Today's News

  • Firefighters respond to backseat blaze

    According to Capt. Matthew Adams, the Independence Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a car fire on Grayson Parkway last week.

    On arrival, crews found a fire under the rear of the car and in the back seat area.

    Three fire trucks and 13 firefighters responded and extinguished the fire. Adams says firefighters believe the fire originated due to a transmission line break.

    The driver was able to escape the vehicle unharmed.

  • Grayson keeping school chief interviews confidential

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board will conduct interviews with candidates to fill the school superintendent’s seat from Aug. 24 to Sept. 2.

    Board Chairman Larry Bartlett confirmed that candidates for superintendent will be interviewed “in a closed meeting at an undisclosed location for the next 15 days [beginning Aug. 24].”

    The school board received 27 inquiries about the position and 19 applications, according to a summary provided by School Board Chairman Larry Bartlett.

  • Kaine tours CCHS lab, Vaughan-Bassett plant

    U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) made two Twin Counties stops on his way through Southwest Virginia last Thursday, visiting the STEM lab at Carroll County High School and the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture plant in Galax.

    The stops were part of Kaine’s swing through Virginia on U.S. 58.

    At the CCHS lab, Kaine saw several students demonstrate projects they’re working on. The STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) lab at CCHS had a strong agricultural focus, and a farm for its use.

  • River property hearing overflows

    INDEPENDENCE — The crowd spilled out the door and into the hallway of the Grayson County Courthouse boardroom on Aug. 18, as citizens arrived to address the Grayson Planning Commission about possible zoning ordinance changes to properties along the New River.

    The main purpose of the commission’s monthly meeting, as advertised in local papers earlier in the month, was to receive comments regarding “proposed text amendments” to the county’s zoning ordinance related to the shoreline recreation district of the county.

  • Readers Hotline 8/24/15

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    This shout out goes to the man who left a letter in my mailbox this week. It came addressed with just my first name and no return address. What a cowardly thing to do, and also illegal. I would like to let you know, it is not your job to set this old girl straight. This is just a little Peyton Place and you are a Harper Valley hypocrite.

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  • Construction firm based at Crossroads lands $6.5M contract

    On April 30, the few at Crossroads Institute who knew exhibited quiet satisfaction.

    Candor Construction Inc., a general contractor that three years ago entered the Crossroads incubator in Galax, had just landed a $6.5 million shopping center construction project in Morgantown, W.Va. “You don’t hear numbers that big in this building very often,” quipped one Crossroads board member.

  • Crossroads celebrates successful decade

    Ten years ago, when the Crossroads Institute opened its doors, the goal was to bolster opportunities for education and economic development in the region.

    But what took place was something beyond what anyone expected. Not only did the facility succeed in giving local individuals a step up to higher education, and a wide range of employment opportunities, it also played a key role in uniting Galax, Carroll County and Grayson County in their shared goals of economic development.

  • 10th annual Carroll fair begins Aug. 26

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Agricultural Fair is Aug. 26-30 this year, and there are plenty of events scheduled to keep the entire community busy.

    This year, the fair committee has set a daily, one-price gate entrance fee that includes all of the scheduled events. Guests ages 13 and up will pay $5, tickets for children ages 6-12 are $3 and children 5 and under are admitted free.

    Gate admission will cover all fair-sponsored events, including unlimited carnival rides.

  • Galax expanding court, police dispatch

    The W. Harold Snead Safety Building, home of the Galax Police Department and Galax General District Court, is getting an addition soon.

    “We borrowed the money in fiscal year 2015 and did a bond with the projects for the veterans’ memorial, the conversion of the old health department to the juvenile probation offices and the police department addition,” said City Manager Keith Barker, who noted that the expenditure was approved in the budget.

  • Richardson: Crossroads a 'lifesaver' for business

    Some who know Leigh Ann Richardson would say her ability to succeed comes naturally.

    But when it comes to business and education, Richardson credits Crossroads Institute for much of her achievement.

    “I’m thankful there’s a place people can come and get constructive feedback about starting a business – about a plan and making that plan come true,” said Richardson, who also teaches nursing for Wytheville Community College at Crossroads.