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Today's News

  • Anders in stable condition after being shot by deputies

    UPDATE 5/7/13:

    Randy Lee Anders is now in stable condition, according to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan. Charges are still pending the outcome of a Virginia State Police investigation of the shooting.

    ORIGINAL STORY:

  • Removing obstacles to higher education

    A higher education for residents of Galax, Carroll County and Grayson County used to entail a lot of mileage and time away from work and family, not to mention unthinkable amounts of gas money.
    Today, that’s no longer the case.
    After Crossroads Institute opened in 2005, locals were able to take distance learning classes through Wytheville Community College, which offers an assortment of two-year degrees and the opportunity to transfer to even higher institutions of learning.

  • Ponies of the Highlands: Photos & Video

    WHITETOP — Grayson Highlands State Park is a beautiful place to visit, hike, camp or just get away from your regular routine. Just be sure to keep your eye to the sky for fast changing weather conditions and always go prepared.
    After my many visits there, I always had a lingering disappointment in the back of my mind every time I was about to make my way down the long winding road out of the park – I still had yet to see the infamous wild ponies that inhabit the balds of the mountain top, which I had heard so many stories about.

  • APCo rate hike would raise bills by 1.5%

    August hearings are set on proposed rate increases sought by Appalachian Power Co.
    The State Corporation Commission said Monday that it will hold a hearing Aug. 28 on the utility’s request to recover more than $11 million in costs associated with its natural gas-fired power plant in Dresden, Ohio. The deadline for public comments is Aug. 21.
    Appalachian also is seeking to recover more than $38 million associated with installing equipment to meet state and federal environmental requirements.

  • Town listens to concerns about noisy truck brakes

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville citizen is asking the town council to put a stop to the use of compression release engine brakes.
    Patti Ashley approached Hillsville Town Council members during their April 22 meeting to make the request.
    “The use of these are not only very loud, but also are detrimental to the roads, structures and sidewalks,” said Ashley, who owns the Time Factory of Hillsville with her husband. “There are many communities in the United States that prohibit the use of compression braking within municipal limits.”

  • Fugitive in critical condition after being shot by deputies

    INDEPENDENCE — Police say that Randy Lee Anders had threatened to harm law enforcement officers if they tried to apprehend him, and vowed that “he would not be taken alive.”
    On Monday night, as Grayson County Sheriff’s Department deputies closed in on Anders while he hid in a basement room, police say the man drew a gun and appeared ready to back up that threat.

  • Thursday chase yields 10 charges so far

    HILLSVILLE - A Mount Airy, N.C., man faces two felony charges and eight traffic offenses after running from police in both Carroll County and in Surry County, N.C., Thursday.

    At about 1 p.m. Carroll Sgt. Bobby Lyons was traveling south bound U.S. 52 near the old tavern and observed a white BMW traveling north bound at a high rate of speed, according to Sheriff J.B Gardner. Lyons turned on the car, activated his emergency equipment and the BMW increased his speed in an effort to pull away.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 20

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 20 people on a variety of charges on April 26, including forgery, larceny, abduction, child abuse and drug possession.
    Jeffery Alan Brannock was charged with one count of statutory burglary, grand larceny, forgery, uttering a forged document and obtaining money by fraud. Specifically, he was charged with breaking and entering the home or property of Mary Brannock with the intent to commit larceny. He allegedly stole jewelry valued at more than $200 from Mary Brannock and Rachel Williams.

  • Charges against police chief dismissed

    BLAND — A charge of using profane language over a public airway was dismissed against Independence Police Chief James Wagoner on Wednesday following a short hearing in Bland County General District Court.
    Wagoner was charged March 15 with allegedly communicating a threat and using profanity to Investigator Doug Carner of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.
    Carner testified that on March 14, he was traveling on Interstate 77 in Bland County when he received a cell phone call from Wagoner.

  • HoustonFest 2013 Schedule

    A lineup of top bluegrass, old-time and country performers will play at this year’s HoustonFest, “A Celebration of Song and Service,” on May 3-4 at Felts Park in Galax.