Today's News

  • N.C. 89 closed for curve work

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) said on Monday that it has shut down N.C. 89 near Lowgap for two weeks.

    The road is scheduled to reopen June 29.

    The closure was postponed last month to allow students and teachers to continue using their regular routes to school.

  • Grayson increases school lunch prices

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County students will pay more for their lunch next year, but not by much – just a nickel.

    Stephanie Munsey, food service coordinator, told the school board at its June 8 meeting that the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires that school systems annually review paid meal prices.

  • Half the drama, twice the hardware

    RADFORD –– Nine members of the Galax high school boys’ soccer team graduated Saturday morning. The suddenly-former GHS students still had one more course to repeat that afternoon before calling it a day.

    Galax tidied up a bit of early postgraduate work at Radford University’s Cupp Stadium, thoroughly dismantling Washington and Lee 8-2 and winning its second straight Group 1A state championship.

  • First time, second to none

    LYNCHBURG –– To the discerning reader, a box score can carry a wealth of information. With a bit of help from the mind’s eye, two inches of small print can paint a pretty basic picture of how a particular game played out.

  • Readers Hotline 6/15/15

    Postal workings
    I was reading Mr. Morton’s [letter about] the post office. That’s just the typical company run by the government. I agree with him. That’s the reason FedEx and UPS is killing them on delivery times and pickups and everything else. You can’t expect any more out of them. They are run by the government. It’s your tax dollars at work.

  • Teacher cuts hurting students

    Dear Grayson County School Board, I am 16 and my best friend is a teacher.

    I met her when I was in seventh grade at Piney Creek Elementary School in Alleghany County, N.C. We are two extremely different people, but there is something in her that turns on lights when my dark is too deep to see any further ahead.

    I was scorekeeper for her as she coached the girls basketball team. While on the team activity bus, other girls sat with their friends, but I sat in the front seat, next to her.

  • Grayson offers schools $1.1M again

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has once again offered the county school system a $1.1 million supplement to balance its fiscal year 2016 budget.

    Should the school board accept it, the money would allow the system to give teachers raises and reinstate a building trades program that was cut due to funding shortages, as well as cover expenditures that will carry forward, settle debt and pay for school resource officers.

  • Commerce park receives $1.75M grant

    The Virginia Tobacco Commission has awarded a fifth “megasite” grant for the Wildwood Commerce Park in the amount of $1.75 million.

    This grant award follows earlier tobacco commission grants totaling $12.3 million for the purchase and development of Wildwood, a regional commerce park at Interstate 77’s Exit 19 in Carroll County that has been under development for several years.

    Megasite projects are defined as those that should generate at least 400 jobs and $250 million in private investment.

  • Driver injured, charged in Poplar Knob crash

    At approximately 8:15 p.m. on May 27, Galax police responded to a report of a vehicle overturned on Poplar Knob Road just east of Country Club Lane, according to Capt. James Cox.

    A 1983 Ford F-150 pickup, operated by Mitchell Eugene Robinson, 50, of Mount Airy, N.C., was traveling west on Poplar Knob, said Cox.

    The vehicle left the right side of the highway on a curve, crossed into the eastbound lane and overturned.

    Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $8,000.

  • Dump truck crashes through I-77 guardrail

    A single-vehicle accident on Interstate 77 southbound at 2:09 p.m. June 11 left the driver with only mild injuries, said Virginia State Trooper S.E. Kinney.

    The accident took place near the North Carolina line when a 1994 Ford dump truck, driven by Timothy D. Griffin, 44, of Mount Airy, N.C., ran off the right side of the road and crashed into a guardrail, Kinney said.