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Today's News

  • Blue Devils pick up steam

    INDEPENDENCE –– These guys have found something.

    After an 0-5 start, Grayson County won its second straight game Friday night at Bill Strong Field and used the same formula that has seen the Blue Devils play  well for three weeks straight, this time resulting in a 32-6 homecoming win over Bland County.

    Getting the O-fer off their backs has been nice, said Blue Devil coach Brett McPherson.

  • Carroll couple makes history after ban lifted

    Virginia became a new wedding destination for same-sex couples on Oct. 6, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeals of same-sex marriage court rulings in Virginia that declared the ban on same sex marriages unconstitutional. In the days that followed, Carroll County saw a significant amount of activity, as well as continued debates on the topic.

  • Fries will help church with flood damage

    FRIES — The town of Fries is working with Pastor Lee Thomas of Fries United Methodist Church to control flood damage to the church building that has been caused by heavy rains.

    During Fries Town Council’s Oct. 7 meeting, Mayor Richard Farmer requested an update on the situation from Thomas, who had approached council earlier in the year with the problem.

    Thomas presented a plan to the board that involved digging a ditch to divert the path of rainwater from the building.

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  • Governor sets up Ebola 'command group'

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Commonwealth is taking additional steps to strengthen the level of preparedness for the Ebola virus by mobilizing a statewide unified command group. This group is responsible for coordinating resources and personnel.

  • Rooftop of Va. launches annual toy drive

    Local businesses have an opportunity to help kids in need and create good public relations at the same time.

    Rooftop of Virginia’s Community Action Program has begun its annual drive for its Toy Shop and requests items suitable for children 0-18 years of age, but they’re also seeking businesses to participate in their donation box programs.

  • Austinville woman injured in wreck, trapped for 12 hours

    AUSTINVILLE — An Austinville woman was admitted to a hospital Oct. 16 after a single-vehicle accident that trapped her in her vehicle with injuries for 12 hours, state police said.

    Police were notified at 2:40 p.m. last Thursday of a vehicle over the side of the mountain along Stoots Mountain Road in Austinville.

    Responding officers and rescue teams found Carolyn K. Stephens, 44, trapped in a 2010 Ford Expedition over the side of the mountain.

  • Deer crashes through Galax store window

    A deer apparently tried to help the Stringbean Coffee Shop get a drive-thru window this Monday morning, joked Derrick Davis, the shop’s owner.

    Around 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 13, a deer that is believed to have been struck by a vehicle in Galax ran from Oldtown Street to South Main Street, where the Stringbean is located. The deer then ran into the storefront’s glass window and shattered it before running away.

    No humans were hurt, as the shop was running late that morning and had not yet opened for business. The incident left the shop temporarily closed.

  • Grayson tightens school food rules

    INDEPENDENCE – Students can now be excluded from extra-curricular activities in Grayson County if their cafeteria debt isn’t taken care of.

    Grayson School Board members voted this month to pass a new charge and collections policy for debt that has gotten out of hand.

    The division’s Director of Personnel, Judy Greear, approached the board during its regular meeting in September to discuss what she called a “spiraling problem” over the last few years – debt in the cafeterias.

  • Carroll to upgrade school security

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Schools has received nearly $100,000 in school security equipment grants.

    The grant awards are part of a $6 million grant disbursement approved by Gov. Terry McAuliffe in September. According to a news release, the grant funds were split to assist 100 school divisions in the state, as well as six regional education programs. Funds will help buy video monitoring systems, direct communications links between schools and law enforcement agencies and other security upgrades in 373 schools and other buildings.