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Today's News

  • Go faster, move over or pay up

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — The House of Delegates has approved a bill that would impose a mandatory $250 fine for driving too slowly in the left lane on highways.

    HB 2201 was introduced by Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-Bristol) and co-sponsored by Democrats Del. Kaye Kory of Falls Church and Sen. Scott Surovell of Fairfax to show bipartisan support for the measure.

  • 'Rally for Humanity' planned for Hillsville

    Samantha Castor of Hillsville was talking with a co-worker when the idea of a rally first came to her.

    “We were talking about the so-called ‘Muslim ban,’” she said of recent immigration executive orders that prohibit or limit entry by those from some Middle Eastern countries. “My heart literally hurt to think of these people and their families, packed and ready to come here to the U.S. for a brand new life, only to be turned around and sent back to refugee camps.”

  • Readers Hotline 2/13/17

    Bad for the neighborhood

  • N.C. man faces drug, weapon charges

    Staff Report

    WHITETOP — A Jefferson, N.C., man faces drug and weapons charges after a traffic stop in the Whitetop community of Grayson County resulted in a vehicle search and seizure of methamphetamine, a handgun and metal knuckles.

  • Grant paying for playground equipment for special needs students

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson County Public Schools recently received a grant from United Way Southwest Virginia for $5,000, to use in inclusive projects for students with special needs.

    The grant money will pay for recreational equipment that can be enjoyed by students with and without special needs at Fairview Elementary School; where they will also soon have an inclusive play area to enjoy together.

  • Don't get caught up in a bad romance

    Online dating websites and social media have made it easier than ever to meet new people and, with luck, find that special someone.

    “Unfortunately, it has also made it simpler for scammers to do their sordid work,” said the Better Business Bureau in a recent alert. “Con artists create compelling backstories and full-fledged identities, and then trick victims into falling for someone who does not even exist.”

  • Keep up the fight for training center's future

    Ever since its closing was announced five years ago, everyone from parents and county leaders to advocacy groups and state legislators have been fighting to prevent the closing of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in 2018.

    This valiant effort continues, even after years of discouraging results and their pleas falling on mostly deaf ears in Richmond.

  • Chilhowie takes a pair from Galax

    CHILHOWIE –– Galax put up its third-highest point total of the year but it wasn’t enough to knock off Chilhowie as the Maroon Tide dropped a 67-47 Conference 46 boys’ game Friday.

    Cameron Kestner led all scorers with 23 points, including the 1,000th of his career, to pace Chilhowie (17-3). Dylan Catron dropped in 18 points, Trevor Tucker scored 11 and Alex Delp 10 for the Warriors.

  • Seniors lead Cavs to win

    HILLSVILLE –– The most difficult assignment for a non-starter on a basketball team has to be the job given to the kid at the end of the introduction line. She not only has to memorize an individual handshake for each of the five starters, but get all of them just right lest she and the player being introduced both look silly. In her first start of the year Friday, Megan Garland handled her intro just fine all by herself.

  • Six wrestlers claim conference, sub-region titles

    HILLSVILLE –– Kids have been rolling around on the mats since December. But the real wrestling season opened this past weekend.

    Grapplers across the state took their first steps toward what they hoped would be a final destination of a state tournament berth as conference and sub-regional events took place Friday and Saturday.