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Today's News

  • Parents: attendance policy not reasonable

    INDEPENDENCE – Changes are needed to the Grayson County School Division’s attendance policy, according to a set of parents who feel like their right to decide whether to send their children to school has been taken away from them.

    Amy and Timothy Donley – parents of two Grayson County students – both approached the school board during its regular meeting this month to request the division to take a look at its attendance policy and consider some updates.

  • Thieves take bait, steal ATV with tracking device

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    WHITETOP — Two men have been arrested after they allegedly took an all-terrain vehicle that was being used as bait by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.

    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said after several ATVs were stolen in the western end of Grayson County in the spring, his officers came up with a plan to catch the thieves. Suspects in those cases were arrested and are still in custody, but officers kept the bait ATV in the field.

  • Public record for 11/19/14 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded May 15-21 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Tractor-trailer crashes on I-77

    State police responded to the scene of a single vehicle accident on Monday, when a tractor-trailer jackknifed in the northbound lane of Interstate 77.

    According to a police report from Virginia State Police Trooper S.E. Kinney, the accident occurred at approximately 7:25 a.m. on I-77 northbound, at mile marker 22.2, about a mile and a half south of Exit 24. Darrell E. Finkley, 48, of Rocky Mount, N.C., was driving a 2014 Freighter tractor-trailer in the right-hand lane, when he lost control of the vehicle.

  • Carroll, Grayson, Galax runners post strong finishes at state meets

    THE PLAINS –– In addition to the state championship won by Galax’s boys, the Maroon Tide girls as well as runners from Carroll County and Grayson County posted strong finishes in their respective state meets at the Great Meadows cross country course Friday and Saturday.

  • One sport’s loss is another’s gain as Conley defends state crown

    THE PLAINS –– Clif Conley transferred to Galax High School in the summer of 2013, and though he had been a football player at Floyd County, he arrived too late to participate for the Maroon Tide. It’s safe to say he hasn’t made a habit of being tardy.

  • Tide goes back to back

    THE PLAINS –– The guys up front get the prestige. The guys in the pack grind out championships.

    For the second year in a row Friday, Galax experienced plenty of both.

  • Board approves traffic study for new school site

    The Galax School Board on Nov. 11 unanimously passed a motion, after a brief discussion, to approve the traffic analysis proposal for the new elementary school site.

    The school system recently bought land in the Fries Road/Kipling Lane area for a possible new school to replace the aging Galax Elementary.

  • HEALTHCARE ENROLLMENT: what you need to know

    Round two of the Affordable Care Act marketplace began Saturday, so fasten your seatbelt.

    That’s the second open enrollment period for the ACA’s health insurance exchanges, where people without insurance can sign up for plans and receive subsidies if their income is low enough.

    Health officials and community activists think this year’s open enrollment will be less frenetic than last year’s, which was marred by computer glitches and information overload.

  • HEALTHCARE ENROLLMENT: help for Virginians

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe has kicked off this year’s open enrollment for the Federal Marketplace, promising to take an aggressive role in helping eligible Virginians sign up for high-quality, affordable health insurance.