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Today's News

  • Hillsville man charged for guns, drugs, child porn

    HILLSVILLE – A Hillsville man faces an array of charges after an investigation involving the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

    According to a news release, the Hillsville Police Department arrested Christopher Garry Brown, 43, of John Edwards Lane, with assistance from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 13.

  • Maroon Tide, Cavaliers falter in league matches

    Chilhowie seized control early in all three sets and swept Galax 3-0 in a Conference 46 volleyball match Thursday night.

    The Maroon Tide battled back in each of the first two sets but wasn’t able to avoid the 25-20, 25-21, 25-16 defeat.

    Consecutive kills by the Warriors’ Rachel Hurley helped sustain a 6-0 run for Chilhowie (11-6) as Galax (7-10) fell behind 10-3 in the opening set.

  • Huge 3rd lifts Cougars past Cavs

    DUBLIN – The Carroll County Cavaliers faced off against one of the powerhouses of the River Ridge District Friday and when the smoke cleared, the Cougars handed the Cavaliers a 50-7 setback at Joel Hicks Field.

  • Another Tide back runs into the record books

    NARROWS –– Over the past three football seasons, Galax put three different runningbacks into the Virginia High School League’s record book for the obscene amounts of rushing yardage each piled up. None of them did what the Maroon Tide’s Dougie Peoples did Friday.

  • Devil upset bid falls short

    MAX MEADOWS – October surprises normally pertain to election year politics. Grayson County nearly pulled one on the football field.

    Fort Chiswell vetoed a Blue Devil two-point conversion attempt with 1:07 remaining and survived Grayson’s upset bid, escaping with a 14-13 Mountain Empire District win Friday at a blustery C.F. McKinney Field.

  • Trail work underway in Independence

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Phase II construction of the Grayson County Enhancement Trail is nearly complete, as workers continue to connect the sidewalk from Nautilus Way Road to Industrial Lane in East Independence.

    The construction crew, King General Contractors Inc., is scheduled to complete the project by Dec. 1, according to Elaine Holeton, project manager and Grayson’s director of planning and community development.

  • Galax explains new stormwater fee

    City Engineer Edwin Ward’s recent public presentation on Galax’s new stormwater ordinance and fee was lightly attended, but the meeting was informative about what it means to citizens and businesses.

    While detailed, Ward’s presentation explained simply the general need for stormwater management: “[it] is undertaken to prevent increased soil erosion damage as a result of increased and concentrated stormwater runoff from property development.”

  • State will lay out plans for training center closing

    HILLSVILLE – Citizens will have the opportunity to voice their concerns regarding the closure of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center, when members of the state’s Senate Finance Committee hold a public hearing at the mental health facility in Hillsville on Oct. 28.

    According to Maria Reppas, communications director with the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, members of a special joint subcommittee with the Senate Finance Committee will be hosting the event at the center.

  • Scammers get political with survey con

    The Better Business Bureau warns to steer clear of political polling calls that promise gift cards in exchange for taking a voter survey. Survey cons are common, but the U.S. presidential campaign gives scammers a timely elections twist.

    The BBB explains how the scam works. You get a call from someone claiming to be conducting a political survey. The pollster wants to ask you questions about the upcoming presidential election. In exchange for a few minutes of your time and your opinions, you will get a gift card or other reward.

  • Grant pays for school security measures

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools will use a $66,464 School Security Equipment Grant from the state to pay for new security equipment at four facilities.

    New equipment was requested in applications for Grayson County High School, Grayson County High Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center, Grayson Highlands School and Independence Middle School.