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Today's News

  • Galax boys, girls seventh in finale

     THE PLAINS –– Top-10 finishes for a pair of individuals and seventh-place showings for both Galax’s teams punctuated a year full of highlights for Twin County cross country runners as the season drew to a close with the VHSL championships at the Great Meadow course near Manassas on Nov. 13.

  • XC teams post strong finishes

     PEARISBURG –– Galax advanced both its girls’ and boys’ teams to the state meet and the Maroon Tide’s Travis Cockerham missed by a whisker winning the boys’ individual championship, finishing a close second to Glenvar’s James Kasper at the Region C cross country championships in Pearisburg.

    Cockerham, a junior, led throughout most of the 3-mile course until Kasper made a late charge, nipping the Maroon Tide runner at the finish despite Cockerham’s diving lunge at the line.

  • Students to transfer after break

     FRIES — Providence Elementary School students will officially transfer to Fries School in the second semester.

    Renovations at Fries School are nearing completion, said school administrators during a Grayson County School Board meeting on Nov. 8. 

    A ribbon-cutting will be held at Fries School at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 14.

    “This will be an exciting event to have the new addition open at Fries,” said schools' Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas.

  • Camp Dickenson celebrates 40 years

     For most children, attending Camp Dickenson is their first experience away from home and family. 

    While some kids are reluctant to stay overnight, by the end of the week, they've had so much fun they don't want to leave. 

    "They say things like, 'Mom, can I please stay?,'" said Michael Snow, director of Camp Dickenson, a Christian retreat in Fries. 

  • Tax relief for elderly could expand

     INDEPENDENCE — More Grayson County residents could soon be eligible for a tax relief program.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet brought a recommendation to the board of supervisors on Nov. 10 to increase various aspects of a program that provides relief for elderly residents of the county who struggle to pay their taxes on fixed incomes.

    Sweet said he and Commissioner of Revenue Larry Bolt recommend that the board consider increasing all three phases of the program.

  • Father, son indicted for drug conspiracy

     ABINGDON — A father and son from Grayson County and two other suspects have been indicted by a Federal grand jury in U.S. District Court in Abingdon on drug, weapons and other charges.

    Lorne Sidney Anders; his son, Arlin James Anders; Michael Leon Cooper and Ricardo “Ricky” Lopez-Zuniga were indicted when the grand jury met on Nov. 2.

    Eleven different counts were returned by the grand jury.

  • Commission gathering annexation data

     HILLSVILLE — The Commission on Local Government's information gathering phase for the Carroll County-Hillsville boundary adjustment got off to a quiet start Monday. 

    All boundary changes go through this state commission, including the proposal to expand the town's borders west beyond the busy commercial area at Interstate 77's Exit 14 and a second residential area on Howlett Street.

  • Two killed in massive I-77 crash

    FANCY GAP  — Photos taken by the Virginia State Police, of vehicles crumpled and wedged together on fog-bound Interstate 77, told the story of Tuesday's massive pileup in Carroll County near the North Carolina border.

    One hazy picture of the scene shows what looks like a GMC Suburban with West Virginia plates on top of a silver car and a white SUV next to a tractor-trailer. A door, possibly of the white SUV with a gaping hole in the side, lays on the ground next to highway markings.

  • Woodlawn residents breathing easier

     HILLSVILLE — Woodlawn smells better after work by the Carroll Public Service Authority to correct an odor problem there, a citizen reported at the PSA meeting last Thursday.

    Community resident Robin Whittington shared his take on the rotten egg odor that started after the Woodlawn sewer system came online this year.

    Whittington has been one of several citizens who brought the smell to the PSA's attention, but as of Nov. 11 he had gotten a whiff of improvement.

  • Project could address flooding

     A flood damage reduction program would help to prevent flooding of Chestnut Creek, Galax City Manager Keith Barker told Galax City Council last Monday. 

    About two years ago, city staff met with representatives of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture, staff from Rep. Rick Boucher's office and the Army Corps of Engineers in regards to maintenance of Chestnut Creek.