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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 7/17/17

    No answer
    It’s amazing that when a controversial decision is made in Grayson County like firing a coach, you can’t get the superintendent or the school board members’ phones to work. You call and you call and you can’t get an answer. Someone needs to call the phone company and fix the phones up there in Independence.

    Not fair

  • BBQ contest fires up this week in Galax

    Staff Report

    The 13th annual Smoke on the Mountain Virginia State BBQ Championship will be held July 21-22 in downtown Galax, hosted by the City of Galax and the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

    The event is Virginia’s official barbecue cookoff.

  • Great Race team wins division

    Staff Report

    The Crooked Road Racers once again went to the Great Race, leaving on June 21 and returning on July 3 after capturing a first-place win in the X-Cup Division and 44th place overall, according to native Galax racer Tom Littrell.

    The X-Cup Division involves youth navigators with an adult driver.

    The Galax team was also the first place X-Cup team in the pre-race event called the Trophy Run. It is a preliminary race held around the start city the day before the actual competition begins.

  • Andrews will plead guilty to fraud

    ABINGDON – A Carroll County businessman accused of fraud will plead guilty in federal court this week.

    According to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, Jones Keith Andrews, owner of the bankrupt Andrews Farming Inc. and the still operating ANDCO Logistics, will plead guilty to charges against him.

    Andrews will appear in court on July 20 at 1:30 p.m. to plead guilty to one count of obstructing the lawful function of the Internal Revenue Service, failure to collect or pay taxes and bankruptcy fraud.

  • Suspect in deputy's fatal crash waives hearing

    HILLSVILLE – The man facing charges related to the crash that killed a Carroll County deputy has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors and his two felony charges will go to a grand jury.

    Joseph Alan Lambert, 21, of Goodview, was being pursued by Carroll County authorities on the night of March 9. Deputy Curtis Bartlett was on his way to join the pursuit for Lambert, answering fellow deputies’ calls for help, when his patrol vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer. He died at the scene.

  • 10th annual 'Praisin' In The Park' underway

    Staff Report

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of “Praisin’ In the Park,” which started Sunday night and continues through Wednesday, 6-8:30 each night in Felts Park.

    The event, put on by Cornerstone Community Church and other local churches and businesses, creates a family-friendly, Christian environment for fun and worship.

  • Don't let political burnout keep you from staying informed

    It has been eight months since the events of last year’s presidential election, and probably even longer since most of us have made it through a quiet morning of checking emails and reading news articles without seeing something questionable related to our nation’s politics.

    There’s no doubt, no matter which side you take in the argument, that our nation is divided right now; and those who are not still angry towards either the left or right side (or both sides) may have fallen into a bit of a slump when it comes to staying informed.

  • Changes coming to Cana rescue services

    CANA – Carroll County will utilize a mixture of paid and volunteer workers as part of a plan to enhance emergency medical services in the Cana area.

    County Administrator Steve Truitt said Wednesday that Carroll has been investigating options to reorganize its deployment of county EMS to improve the level of service and response times.

    “A particular focus of the new plan is the southern region of the county, ‘below the mountain,’ including Cana and other nearby communities,” Truitt said.

  • Citizens speak in support of coach

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – More than 100 people turned out at the Grayson County School Board meeting Monday night in support of Charles Campbell, who was not renewed as the assistant varsity baseball coach during the board’s June meeting.

    Because of the large crowd, the meeting was moved from the Grayson County Courthouse Board of Supervisors meeting room to the auditorium at Grayson County High School.

  • Faulkner is region's top EMS provider

    FRIES — Chrystal Faulkner, captain of Fries Volunteer Fire and Rescue and an employee of Galax-Grayson EMS, was recently named Regional EMS Provider of the Year by the Southwest Virginia Emergency Medical Service Council.

    As the winner, Faulkner also is a contender for State EMS Provider of the Year.

    Faulkner received the award during a picnic and awards ceremony in Marion on June 17, where 11 others were also recognized. She was nominated for the award by one of her peers, Tammie Hyatt.