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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 5/18/15

    Rock around the clock
    I’d like to comment on the classic car cruise-in season that is coming up in Galax and Hillsville. Beach music is great but beach music isn’t the only kind of music. Classic car music is cruising music and that is 1950s, 60s and 70s music. Stuff like Rock around the Clock, Elvis, The Twist. Songs like that are the ones that people really want to hear. Beach music is great, but we need a live band or a deejay playing the good old rock-n-roll.

  • Litter is more than just an eyesore

    The community celebrated Earth Day this year through a countywide effort to tidy up cluttered roadsides, and the fruits of that labor were definitely hard to miss. According to the paperwork filed for this year’s roadside project in Carroll County, more than 300 citizens collected more than 1,300 bags of trash, and numerous large items including tires and furniture during the months of April and May.

  • Democrats nominate Williams for Grayson clerk

    INDEPENDENCE — Robert “Bobby” Williams officially received the Democratic nomination to run for Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk at the party’s caucus in Independence on May 7.

    Williams is a lifelong resident of Grayson County and currently resides in Fairview. He is the son of Bobby and Louise Williams of Galax and is engaged to Kari Walls.

  • Grayson Republicans choose Brooks to challenge prosecutor

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Republican Committee has chosen a candidate to run for commonwealth’s attorney in the Nov. 3 election.

    Roger Brooks was nominated at the committee’s mass meeting on May 2 at the Independence Fire Station.

    Brooks will challenge independent incumbent Doug Vaught for the constitutional office.

    In addition to Brooks, the committee nominated Susan Herrington as a candidate for clerk of the circuit court and Larry Bolt for commissioner of revenue.

  • Republican primary ends two contests

    HILLSVILLE — Results are in for the Carroll County Republican Primary on May 16, which concluded two contested races for the party’s nominations this year.

    According to official numbers from the committee, Phil Hawks defeated Ronald Newman 610-576 in a tight race for the clerk of court nomination.

  • Maroon Tide turns it around

    If nothing else, Galax’s 7-4 win over Chilhowie Thursday at Felts Park proved that baseball is supposed to be a fun game.

    Before Thursday, the previous week and a half of baseball hadn’t been the most pleasant of times for the Maroon Tide. During a three-game losing streak, Galax was shut out twice, managed 12 hits while issuing 22 walks and had three times as many errors (nine) as runs scored. Thursday, however, Galax’s demeanor was that of a ballclub holding a five-game lead with three games to play.

  • Newman, Hawks, seek Republican nomination

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Republican Primary on May 16 will feature two contested races, including a two-candidate race for circuit court clerk.

    Bradley “Phil” Hawks and Ronald L. Newman are both seeking nomination to represent the Republican party in the November general election. The winner of the primary will face James W. “Jay” McCraw, an independent, and Gerald R. Goad, a Democrat.

  • Jones named Grayson teacher of the year

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Fairview Elementary School first grade teacher Melissa Jones is the 2015 Grayson County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

    Jones, who has taught either kindergarten or first grade in Grayson schools during all of her 29 years as a teacher, received word of her selection during a special reception at the Grayson National Bank Conference Center.

  • Grayson approves school budget

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – When Shannon Holdaway, vice chairman of the Grayson County School Board, adjourned the May 6 special called meeting and budget work session, he said the deficit was $1.22 million.

    Things changed in the days between that session and the regular meeting Monday night, when the school board approved a budget that has caused a great deal of controversy in recent weeks, due to personnel and program cuts.

  • Embankment rollover leaves multiple injuries

    A single-vehicle accident at 5:25 p.m. on River Hill Road (Rte. 736) in Galax on Thursday, May 14 left all five occupants with some degree of injury, said Virginia State Trooper J.D. Delp.

    The injuries occurred when a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Timothy J. Rife, 32, of Woodlawn, rolled over a steep embankment near a sharp curve in the road, Delp said.