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Today's News

  • Grayson supervisors counter school budget request

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Supervisors have approved a counter offer to the school board following a request of more than $600,000 in additional funding for education.
    The school board presented requests for both the current budget (2012-13) and next year’s budget (2013-14) for the supervisors to consider during a joint meeting held last month.

  • Three women plead guilty in stolen lottery tickets case

    HILLSVILLE — A 2009 case involving embezzlement of Lottery tickets from Blue Ridge Tobacco and Candle moved closer to resolution with pleas from the three accused women on April 15.
    Amy Carrico Roberts of Galax, Holly Dawn Kelly Jennings of Fancy Gap and Carolyn Kaye Lane of Fancy Gap had each been brought up in two rounds of indictments in Carroll County Circuit Court in the incident, according to court records.
    (An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.)
    In the latest from June 2012, each woman faced charges of:

  • Natural gas rates set in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — In a surge of activity on natural gas, Carroll officials continued to build up to the creation of a local utility service at their April 8 meeting.
    With the expected completion of a connection to the Patriot pipeline this month, county officials held a public hearing and get natural gas rates, as well as scheduled a separate business and safety meeting for April 25.

  • Grimes pleads guilty in death of Grayson man

    INDEPENDENCE — A 60-year-old Fries man will spend four years in the Virginia Department of Corrections after his arrest on charges related to the March 22, 2012, death of an unattended person.
    Donald S. Grimes faced multiple charges in Grayson County Circuit Court after investigators responded to 70 Springwood Lane in the Carsonville community and found Gary R. Vaughan, 57, deceased in his residence.

  • Larrowe plants seeds of hope around globe

    Virginia Tech article, reprinted with permission
    BLACKSBURG — International agriculture education may be a tool for national security, according to research by Austin Larrowe of Woodlawn, a junior at Virginia Tech.
    Larrowe is one of 72 students representing 66 U.S. colleges and universities and selected by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress to be part of the Presidential Fellows program for 2012-13.
    Each student has worked on an individual research project throughout the year and will turn in their completed paper in May.

  • Police to take back prescription drugs

    On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Galax Police Department will join with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
    In Grayson, citizens should bring medications for disposal to their local fire and rescue department.

  • Rooftop launches Early Head Start

    Continuing the legacy of Rooftop of Virginia CAP’s Head Start program, the agency is now offering a new program called Early Head Start to benefit pregnant women and children ages birth through three years.
    Early Head Start is serving 116 families throughout the Twin Counties.
    Child services specialist Joan Weaver says that children in this age range “need early childhood development experiences that honor their unique characteristics and provide love, worth and positive learning experiences.

  • Sheriff recognizes emergency dispatchers

    By Carroll County Sheriff John B. Gardner

  • Feeding America seeks support from Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE – More than 240,000 pounds of food have been distributed in Grayson County in the last year through the Feeding America program and coordinators are looking for county supervisors to continue their support.
    Jessica Brown serves as the mobile food pantry coordinator and spoke to the board during their regular meeting earlier this month.
    Brown said the Mobile Food Pantry is a partnership between Feeding America Southwest Virginia and community partners in rural Southwest Virginia where communities have limited access to food pantries.

  • Art school raises $9,000 for woodworking shop

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts celebrated its fourth annual fundraising Gala on April 13, with the theme "Hand-Crafted in Galax: A New Woodworking Studio for CCSA.”
    Guests were treated to music, hors d’oeuvres, wine sampling and a silent auction. Local artisans contributed unique works to be sold at the auction, such as paintings, sculptures, fabrics and woodwork.
    That night, CCSA’s gala helped to raise more than $9,000 through ticket sales, pre-gala donations and the silent auction for the school’s new woodworking studio.