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Today's News

  • Second chance for Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE –– Football is one of the few sports in which you get one shot per season at a certain opponent. There’s no home-and-home in a 10-game schedule, so if things don’t work out, you’ve got to live with that for a year.

    Not this time.

  • Scrappy Tide scrapes by Eagles

    CLINCHPORT –– Having reached the state volleyball quarterfinals three straight years now, Galax knows that the northeasterly route to the final four in Richmond is a circuitous one. It starts with a three-hour excursion in the opposite direction.

  • Blight could spread through Christmas wreath trade

    Agriculture officials have warned nurseries not to spread the boxwood blight through the Christmas wreath trade.
    A fungus that kills boxwoods was found in October 2011 at unidentified nursery businesses in North Carolina with fields in Virginia. That was a first in the region, according to a report from the Virginia Cooperative Extension.
    The fungal pathogen known as Cylindrocladium buxicola causes severe dieback and defoliation in boxwood leaves and branches.

  • Community helps pay church's $12,200 water bill

    HILLSVILLE — Community members have been moved to help relieve the pressure on a  Hillsville church drowning in debt, according to the pastor there.
    An outside water spigot was left on for an extended period at Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church. No one realized it because the water went straight into the town’s sewer system.
    As a result, the church ended up with a $12,200 utilities bill with the town, after a $2,100 discount from Hillsville Town Council.

  • South finds job in North Carolina

    HILLSVILLE — Long-time Hillsville town manager Larry South has taken a job in a place he knows well from his youth.
    North Wilkesboro, N.C., hired South to fill a town manager vacancy there last week, after his almost 19 years of service in Hillsville. He resigned from the post in June.
    A native of Ashe County, N.C., South notes that he watched many a race and bowled in North Wilkesboro while growing up.

  • Board hears from citizens about shooting range

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors met in front of a larger than usual crowd on the evening of Nov. 8 to discuss the idea of creating a shooting range for the public.
    During the board’s October meeting, Assistant County Administrator Mitch Smith said the National Rifle Association had offered Grayson a $25,000 grant to construct a firing range in the county. If the county decides to accept the NRA’s offer, it will have to match the $25,000 to meet the approximate total cost of $50,000.

  • A Monumental Moment for Veterans

    Unveiling of first phase of Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial is an emotional and long-awaited time.

  • Readers' Hotline 11/14/12

    Meddling parents
    It’s obvious for Carroll County athletics, I don’t know what the fuss is over what district we play in. We won’t be competitive as long as athletics are run by the good ole boy network of parents.

    Keep it straight

  • Turns 6

    Madalyn Gregory turned 6 on Oct. 11. She celebrated with a Halloween costume party with her family and friends. She is the daughter of Jimmie and Whitney Gregory and the older sister of Aurora Sky Gregory of Fries.

    Her grandparents are John and Frances Pierce of Fries; William and Vergie Lundy, Shirley and the late Glen Ward and Eddie and Brenda Ward, all of Independence; and Jacky Testerman of North Carolina.

  • She's two

    Madison Abigail Sluss turned two on Oct. 22. She celebrated on Oct. 20 at Fairview Church with a “Wheels on the Bus” birthday party with family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax. She has a brother, Brandon Sluss. Her grandparents are Robert and Regina Lundy of Ennice, N.C., and Bud and Pat Sluss of Tazwell.