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Today's News

  • HoustonFest celebrates 'Big Bang' of country music

    HoustonFest celebrates its fifth year with a stellar lineup of artists this weekend in Galax’s Felts Park.

    More than 40 bands will perform on three stages, along with special workshops, the Camp Houston youth stage, exhibits, instrument making displays, food, art and craft vendors.

  • Public record for 4/29/15 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in August of 2014, in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Readers Hotline 4/29/15

    School’s out?

  • Readers Hotline 4/27/15

    Clean it up
    I am a citizen that lives on Tower Road and it is nothing but a trash pile, especially the end coming toward the four-way stop off Country Club Lane. It seems like people just want to throw their trash out all over the road. It looks awful and terrible and needs to be cleaned up. I would like to live in a nice, clean area. Please, if there is anything you can do about this, please help.

    Confused

  • Hash running for Providence supervisor seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Michael Hash has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for the Providence District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.

    “I understand the needs of our community,” said Hash in a news release. “I am always looking for ways to serve my community and I am very excited about the opportunity to serve the residents of my districts.”

    John Brewer, who holds the Providence seat now, has said he will not seek re-election. Instead, he is running for a school board seat.

  • Meet the vendors at farmers' market

    These profiles of vendors at the Independence Farmers Market were submitted by market manager Michelle Pridgen.

    INDEPENDENCE — If you have been to the Independence Farmers Market in Independence Town Park, you may have noticed a booth with a large “Grayson LandCare” banner behind it, potted plants in front, and a very friendly woman in between. Kathy Cole, newly-elected president of Grayson LandCare Inc., has set up a fund-raising booth for the past three years.

  • WCC names new president

    RICHMOND – Dr. Dean E. Sprinkle of Statesville, N.C., will become the next president at Wytheville Community College, announced Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Sprinkle will begin his new post July 1, replacing retiring president Charlie White.

    “Dr Sprinkle will be a tremendous fit for Wytheville Community College,” DuBois said in making the appointment. “He has built an impressive career of academic leadership and I’m looking forward to seeing the next chapter of that unfold here in Virginia.”

  • School board should take county's offer

    You hear a lot this time of year about the stress students are being put through as they take state tests; about the anxiety and sleepless nights as they worry about their future.

    This year, in Grayson County, the teachers and staff are the ones concerned about their fates as the school system tries to find a way to balance a budget while faced with a funding shortfall.

  • Fuller Center to host wall build

    HILLSVILLE - The Fuller Center of Housing - Greater Carroll County Area, in cooperation with Crossroads Missions, will host a first-ever "Wall Build" event on May 2. Beginning at 8 a.m., volunteers will gather in the Hillsville VFW building, where they will build nearly 60 walls for a local home in just a few hours.

  • Oakland students receive fire safety training

    Oakland Elementary School students received fire safety training from members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters spent the day teaching students all aspects of fire safety.

    Each homeroom toured the fire department’s mobile command center and prevention unit, and students saw a demonstration of firefighter safety gear and a pumper truck. Each student participated in a simulated fire and escape from the mobile unit.

    The students were given homework to discuss a family plan with their parents.