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Today's News

  • Old plant could grow into 'food hub'

    INDEPENDENCE — Robert Smith, representing Grayson LandCare, approached Independence Town Council at its June 10 meeting about the possibility of leasing the old Robert Shaw building.

    Town council bought the former manufacturing plant building in March 2012.

    Smith told council members that the number of food growers in Southwest Virginia has expanded enough to warrant the hiring of support personnel to provide logistics, facilities and marketing to take advantage of economics of scale, shared capital equipment and wholesale buyers.

  • U.S. 58 project moving forward

    LAUREL FORK — Vehicles will be driving on new sections of U.S. 58 in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties by the end of 2014.

    Branch Highways is entering its third season of construction on the widening 58 project in Laurel Fork, said Pete Copes, general superintendent of Branch Highways Inc., which is under contract with the Virginia Department of Transportation to widen the 8.2 mile section.

  • Local team competes in Great Race

    “The Crooked Road Racers” sounds like a forgotten team from 1971’s “Cannonball Run,” but it isn’t. Led by Galax dentist Dr. Tom Littrell in a 1928 Model-A Ford Roadster highboy, they’re competing in the Great Race, a controlled-speed endurance road rally by vintage, antique and collector cars.

  • Local facility a model market

    The Southwest Virginia Farmers Market has been a main focus of Carroll County for years.
    This has obviously paid off, judging from the reaction it got from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials when they visited the Twin Counties earlier this month.
    Nothing but good things were heard about the market on June 17, when the group took a tour of the main market and the cannery.

  • Galax schools look at grading, class weighting

    Galax City Public Schools is looking at changing the way classes are graded and weighted.

    At the June 10 school board meeting, Dr. Patricia Sebens of the Galax High School guidance department addressed the board in a discussion about the changes.

    “Instead of [the current method of] weighting classes where we give an extra point for classes, we would use the names of the classes to indicate that,” said Sebens. “Colleges would be able to see from the name itself that it was a more rigorous class.”

  • Rabies case reported in Grayson

    The Mount Rogers Health District reports that a local resident is receiving treatment for rabies following exposure to a rabid fox in Grayson County.

    The report does not identify the person.

    According to the report issued this week, the Grayson County Health Department received lab confirmation of rabies on June 12.

    In addition to the human victim, the report says a dog that fought with the fox has been given a rabies booster and will be under observation. The dog was up-to-date on its rabies vaccination.

  • Comcast will remain local cable TV provider

    Comcast will remain the cable TV provider for customers in Galax and surrounding areas, despite an earlier announcement that the company would have to get out of the market to avoid a monopoly situation.

    Comcast recently merged with Time Warner Cable.

    Customers in the Roanoke Designated Market Area (DMA), which includes the Twin Counties region, will remain with Comcast, said Russell Byrd, the company’s senior director of government affairs, in a phone interview Tuesday.

  • Three tractor-trailers involved in I-77 wrecks

    FANCY GAP — A tractor-trailer jackknifed around the southbound 2.4-mile marker on Interstate 77 Tuesday afternoon during heavy rain, causing another wreck involving two more tractor-trailers immediately after, according to Virginia State Police.

    Trooper F.M. Cochran reported that a 2013 Freightliner driven by Bobby Gray Smith of North Carolina hit the guardrail and went into the median, partly blocking both lanes. There were no injuries.

  • Two airlifted from motorcycle wreck

    WOODLAWN - Two people were airlifted from the scene of a motorcycle accident on Thursday afternoon on Rt. 58 in Woodlawn.

    According to a police report from Virginia State Trooper C.M. Delp, a driver and one passenger were traveling on a 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle, when a deer ran out in front of the vehicle at approximately 1:25 p.m. that afternoon.

    The accident occurred approximately 211 feet east of Route 787, only one tenth of a mile west of Hawks Carpet.

  • Sebert Sisson, former Hillsville mayor, dies at 97

    HILLSVILLE — Sebert Sisson, the former mayor of Hillsville and a citizen who was always heavily involved with bettering his community, passed away on June 23 at the age of 97.

    Hillsville Town Council members took a moment to remember Sisson at their meeting that evening, just after they had heard about his passing.

    Council Member Greg Yonce asked those in attendance to keep Sisson’s family in their prayers. In February, Yonce selected Sisson and wife, Ruth, as his choice for the town’s Citizen of the Month award.