Today's News

  • Meat processing facility will add 11 jobs in Grayson

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that River Ridge Land and Cattle Company, LLC will build and operate a new meat processing facility in Grayson County. The company will invest $2.1 million and create 11 new jobs over the next three years. River Ridge will also purchase nearly $4 million in Virginia-grown beef and pork for use at its new facility. The Commonwealth of Virginia is partnering with Grayson County and River Ridge Land and Cattle on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund.

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  • Ross ends campaign for school board seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Ruth Ross, one of five candidates for the open at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board in a special election on Nov. 8, has announced that she will withdraw from the race.

    With her campaign ended, Ross announced her endorsement of fellow candidate Robert Benish.

    In an interview with the newspaper on Monday, Ross explained that her decision to drop out of the race came after she and her husband began to consider a move to Washington, in order to be closer to their two grown children and their two grandsons.

  • Carroll schools face bus driver shortage

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County faces a shortage of bus drivers in the public school system and has implemented an incentive program to try to attract new employees. The incentive includes provisions for new drivers and those current drivers who recruit them.

    According to Elizabeth Motley, director of human resources for Carroll County Public Schools, the transportation department is shorthanded all the way around. Last year, Motley realized this could be a problem and took steps to come up with a solution.

  • Indictments include drug, fraud charges


    INDEPENDENCE – Indictments against three Independence residents have recently been unsealed.

    The Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury met July 22 and returned several sealed indictments. They were not made public until those named in the indictments were charged.

    The included:

  • McCormick, Hash to wed

    Jeremy and Kristi McCormick of Independence announce the engagement of their daughter, Madison Cambri, to Jared Allen Hash, son of Joe Hash of Independence and Tammy Copeland of Galax.

    A January 2017 wedding is planned.

  • He's seven

    Braeden Hunter Ward celebrated his 7th birthday on June 26. He had a Minecraft pool party with friends and family at the Grayson County Rec Park.

    He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence and has three younger brothers: Levi, Luke and Grayson. His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley, and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward, and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Public record for 10/12/16 edition

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in January in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Warren D. Smith and Kelly W. Smith to Horner Land Holdings LLC. Four parcels in the Wilson District. $615,000.
    M.E. Houck and Cathy G. Houck to Timothy J. Kurzweil and Laurie Houck Kurzweil. 24.156 acres in the Elk Creek District. Gift.
    Sylvia C. Killon to Thomas C. Stockner and Cherie L. Stockner. 1.5765 acres in the Oldtown District. $15,000.

  • Two ejected in Cliffview crash

    Staff Report

    A wreck on Cliffview Road on Oct. 4 sent all three occupants to the hospital due to not wearing seatbelts, police said.

    According to Trooper S.E. Kinney, the Virginia State Police was called to an automobile accident on Cliffview during the early morning hours of Oct. 4. The accident occurred at 2:50 a.m., about .2 mile north of Creekview Drive, near Galax.

  • Claims found in former VA employee's possession

    A large number of documents, including veterans’ claims, were discovered in a storage unit belonging to a former veterans’ office employee who worked at Richmond’s McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center.

    Virginia Department of Veterans Services retrieved and secured the documents at the agency’s Richmond headquarters, and are reviewing documents so that affected veterans can be notified and assisted in filing claims.

    The Virginia attorney general notified the Virginia State Police and requested a criminal investigation.