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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 11/28/16

    Send them away
    Just look on the front page of the Nov. 16 paper —  three men were charged with selling meth and being armed [two of which are not U.S. citizens]. Now, they are sitting in our regional jail getting three meals a day, bed to sleep in and a TV to watch. The American people are paying for this. Get them out of this country. Send them back to their country and let their government foot the bill, because the American people are done with it. Good job to our police officers and God bless America.

  • Grayson will pay for teacher raises

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Although the state didn’t come across with its share, the Grayson County school system will still give employees a 2 percent raise as promised.

    Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the Grayson County School Board at its Nov. 14 meeting night that the school system worked hard to absorb the once-promised $84,000 from the state in the current budget.

    He thanked Ted Phillips, director of finance, for helping to rework the budget and come up with the funds for the raise.

  • Grayson issues burning ban due to dry conditions

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson County has declared a local emergency, issuing a burning ban that will remain in place until further notice.

    In a news release from the county administration office, the emergency ban was declared in response to significant fire hazard conditions throughout the county.

    “This ban is the result of extremely dry conditions, with no rainfall predicted for weeks,” the release said.

  • Reasons for the Electoral College

    Every four years, American news is dominated by the presidential election. Pundits and analysts play up the drama, predict the outcome of the Electoral College, and endlessly analyze the results. Since the Republican candidate won the election, yet lost the popular vote by less than one percent, speculation has started on the purpose of the Electoral College.

  • Tide reaches semis

    Galax’s football field is suffering from a groundskeeper’s version of male-pattern baldness, the area between the hashes having been pulverized into a grassless, dusty moonscape due to the combination of drought conditions and added weeks of practices and games as the Maroon Tide’s season has extended now into the third round of the postseason.

    Compounding the problem is the fact that, as they say, grass won’t grow on a race track.

  • Playoff notes: Sponsored by Acme, Inc.

     You know it’s going to be a good day when you get to quote Yosemite Sam on the sports page.

    The mascots of two of Region 1A West’s final four teams are colors, and if you ever thought coming up with a caricature of a Tide is difficult, try personifying Blue or Maroon. George Wythe created a scowly-faced toughie, fists clenched, in rolled up sleeves and a toboggan – a longshoreman, maybe? – to represent its Maroon. Well played, George Wythe.

  • Tide vs. Pioneers, take 2

    There was the feeling, that Saturday afternoon in early October (the hope, certainly among Galax faithful), that these two teams would see each other again down the road.

  • Dog mauling death trial set for March

    INDEPENDENCE — John Terry Underwood, charged in the dog attack death of a 15-month-old girl, is set to appear in Grayson County Circuit Court for a motion on his second-degree murder case in February.

    Underwood was scheduled to appear for a case review on Nov. 10, where a jury trial date was set for March 2, 2017. According to the circuit court database, the court now will hear and consider a motion regarding the case on Feb. 23, 2017.

    Terra Lynn Connell, who was also charged in the incident, is scheduled to have a trial date set on Jan. 27, 2017.

  • Carroll names top teachers for 2016

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County has announced the finalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year. Recognized at the November regular monthly meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, 10 teachers were nominated, one from each school in the county. The winner will be announced at the board’s December meeting.

    The teachers included in this year’s list range in specialties and experience and all have shown dedication to their students throughout their different methods of teaching.

    Nominated teachers include:

  • Grayson initiative promotes vocational education

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors recently held a special meeting at the Grayson County High School’s Career and Technical Education Center to discuss potential programs that could assist in workforce development and job opportunities for students.