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Today's News

  • Galax men, two others, killed in Kentucky crash

    BOURBON COUNTY, Ky. — A two-vehicle collision killed four people last Friday afternoon in Bourbon County, Ky., including two men from Galax. Javier Henriquez, 22, and Julio Barrios, 38, both of Galax, died at the scene.

    For more, read the story HERE in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

  • Grayson helps fund Oak Hall expansion

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County has agreed to provide up to $615,000 for upgrades to the old Robertshaw building in Independence as the town looks to welcome a production facility for Oak Hall Cap & Gown later this year.

    Deputy County Administrator Mitch Smith – filling in for County Administrator Jonathan Sweet during this month’s board meeting – brought the memorandum of understanding to supervisors for approval.

  • Even in best case, Carroll schools will cut jobs

    HILLSVILLE — Due to a drastic drop in enrollment, the Carroll County School Board has passed a budget for the 2015-2016 school year that could result in the loss of up to 19 positions in the school system.

  • Maple Festival kicks off Grayson's busy season

    WHITETOP — The annual Whitetop Maple Festival will launch Grayson’s 2015 festival season, which continues throughout the summer and into the winter season, with over 38 events to choose from.

    The Maple Festival is March 28-29 in the county’s highlands. It begins at Mount Rogers School (11245 Highlands Parkway, Whitetop) at 8 a.m. each day. Enjoy a pancake breakfast with genuine maple syrup, tapped fresh from the highest peaks in Virginia.

  • Readers Hotline 3/25/15

    Hit reset
    It’s our own fault Grayson County.... for believing ... leadership can do what it takes to move our public schools into the future. Here we are, millions of dollars in the red, getting rid of teachers and no clue what the future of our children’s schools will look like. We need to clean house in central office and hit the reset button.

    Chiming in

  • Public record for 3/25/15 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.
    The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Aug. 29, 2014-Sept. 15, 2014, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Hillsville names Yonce new police chief

    HILLSVILLE — After eight months of searching for the right candidate to wear the Hillsville police chief’s badge, the town council finally traced their steps right back to where they started.

    Deliberations ran late into the evening at Monday’s Hillsville Town Council meeting. After more than two hours in closed session, members reconvened at 10:10 p.m. to announce that Wesley Yonce, who served the department as interim chief for the past eight months, had been picked to fill the position permanently.

  • Readers Hotline 3/23/15

    Wants to donate

  • Willing Partners to close store in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE— Freezing and flooding over the winter have resulted in the decision to close the Willing Partners thrift shop in Independence, according to Executive Director Kathy Cooley.

    The local nonprofit organization has served the area for more than 15 years with thrift stores in Galax and Independence and a food bank. The thrift stores have provided supplemental revenue for the ministry to operate the food bank and provide crisis intervention to families in need.

  • Attendance policy changes coming in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE – After months of discussions between parents, school board members and administrators, it appears changes are on the horizon for Grayson County’s student attendance policy for next year.

    The topic has been debated since last November, when a family with children in Grayson County schools brought the board members concerns over a threat of legal action from the division.

    Vice Chairman Shannon Holdaway led the charge from the board’s perspective and continued to push administrators to make the changes necessary.