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Today's News

  • Grayson facing $1.4M shortfall

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County begins its months-long process of balancing its budget with an initial shortfall of $1.4 million.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet presented the supervisors with the first budget snapshot during a work session on April 24.
    Sweet said projected revenues for fiscal year 2014 are $16.86 million, a .03 percent increase ($53,277) over last year’s adjusted revenues.

  • Three charged with theft

     

  • Stolen tools recovered

     

  • Fire damages home

     

  • One-hit wonder Galax wins 4-2

    Sometimes that whole hit it where they ain’t thing can be overrated.

    Galax made the most of a little on Friday, managing four runs on just one hit and riding a solid performance by sophomore lefthander Logan Beamer to a 4-2 Mountain Empire District win over Narrows at Felts Park.

  • Investors want to reopen Grayson Water plant

    INDEPENDENCE – A company wants to get the old Grayson Mountain Water plant in Grayson County up and running again, and has asked the county to rezone an adjacent property for a private campground for the investors.
    Grayson County supervisors approved three zoning changes earlier this month that could lead to further economic development. Each zoning change required a public hearing,

  • GOSSAN MINES: Miner's family laments their loss

    Randall Zelmer Warf, a World War II veteran who had seen the world past “the Ridge,” had a dream of getting out of the Gossan mines for his family’s sake after returning to the Carroll County community.
    Warf never got to fulfill that dream because he died at 27 in a mining accident in the early morning hours of May 1, 1947, according to family members.

  • GOSSAN MINES: A dangerous place to work

    Moving a mountain with steam shovels and explosives and hollowing out the earth below through tunneling presented danger and challenges at Gossan Mines in Carroll County.
    Work was periodically interrupted as various kinds of emergencies would occur.
    Newspaper archives on the mines held by the Carroll County Historical Society Museum contain articles on different kinds of problems that arose at Gossan Mines.

  • Gossan Mines Unearthed: Special Feature

    Gossan Mines shaped life in the Iron Ridge community of Carroll County for 57 years, while workers hauled pyrrhotite ore out of the ground for General Chemical.
    Mine superintendent Fred E. Johnson oversaw the day-to-day operations at Gossan as part of an international mining career.
    Always associated with the extractive industry in his professional life, Johnson earned the moniker “Hardrock.”

  • AAA finds motorists' breaking point on gas prices

    Half of U.S. adults consider gas prices to be “too high” when it reaches $3.44 per gallon, indicating a potential breaking point on gas prices, according to a new consumer price index developed by AAA.
    Roughly two-thirds of Americans (62 percent) offset high gas prices by changing their driving habits or lifestyle.
    “It was not long ago that motorists were shocked to pay more than $3 per gallon for gasoline, but now that is standard at stations nationwide,” said Martha Mitchell Meade of the American Automobile Association Mid-Atlantic.