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Today's News

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  • Stormwater work should fix flooding in Galax

    City Manager Keith Barker recently took Galax City Council members on a tour of the renovations and improvements being done in the low-lying and flood-prone Bottom Area around Givens Street.

    Building Official Terry Atwell, who is acting as the rehab specialist for the project, came along to explain some of the finer points of the Bottom Area renovations.

    The tour lasted about 30 minutes and covered a few blocks of the area.

  • Murder case break came in 2010

    By SHANNON WATKINS and CHUCK BURRESS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The break in the cold case investigation of Brandon Billings’ 2002 slaying occurred in 2010 when the former live-in girlfriend of accused slayer Chad Allen Reeves implicated him in the case, court proceedings revealed Monday.

    Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught said in opening arguments that Tammy Simone provided the break when she described for investigators what Reeves told her in the hours after Billings was killed on Oct. 6, 2002.

  • City bids farewell to longtime employees

    Galax City Council honored two retiring longtime employees at its May 11 meeting and recognized the city’s water treatment plant, which won an award.

    Evelyn Bottomley, a utility clerk, and Nancy Hutchens, an accounts clerk, were each honored with a plaque and a watch. Bottomley served 21 years and three months; Hutchens served 15 years and nine months.

    Both are retiring from the director of finance’s office.

  • Grayson School Board calls emergency meeting

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board held an emergency called meeting May 30 at the central office in Independence.

    The meeting was called for the board to discuss accounting information with Norma Quesinberry, the school system’s director of finance. No action was taken after the meeting.

    A school auditor was scheduled to be at the central office on Monday to meet with Quesinberry.

  • Raiders stun Galax in 1A West

    Matthew Branham was effectively wild. But at this time of year, anything that works is wildly effective.

    Branham’s two-hitter was enough to overcome seven walks and five wild pitches as J.I. Burton upset Galax 7-4 in the Region 1A West quarterfinals Monday at Felts Park.

  • Carroll comes on strong to stay perfect

    HILLSVILLE –– Sydney Nester put a one-two punch on Chancellor Monday night in the opening round of the Region 4A North softball tournament played at Carroll County High School.

    Nester not only tossed a one-hitter but she also had a two-run home run to lead the undefeated Cavaliers to a 12-0 victory over the Chargers and advance to the semifinals today (Wednesday) at Fluvanna at 6 p.m.

  • Blue Devils surge to win

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County is a hitting team. The Lady Blue Devils have solid pitching and they’ll play defense better than most. But at its core, Grayson County is a team of hitters and will win usually by outhitting an opponent.

    Even if it takes a while.

  • Carroll supervisors adopt 2016 budget

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors adopted the fiscal year 2016 county budget on May 27.

    Members of the board met for a quick meeting where they, at the motion of Supervisor Joshua Hendrick, unanimously approved the county’s general operating expenditures of $41.9 million for the general fund, and $15,000 for the law library fund.

  • After a century, bald eagles soar again

    WITH VIDEO

    Submitted by Scott Jackson-Ricketts, Blue Ridge Discovery Center

    You’re out weeding your garden, perhaps hiking the New River Trail, or just driving along a country road when suddenly you spy a raptor overhead, stretched out like a board, a nine-and-a-half-pound bird with a wingspan of 80 inches, its white head and tail sealing the identification, a graceful marriage of bird and sky.

    Take another look if you can, and savor the moment.