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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 4/17/17

    Wrong priority
    This call is regarding Gov. McAuliffe proposing an amendment to prevent law-abiding citizens from purchasing a handgun. I would just like to say he needs to worry more about getting rid of the illegal people and the people who are coming here trying to do things illegally rather than worrying about law-abiding citizens and what they are doing. He needs to start worrying about trying to keep guns away from people who don’t want to follow the law, not the people who do.

  • The high cost of fighting crime

    We all want law and order, safe neighborhoods and criminals taken off the streets. It’s one of the main things we expect our local governments to provide.

    But what many don’t know is the high cost of safety, especially in terms of incarceration.

    This was brought into focus last week at a Carroll Board of Supervisors’ budget meeting, when it was revealed that the county’s cost of keeping prisoners at the New River Valley Regional Jail would increase by $400,000 next fiscal year.

  • Advice you can take to the bank

    INDEPENDENCE ― In today’s economy, having money often isn’t enough.

    Being able to manage what you have is the key, and a new service in the Twin Counties has empowered an agent to help people stabilize and improve their finances.

    Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Demi Sexton, an employee of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, provides financial planning services for residents of Grayson and Carroll counties and the city of Galax through a new position was created by a partnership between Extension and United Way of Southwest Virginia.

  • Hicks charged with multiple break-ins

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man was charged in connection with multiple break-ins last week, when a deputy responded to a residence where a suspect had reportedly gained entry.

    Timothy James Hicks, 34, of 2875 Riverside Drive, was charged with three counts of breaking and entering, trespassing and destruction of property.

    According to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Deputy Seth Cutshall responded to reports of a break-in in progress at Eagle Bottom Road in Fries on April 11 at approximately 6:15 a.m.

  • Fancy Gap fire burns 12-15 acres

    Staff Report

    A brush fire on Fancy Gap Highway in Carroll County required the presence of several local fire departments on April 10.

    The Cana Volunteer Fire Department was the lead agency, calling in assistance from the Hillsville and Galax volunteer fire departments, and standby help from firefighters in Barren Springs, Laurel Fork, Mount Airy, N.C., and Franklin County, N.C., as well.

  • IRS may call after all

    The Internal Revenue Service has changed the way it deals with overdue taxes, and that means third party collection agencies may now call you on the phone.

    “Like the IRS, Better Business Bureau is concerned this change might lead to scammers trying new ways to trick people,” the BBB said in a news release last week.

  • Vetoes upheld at assembly session

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — At veto ceremonies, Gov. Terry McAuliffe often calls himself the “brick wall” against what he calls bad bills delivered by the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

    GOP lawmakers didn’t have enough sledgehammers to break down that wall during a recent one-day session in which lawmakers handled budget amendments and addressed the governor’s vetoes.

  • Independence will repair several roads

    INDEPENDENCE — Town Manager Jerry Hughes shared a potential 12-month plan for repairing troublesome roads throughout the town of Independence, at town council’s April meeting.

    The plan breaks down a list of 16 roads to be repaired, which included manhole repairs and risers.

    Estimated costs for repairs varied; the most costly of which was $360 in manhole repairs for Hilltop Drive; and $225 for Davis Street. The town cost for risers stands at $1,037.

    “This is extremely good news for us,” Hughes said.

  • Two in Fries face drug charges

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and investigators with the Twin County Drug Task Force recently arrested and charged suspects in Fries, following the execution of search warrants in an ongoing drug investigation.

    According to a report from Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, officers executed two search warrants in the Fries area.

    “As part of an ongoing drug investigation, deputies received information about drug transactions taking place at 18 Broom Lane in Fries,” Vaughan said.

  • Holdaway won't seek re-election

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Two slots will be up for election for the Grayson County School Board in the Nov. 7 general election, for the Wilson and Elk Creek districts.

    During last Monday’s meeting of the school board, Fred Weatherman said he plans to seek another four-year term representing the Elk Creek District. He has served on the board for four years.

    Shannon Holdaway, who has represented the Wilson District for the past 12 years, said he will not seek re-election. The deadline for filing is June 13.