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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 6/15/15

    Postal workings
    I was reading Mr. Morton’s [letter about] the post office. That’s just the typical company run by the government. I agree with him. That’s the reason FedEx and UPS is killing them on delivery times and pickups and everything else. You can’t expect any more out of them. They are run by the government. It’s your tax dollars at work.

  • Teacher cuts hurting students

    Dear Grayson County School Board, I am 16 and my best friend is a teacher.

    I met her when I was in seventh grade at Piney Creek Elementary School in Alleghany County, N.C. We are two extremely different people, but there is something in her that turns on lights when my dark is too deep to see any further ahead.

    I was scorekeeper for her as she coached the girls basketball team. While on the team activity bus, other girls sat with their friends, but I sat in the front seat, next to her.

  • Grayson offers schools $1.1M again

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has once again offered the county school system a $1.1 million supplement to balance its fiscal year 2016 budget.

    Should the school board accept it, the money would allow the system to give teachers raises and reinstate a building trades program that was cut due to funding shortages, as well as cover expenditures that will carry forward, settle debt and pay for school resource officers.

  • Commerce park receives $1.75M grant

    The Virginia Tobacco Commission has awarded a fifth “megasite” grant for the Wildwood Commerce Park in the amount of $1.75 million.

    This grant award follows earlier tobacco commission grants totaling $12.3 million for the purchase and development of Wildwood, a regional commerce park at Interstate 77’s Exit 19 in Carroll County that has been under development for several years.

    Megasite projects are defined as those that should generate at least 400 jobs and $250 million in private investment.

  • Driver injured, charged in Poplar Knob crash

    At approximately 8:15 p.m. on May 27, Galax police responded to a report of a vehicle overturned on Poplar Knob Road just east of Country Club Lane, according to Capt. James Cox.

    A 1983 Ford F-150 pickup, operated by Mitchell Eugene Robinson, 50, of Mount Airy, N.C., was traveling west on Poplar Knob, said Cox.

    The vehicle left the right side of the highway on a curve, crossed into the eastbound lane and overturned.

    Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $8,000.

  • Dump truck crashes through I-77 guardrail

    A single-vehicle accident on Interstate 77 southbound at 2:09 p.m. June 11 left the driver with only mild injuries, said Virginia State Trooper S.E. Kinney.

    The accident took place near the North Carolina line when a 1994 Ford dump truck, driven by Timothy D. Griffin, 44, of Mount Airy, N.C., ran off the right side of the road and crashed into a guardrail, Kinney said.

  • Traffic will follow new pattern on 58 in Carroll

    A traffic pattern change for U.S. 58 in Carroll County will go into effect June 16.

    The new pattern will begin 0.10-mile east of the Carroll/Floyd county line and extend east for 0.70-mile to Virginia 780 (Turnip Patch Road).

    Traffic will be placed on a newly-constructed section of the eastbound lane in order to construct the westbound lanes.

    Directional signs and pavement markings will be in place to direct motorists. Traffic delays are possible during the transition to the new pattern.

    The change will occur if weather permits.

  • Search begins for new Grayson school chief

    INDEPENDENCE — The search is underway for Grayson County Schools’ new superintendent, and the school board says it is dedicated to finding the perfect candidate to fill the seat.

    Members of the board met on Thursday to discuss strategy with Peter Sengenberger, assistant executive director of the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA).

  • Carroll, Galax win state championships

    Complete coverage of state championship results will appear online and in Wednesday’s print edition. 


    LYNCHBURG –– So this is what it feels like.

    Carroll County won the first state championship in a team sport in the school’s 46-year history Saturday, squeaking past defending champion Woodgrove 1-0 in the Group 4A title game at Liberty University’s Kamphius Field.

  • Finally, the finals

    LYNCHBURG –– Carroll County softball coach Rick Nester found himself in quite the quandary after his team’s 3-2 win Friday over Deep Creek in the Group 4A state softball semifinals. His Cavaliers played their way into Saturday’s 10 a.m. state title game, and his son had wooed himself into a wedding scheduled months beforehand for later in Saturday afternoon.

    Somebody in Carroll County was going to get a ring Saturday. The only question was, how many somebodies?