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Today's News

  • Blue Devils rough up Grundy

    RICHLANDS –– One of the biggest advantages of being a top seed in a postseason tournament is getting an extra day’s rest while the lower seeds battle it out in the first round. With what seemed like an eternity between the tournament’s scheduled starting date and the time No. 1 Grayson County finally got on the floor for its Conference 39 girls’ semifinal, being fresh was the least of anyone’s concern. Thus it all came down to who’s the better basketball team.

  • Galax drops title game to George Wythe

    WYTHEVILLE –– George Wythe did a few things differently Friday in avenging its only two setbacks of the year.

    The Maroons ditched the man defense they had employed in losses of nine and 14 points to Galax. They put forth a bit more effort. But the two biggest adjustments were that they didn’t find themselves in an early gaping hole, and they didn’t allow Maroon Tide shooter Clif Conley to turn the night into his own personal game of around-the-world.

  • Readers Hotline 3/2/15

    Selective enforcement
    Why does Hillsville let some downtown merchants get away with parking in front of their store all day when it is supposed to be a two-hour limit? I, as a customer, can’t find a parking space. This is especially bad on the north end of town. You only enforce some of the laws. If I did this, I would get a ticket. Either remove the limit or enforce the law.

    Said it well

  • Oak Hall bringing 100 jobs to Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Oak Hall Cap & Gown, a manufacturer of academic, judicial and religious apparel, will invest $1.2 million to establish a textile manufacturing operation in Independence.

    The company will renovate and up-fit an existing 85,000-square-foot facility — the old Robertshaw Controls building at 607 W. Main Street — and create 100 new jobs.

  • Two arrested for drug violations

    Two Galax men have been arrested and charged with violations of the Drug Control Act after a traffic stop on Feb. 25.

    According to a report from the Galax Police Department, Officer Drew Burnett stopped a vehicle driven by Michael Logan Weyant, 20, for operating without headlights. Burnett’s observations and investigation resulted in the recovery of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, the report said.

  • Bill would have allowed prayer at government meetings

    RICHMOND — A Virginia Senate committee narrowly rejected a measure to authorize public prayers at government meetings — a common practice at town and city council, school board and county supervisors’ meetings in the Twin Counties.

    The Senate General Laws and Technology Committee killed the measure on an 8-7 vote.

  • Branch to update community on U.S. 58 project

    LAUREL FORK — Branch Highways, the contractor for the U.S. 58 widening project, will hold an information session for the Laurel Fork community on March 4.

    Pete Copes, Branch’s Construction Manager on the project, will speak at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Laurel Fork Community Center, according to Frances Tobler of the Senior Citizens Group of Laurel Fork, sponsor of the meeting.

  • Grayson schools could cut 20 positions

    INDEPENDENCE – No jobs are safe in the Grayson County School Division for next year as administrators look to cut up to 20 positions to balance next year’s budget.

    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant – along with Finance Director Norma Quesinberry and Director of Personnel Judy Greear – provided the school board a draft budget this week that included a reduction of 94 additional students and more than $3.4 million less revenue than budgeted.

  • Group raising awareness about Multiple Sclerosis

    HILLSVILLE — Town council has approved a resolution declaring March as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness month for Hillsville.

    Town council members approved the declaration at their Tuesday meeting, after they were visited by Twin County MS Support Group members Regina Dalton, Dalton’s daughter Autumn Stanley, Karen Walker and Arlene Monteith.

  • Four charged in three drug-related incidents

    Four people were arrested for various charges during a drug-related investigation by the Galax Police Department on Feb. 21.

    Two Galax residents were arrested and charged with possession of narcotics after the execution of a search warrant at Glendale Apartments.

    Misty Rena Urbina, 33, and William Bradley Earp, 23, both of Galax, were both charged with possession of marijuana, possession of morphine and possession of drug paraphernalia.