Today's News

  • Perfect game, big rallies highlight Cavalier sweep

    Larry Chambers, Staff


    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County’s Sidney Nester has already built herself a reputation of being one of the best softball pitchers in the state.

    Friday, the junior fireballer turned in a brilliant performance in a doubleheader against Patrick Henry-Roanoke in leading her team to a two-game sweep, 7-0 in the first game and 9-0 in the second game.

  • 3-year-old dies after Fries accident

    Staff Report

    FRIES — A 3-year-old died on Sunday after he was accidentally run over by his mother.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Jaylen Lineberry was injured by the vehicle in Fries on April 30th at approximately 4 p.m.

    “Jaylen’s mother was moving her vehicle in the driveway while Jaylen was running beside of the vehicle,” Vaughan said. “Jaylen fell down and the rear wheels of the vehicle struck the child.”

  • Lewis murder trial delayed until November

    Staff Report

    MARION — A man charged in the hit-and-run death of a Fries woman and the vehicular injury of an Ivanhoe man has a new trial date in Smyth County, as of last week.

    John Randolph Lewis, charged in the first-degree murder of Heather Copeland Clontz; and the malicious assault of Samuel D. Lawson, was scheduled to appear in Smyth County Circuit Court on April 26, but the trial was continued after the judge granted a motion from the defense, according to the courts database.

  • Galax budget includes tax increase

    Taxpayers in Galax will see a 4.5-cent rate increase in their real estate taxes in fiscal year 2018, according to the final draft of the city’s proposed budget.

    No other taxes are set to increase, according to City Manager Keith Barker.

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  • Grayson approves new cell tower

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has approved a special use permit allowing Apex Towers to construct and operate a communications tower and antenna in Elk Creek’s Rural Farm District.

    The motion at the board’s April meeting — made by Supervisor John Fant and approved with a unanimous vote — followed a scheduled public hearing, during which no one had signed up to speak.

  • Grayson budget balances with no tax increase

    INDEPENDENCE — Moving into the final stretch of this year’s budget planning, Interim County Administrator Mitch Smith recently reported that Grayson County has a balanced budget in the works, at no additional cost to the taxpayers for the ninth year in a row.

    Revenues and expenditures for the 2017-2018 budget, according to the most current draft, stand at $20.9 million. Revenue streams include $15.8 million from local sources; $5.08 million from state sources and $16,000 from federal sources, according to the draft.

  • Drug charges, assault among Galax arrests

    Staff Reports

    Two people are charged with drug violations after a traffic stop on April 21 in Galax.

    Eric James Nichols, 30 of Lowgap, N.C., was stopped by Officer Darren Alley for a traffic infraction, according to Galax Police Department report.

  • Local music festivals receive state funds

    Staff Report

    Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) recently awarded sponsorships to 32 Virginia music festivals, including five in the Twin County area.

    VTC awarded a total of $245,448 as part of its 2017 Music Festival Sponsorship Program.

    The 32 awarded music festivals bring in nearly 483,000 in attendance and more than $11 million in ticket sales, with an estimated economic impact of $46.8 million to communities across the Commonwealth, the VTC reported.

  • Farmers' markets opening for spring

    Spring has arrived and with it comes the re-opening of local farmers’ markets.

    While some offer year-round online service and others continue a physical market indoors over the winter months, outdoor markets in Galax and Grayson County will open in May this year.

    The Galax Farmers Market will open on May 5 at 206 N. Main Street and feature produce, meats, eggs, canned goods and crafts. The market will be open Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There is no cost to vend and SNAP is accepted.