Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 5/29/17


  • Volunteer EMS recruitment, retention a challenge

    How did the Twin Counties celebrate National EMS Week, May 21-27? Well, at the hospital they celebrated it with a cookout and a training session for EMS workers.

    How did EMS volunteers celebrate? Probably by working.

    911 Coordinator Jolena Young is proud of the local emergency medical services agencies, but says she has some concern regarding their continuation — not because of their performance, but because recruiting and retaining volunteer personnel is becoming difficult in today’s employment and economic climate.

  • 5K run will benefit Bartlett scholarship

    HILLSVILLE – A 5K run and walk will be held in Hillsville in June to honor Deputy Curtis Bartlett, who was killed in a line of duty vehicle crash on March 9.

    The event will benefit the Deputy Curtis Bartlett Memorial Scholarship Fund.

    The 5K will be held June 3 in downtown Hillsville, beginning at 9 a.m.

  • Primaries will decide local, state candidates

    INDEPENDENCE — Absentee voting is open through June 10 for this year’s Republican and Democratic primary elections on June 13.

    Absentee ballots will be accepted through the 10th, and applications for absentee ballots will be accepted through June 6.

    Voters can only vote for their choice candidates in one of the primaries.

  • Recreation project planned in Fries

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board has approved a five-year lease for a portion of property behind Fries School, which includes the old tennis courts.

    The lease, which the board approved during its May 15 meeting, will jump-start a project pioneered by Steve Clark and his wife, Eileen Colonna, who approached the board earlier this year with a proposal for a series of outdoor games. The site, which is located between the New River and the New River Trail, is no longer used and is currently in poor condition.

  • Gun control and the Virginia governor's race

    Landmark News Service

    Jeanette Richardson was at a neighbor’s house for a New Year’s Eve party in 2004 when she heard gunshots.

    She returned home to find that her 18-year-old son, Patrick Wyatt McKinley, had been shot to death in the street. The gunman had been attending a party elsewhere in the neighborhood, and neither she nor her son knew him.

    But he attacked her son, home on break from college in Florida, after the teenager asked one of the gunman’s friends to move his car from in front of their house.

  • Galax school spending questioned

    A stringent cross-examination of the Galax school system’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year led the May 8 Galax City Council meeting.

    A public hearing for the budget was the first item under old business; there were no public speakers.

    The $15.1 million school budget — with $3.99 million in local operating funds and no debt service — was passed by all council members who were present. John Garner was absent.

  • Car flips on Elkhorn, minor driver injured

    A single-vehicle wreck last on May 17 at 7 p.m. on Elkhorn Road in Galax left the driver with only minor injuries but the car flipped over, according to Virginia State Trooper K.D. Blackburn.

    A 2000 Ford Mustang, driven by a minor, was traveling on Elkhorn when the driver caught up to a slower-moving vehicle. The Mustang corrected left, overcorrected to the right, ran off the road, struck a sign and rotated, struck an Appalachian Power pole on the passenger’s side, then rotated back around, rolled onto its top and came to a stop.

  • Readers Hotline 5/24/17

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  • Who are the worst drivers on the road?

    A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that young millennials are the riskiest drivers – but none of us is really setting a good example.

    According to the study, almost 90 percent of young millennials – defined as those between the ages of 19-24 — engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days, earning the top spot of worst behaved drivers in the U.S.