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Today's News

  • Carroll names top teachers for 2016

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County has announced the finalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year. Recognized at the November regular monthly meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, 10 teachers were nominated, one from each school in the county. The winner will be announced at the board’s December meeting.

    The teachers included in this year’s list range in specialties and experience and all have shown dedication to their students throughout their different methods of teaching.

    Nominated teachers include:

  • Grayson initiative promotes vocational education

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors recently held a special meeting at the Grayson County High School’s Career and Technical Education Center to discuss potential programs that could assist in workforce development and job opportunities for students.

  • Woman stabbed in Hillsville

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – A Galax woman has been hospitalized and a man is in custody following a stabbing that occurred in Hillsville on Tuesday night.

    According to a news release from Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce, officers were dispatched at approximately 10:15 p.m. on Nov. 22 to Apartment #6 at 843 West Stuart Drive for a possible stabbing.

  • Audit: Virginia vulnerable to fraud

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND —Mismanagement and lax oversight at the state’s primary agency for spurring business expansion have left Virginia vulnerable to fraud for more than two decades, according to an audit released this month.

  • Wind downs power line, causing fire

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a power line down and transformer on fire at 1163 Edmonds Road on Nov. 20 at 9:10 p.m.

    “The major concern with the wind was the potential for this to start a brush fire,” explained Galax Fire Capt. Mike Ayers. “While en route, dispatch notified members that they had received a second call for another line down across the road on a vehicle. Members put out a small grass fire started from one of the lines and isolated the areas until AEP arrived.”

  • Readers Hotline 11/23/16

    On the air
    I want to thank AM radio station 1360 for continuing to have some of our religious programs during weekdays and also for giving out the local obituaries twice a day.

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  • Fries students soak up New River knowledge

    Staff Report

    Ms. Blankenship’s 7th graders at Fries School joined Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC) staff at the New River for a day of aquatic study on Nov. 11.

    Students rotated through stations set up along the river just below the school and participated in citizen science activities.

  • Court opens five sealed indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments have been opened charging five Grayson County residents.

    The indictments were sealed by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met Oct. 28. They were opened after warrants were served on those named. Indictments included:

    • John Terry Kelly, 64, of Independence, one count of possession of ammunition after having been convicted of a felony.

  • Galax could connect to natural gas service

    With the recent purchase of Carroll County’s natural gas system by a private company, the City of Galax is poised to benefit from the utility’s expansion.

    City Manager Keith Barker informed Galax City Council at its Nov. 14 meeting that he had spoken to John Ebert of Appalachian Natural Gas.

    “It’s been about a year since ANG purchased the Carroll County system,” said Barker. “And with that, we’re awarded the rights to bring natural gas to Galax and Grayson County, with a five-year sunset clause on that agreement.”

  • High Country Lights to shine again in Galax

    Staff Reports

    The High Country Lights are returning to Felts Park in Galax this year with plenty of shimmering holiday pageantry, according to Parks & Recreation Director Dave Nelson.

    “We are pleased to announce that William Bottomley has agreed to bring his Christmas light show back to Felts Park for the 2016 season,” said Nelson. “The show will begin on Thanksgiving Night and run through Jan. 2.”