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Today's News

  • Grayson schools meet benchmarks, fall short of full accreditation

    INDEPENDENCE — Division-wide, Grayson County met all state testing objectives, but fell one school short of full accreditation.
    The Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) represent the percentage of students within each subgroup in the lowest-performing schools that must pass state Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in reading and mathematics in order to reduce by half the gaps separating those students from their peers in the highest-performing schools within six years.

  • Man charged with assault of child

    HILLSVILLE — A 33-year-old man has been charged with sexual assault of a child after a family member complained to authorities, according to Hillsville Police Department personnel.
    Phillip Anthony Talbert faces the charge after a March complaint leading to an investigation by Sgt. James Alderman.
    Hillsville Police Department’s interim Chief Jason Hawks said the investigation also extended to Pulaski County, where Talbert was said to reside part-time.

  • Area cross country teams post strong showings

     BRISTOL –– Grayson County and Carroll County both finished among the top seven in both the boys’ and girls’ team standings Thursday at the Randy Smith Classic at Sugar Hollow Park.

    Grayson’s girls led the way with their second-place finish in the 12-team, 3-mile race. Emma Wyatt finished fifth overall in 21 minutes, 11 seconds, Hayley Reavis was 11th, Mary Beth Cunningham 14th, Olivia Wyatt 21st and Natalie Ruiz 49th.

  • Blue Devils take care of G-Men

    BLUEFIELD, W.Va. –– Playing a district game for the first time in another state, Grayson County was simply in another league.

    The Blue Devils stymied Graham’s offense most of the day while two Grayson runningbacks darted and dashed their way to more than 100 yards each in a 36-17 MED win Saturday at venerable Mitchell Stadium.

    Grayson County improved to 5-1 overall, 1-0 in the district on the damp and chilly afternoon while Graham dropped to 4-2, 0-1.

  • Police say couple used fake money orders to pay for motel stay

    HILLSVILLE —  A Woodlawn couple faces multiple charges after allegedly paying for a motel stay with counterfeit U.S. Postal Service money orders, according to information from the Hillsville Police Department.
    Police charged Heath Harold Spalding, 37, and Sherri Nicole Spalding, 39, with two counts each of felony defrauding motels for more than $200 in September, according to court information.

  • Search goes on for police chief, town manager

    HILLSVILLE — While still trying to get a new town manager onboard, Hillsville Town Council members moved along the process of selecting a new police chief Monday.
    Hillsville has been without administrators in those two positions since long-time town manager Larry South and police chief Steve Williams resigned in June before the composition of town council changed in July.
    Officials have contacted two candidates for town manager to make offers, but neither of them had accepted by the Monday meeting.

  • Obama campaign hosts roundtable in Galax

    Today (Oct. 10) at 5 p.m., Galax City School Board Member Helen Kyle will host a roundtable with voters and members of the community to talk about “how President Obama's policies have helped strengthen middle class families in rural Virginia,” according to a press release from the Obama campaign.

    Kyle will be joined by the campaign's Virginia Policy and Research Director Ericke Cage of Halifax County.

  • Fries 50K is first course in Virginia to be USATF certified

    FRIES — On Saturday, the Town of Fries will welcome more than 150 visitors who are set to participate in the 5th Annual Fries 50K on a course recently certified by USA Track and Field.
    The New River Trail course is the first and only USATF-certified 50K course in Virginia.
    This year, for the first time, runners’ finish times will be recorded as official 50K finish times, and they will also receive a 26.2 marathon split time that can be used to qualify for larger races such as the Boston Marathon.

  • Music center sees change as chance for reinvention

    For the past 25 years, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, has guided the development, construction and operation of the Blue Ridge Music Center near Galax.
    Now, the NCTA is shifting its focus and parting ways with the Blue Ridge Parkway’s museum and performance venue devoted to history and future of traditional Appalachian music.
    In a recent letter to local government leaders, Parkway Superintendent Phil Francis talked about the changes and how the music center will use this shift as an opportunity to plan the center’s future.

  • Police seize marijuana, $125,000 in cash

    CHARLOTTESVILLE — An Independence man has been arrested on drug charges and more than $125,000 in cash and other items have been seized by law enforcement officers.
    According to a news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department, Virginia State Police narcotics agents contacted the sheriff’s office on Oct. 1 in reference to an Independence resident who was arrested by the Charlottesville Police Department for alleged possession of more than three pounds of marijuana with the intent to distribute.