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Today's News

  • Developer wants town to take in streets

    HILLSVILLE — A developer hopes that road blocks to turning two private streets over to Hillsville have come down since her last request in 2004.
    Martha Crowder asked that the town take over maintenance of Smythers and Crowder streets, and the request had the backing of one citizen and Mayor Bill Tate.
    Saying she represented taxpayers, landowners and residents of the two tar-and-gravel streets built in 2002, Crowder asked the town council members to take these two streets into their system.

  • Two charged with drug possession

    Two people were arrested in Galax on Tuesday after a traffic stop and charged with possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and a Schedule III drug.
    According to a Galax Police Department report, officers Shawny Jones and Drew Burnett stopped a vehicle operated by Richard D. Hash, 29, of Independence, who was driving on a suspended driver’s license.
    While the traffic stop was being conducted, observations made by the officers resulted in the arrest of a passenger, Leona Peoples, 27, of Independence and Hash.

  • Crossroads buys adjacent property

    New bachelor's and master's degree programs are expected to begin next year, as the Crossroads Institute in Galax expands into a 4,500-square-foot building located at 208 Cranberry Road — formerly the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — adjacent to the Crossroads campus. 

    Crossroads officials say this acquisition will allow the institute to expand its training, education and business development capabilities.

  • 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.