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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Independent Goad enters Carroll sheriff's race

    HILLSVILLE — Shannon Goad has announced his plans to run for sheriff of Carroll County in this year’s general election in November.

    Goad is the third individual to announce his candidacy for sheriff in this year’s election. Sheriff J.B. Gardner, a Republican, has filed to run for another term and Chris Toney announced his intent to run an independent candidate.

  • Dog lost in I-77 crash reunited with owners

    AUSTINVILLE - The story of a North Carolina couple’s missing dog, following a wreck on Interstate 77 in Austinville, now has a happy ending thanks to the community’s effort to find and return the pup to his family.

    Dinky, a 1-year-old terrier/poodle mix male, went missing after his owners, Sam and Janet Hussey, crashed in their truck and camper on the interstate on April 9. The couple escaped the wreck with only minor injuries, but the truck and camper were severely damaged and Dinky ran from the scene.

  • Community mourns loss of student, athlete

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    TROUTDALE — The community is remembering Grayson Highlands School sixth grade student Taylor “Tator” Shayne Pauley, who lost his life as a result of a May 3 ATV accident in Troutdale.