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Today's News

  • Elderly tax relief increased

    INDEPENDENCE — More Grayson County residents will now be eligible for a tax relief program after supervisors approved changes to the county’s Elderly and Disabled Tax Relief Program earlier this month.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet brought a recommendation to the board of supervisors last month to increase various aspects of the program — which provides relief for elderly residents on fixed incomes who struggle to pay their taxes.

  • Carroll farmers looking to future

    HILLSVILLE — Cana farmers have asked the Carroll supervisors to approve the creation of an agricultural and forestal district along with the comprehensive plan.
    Bennie Quesenberry, president of the Carroll County Farm Bureau, made the request to the supervisors Dec. 14, at the same meeting where county officials approved the updated comprehensive plan.

    This request follows an informational session from November, organized by Cana farmers with Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent Webb Flowers.

  • Avoid Holiday Headaches

    The holidays are an exciting time of year.
    However, decorating, traveling and even cooking can pose some safety risks.
    Taking simple preventative measures will help you and Santa Claus stay safe during this joyous season.

    Santa Got Stuck in My Chimney

  • One-thirteen, one-oh-eight

     INDEPENDENCE –– The debate will arise every few years about whether high schools should start using a shot clock. In some states it is already in use. Monday at Grayson County, it would have only bogged things down.

    The Blue Devils and Floyd County averaged a field goal attempt every 13 seconds and put a point on the board every eight ticks on average, with the Buffaloes taking a wild 113-108 nondistrict win over Grayson.

  • Lady Cavaliers break into win column with SWD defeat of Grundy

     GRUNDY –– Carroll County pulled away from an eight-point fourth-quarter lead to score their first victory of the season with a 60-38 win over Grundy in a Southwest District game Saturday.

    Trailing 7-4 after the first eight minutes, the Cavaliers gradually pulled out to a 38-30 lead after three quarters of play, then ran away with a 22-8 surge to the end.

    Rachel Dalton and Lindsey Martin each hit three 3-pointers for  Carroll County, Dalton finishing with 13 points and Martin adding 12.

  • One year later, P.O. hostage has new outlook

    Marjorie Austin Crockett is having to force herself to get into the spirit of Christmas, one year after a Tennessee man armed with a fake bomb and four handguns disrupted her workplace during the holidays in 2009.

    Crockett and two others were held for nine hours by the man during an armed standoff with police.
    Today, Crockett — recently married, living in Max Meadows and still working as a letter carrier in Galax — says she has a new outlook on life, even as she copes with the trauma of what she went through last year.

  • Schools cut 'Wired Road' ties

    HILLSVILLE — Fiber optic connections to 10 locations, reliability and a lower price point were factors that led the Carroll School Board to sign up with a major telecom provider.
    Century Link won the bid after the school board sought better service to its schools to support Internet and network communications districtwide, according to information from the schools. Technology such as SmartBoards, Internet applications and online testing caused significant growth in the bandwidth needed to run those programs.

  • A month of fire and ice

    On sub-zero days and nights this month when many of us were huddled inside next to the fireplace, the Galax Volunteer Fire Department was out in the cold dealing with flames that were anything but cozy.
    With temperatures in the teens and wind chill well below zero, firefighters have answered several major calls to house fires.

  • Toys for Tots box stolen

    INDEPENDENCE — Two suspects have been charged in connection with the alleged theft of the Toys For Tots donation box from Dollar General on Nov. 17.
    Independence Police Cpl. Matthew Adams said he received a tip that the suspect police were looking for in the case was in town last Wednesday night.
    Adams, along with Grayson County deputies and Sgt. Gary Hash, were searching the area when the suspect was located in a yard at 403 West Main Street.
    Christopher Michael Cardona, 27, of Elkin, N.C., was arrested and charged with grand larceny.

  • Burcham, Nixon marry

    Penny LaRhonda Burcham and Gregory Todd Nixon exchanged wedding vows Oct. 1, 2010 at 7 p.m., in a candlelight ceremony in the Chapel at the Park in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
    The Rev. Guy Jacob officiated.

    Burcham is the daughter of Peggy Wright Burcham and the late Swanson “Cotton” Burcham. She is the granddaughter of the late Mrs. Iva C. Wright and the late Mr. and Mrs. Howard Burcham.