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Today's News

  • Grayson overruns Bland Co.

    BASTIAN –– Grayson County’s first possession may have been a disaster, but the final three quarters were definitely catastrophic for Bland County.

    Grayson County shook off a ragged start and scored three touchdowns in the final 8:10 of the first half, eventually racing away with a 51-12 win in a Mountain Empire District game Friday.

    The Blue Devils got back above the .500 mark at 4-3 overall and squared their district record at 1-1. Bland County dropped its 21st straight game, falling to 0-7, 0-2.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway reopens all visitor services

    Blue Ridge Parkway managers announced in a news release on Thursday that park operations are once again open and available to visitors. Visitors can access all facilities, campgrounds, and other public services that were open prior to October 1, when operations closed due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.

  • Carroll dams recovering from floods

    Two hydroelectric dams that faced a crisis during unusually wet weather in January still haven’t fully recovered almost 10 months later, according to Appalachian Power Co. officials.
    New River levels after that storm caused flooding and raised concerns about the integrity of the Byllesby and Buck dams and warnings went out for residents to be ready to take action in the case the dams failed at the time, particularly in Wythe County.

  • Former school board member challenges incumbent

    HILLSVILLE — Two candidates who sought election to represent the Fancy Gap District on the Carroll County School Board two years ago will compete for the office again in the Nov. 5 general election.
    Incumbent Joey Haynes has been challenged by Phillip Berrier, the former school board member who lost to Haynes in a four-way race in 2011.
    Some of the campaigning has brought up decisions made in connection with the countywide school improvement program, particularly improvements at the high school and the grade structure at St. Paul School.

  • Suspects charged with multiple break-ins

    INDEPENDENCE — Investigators from Grayson and Carroll counties have arrested two suspects in a string of break-ins at churches in the Fries area and other incidents as far away as Michigan, according to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

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  • Cassell seeks to retain Elk Creek seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Incumbent Misty Cassell will face Fred Weatherman for the Elk Creek seat on the Grayson County School Board in the upcoming Nov. 5 election.
    Cassell has served on the school board since 2006, acting as chairperson for two years. She works for Family Preservation Services as a therapeutic day treatment counselor at Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County. She is also an active member of First United Methodist Church in Independence and serves as a Sunday school teacher in the elementary class.

  • Town plans to capitalize on tourism

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville sits at a unique intersection of geography and culture.
    The town is at the crossroads of Interstate 77 and four major highways, on the route of major musical destinations along the Crooked Road, just north of the Blue Ridge Parkway, close to the popular New River Trail State Park, so officials hope a new tourism plan mapping out a way to bring in more visitors could help Hillsville’s economy turn a corner in the long run.

  • Chase in two states end with crash

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    A 29-year-old Galax woman faces several charges following a low-speed pursuit Saturday night that started in Galax, continued into Grayson County and Alleghany County, N.C., and ended back in Galax.
    Capt. James Cox of the Galax Police Department said Officer Trevor Jefferson spotted a Ford Mustang parked behind Hillcrest Baptist Church on Virginia 89/South Main Street around 10:15 p.m. on Oct. 12. When he pulled up behind the vehicle, the driver, identified as Amber Blevins, pulled off and headed south on 89.

  • Turns 90

    Josie Criner was honored with a party to celebrate her 90th birthday Aug. 16 at Fairview Baptist Church.