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Today's News

  • Grayson reworks debt plan

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County narrowly missed its window to pay off some long-standing loans in a debt reduction plan, but there could still be some silver lining to the situation, according to County Administrator Jonathan Sweet.
    “Good deeds don’t go unpunished, and unfortunately the debt reduction plan may be one of those deeds,” Sweet told the Grayson County Board of Supervisors during its final budget work session on June 4. “The plan was great, but the timeliness was off by about a month.”

  • Leaf & String features music, books and art

    The annual Galax Leaf & String Festival in downtown Galax highlights the best our region has to offer, from music and literature to dance, art and crafts.
    This year’s festival is June 13-14. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Riverside wreck victim airlifted

    UPDATED: The Galax-Grayson EMS, Virginia State Police, Galax Fire Department and Grayson Sheriff's Office all responded to a one-vehicle accident on Riverside Drive in Grayson County at around 2:45 p.m. Monday.

    The vehicle's male driver was the sole victim involved, according to Virginia State Trooper Jessie Tilson.

  • Readers' Hotline 6/9/14

    Hot dog
    This is for the woman who reached in my car on Memorial Day, unlocked it, took my dog and called the police. I was only in the store 10 minutes, if that long. You were a liar when you told the officer I was in there for over 45 minutes. If he had been any kind of an officer, he would have charged you with stealing. Too bad the dog didn’t bite one of your fingers off. Maybe that would have taught you a lesson not to steal or go into other people’s vehicles.

    Gone with the wind

  • Carroll plans for worst case scenario

    The clock is ticking… and yet the Commonwealth still hasn’t passed a state budget. Localities have moved past being antsy about the situation at this point, and with less than a month to go before the state passes their deadline, local governments are scrambling to come up with a plan B.
    David Hutchins, chairman of the Carroll County supervisors, called a special meeting on June 2 so that the board and other county officials could discuss implications of moving into the summer months with no state budget.

  • 3 charged in connection with meth lab

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police have charged three people in connection with a meth lab on Coon Ridge Road in Carroll County.
    The department received a tip about suspicious purchases related to the manufacturing of meth, and obtained a search warrant for 1347 Coon Ridge Road after midnight on May 28, according to state police Sgt. M.T. Conroy.

  • D-DAY, PART 2: A Day Like No Other
  • Galax house lost to fire

    The Galax Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 440 Poplar Knob Road off of Country Club Lane at approximately 3 p.m. on June 4.

  • Fries needs clear plan for future

    Recently, Fries Town Council was encouraged to revisit a master plan that it had previously developed for the town’s revitalization… and we couldn’t agree more.
    In recent years, small towns have seen their share of economic downfall, and Fries is no exception. A place of history and an ideal spot for outdoor recreation, the area has a lot of promise. But over the years, the area’s redevelopment seems to have, quite frankly, ground to a halt.

  • Pair of one-hit wonders

    BRISTOL –– Honaker catcher and Yale-bound scholar Jacob Mitchell called it one of the single greatest individual performances he has ever seen. The future Ivy Leaguer needed to be a little more specific. His superlative could have fit a couple of different guys.