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Today's News

  • Getting Fit for L.I.F.E.

    Hospital staff teared up and cheered as their co-workers strutted into the room with their new looks, beaming smiles and improved bodies on Friday during the Twin County Regional Hospital's own version of the “Biggest Loser” makeover.
    “The 'Biggest Loser' competition has made an immeasurable impact on my life,” said David Payne, director of radiology, who lost 28 pounds in the challenge. “It has helped me transform my life into a healthier, happier lifestyle. I feel better than I can ever remember.”

  • Traffic stops lead to six drug arrests

    Three recent traffic stops have resulted in the arrest of six individuals on drug charges in the City of Galax, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.
    Police Officer Jake Vaughan conducted a traffic stop on Poplar Knob Road on Jan. 10, and during a search of the vehicle, Vaughan discovered suspected narcotics.

  • Districts offer farmers protection

    HILLSVILLE  —  Ag and forestal districts in Wythe County have managed to hold off town annexations and a transmission power line in the 30 years they’ve existed, said one participant.
    Dairy farmer Eric Crowgey spoke to a roomful of about 40 people interested in learning about ag and forestal districts in Carroll County on Jan. 6. He shared history, insight and tips about the voluntary protection for rural land in Wythe County.

  • Taylor could serve 5 years for child porn

    UPDATED JANUARY 21, 2011:

  • A new sheriff in town

    FRIES—There will be a new sheriff in town on March 1 in the small town of Fries, after an agreement was met for the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office to provide police coverage.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan presented the proposed agreement to the Grayson Board of Supervisors on Jan. 13 and explained that the Fries Town Council had already approved the contract.

  • Churches celebrate King's legacy

    With a theme of “Expect a Miracle,” the message to the congregation was to keep on dreaming, as churches in the community united on Jan. 17 at Gospel Temple #2 in Galax to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Galax Vice Mayor Willie Greene told the congregation to use their freedom to be great.
    “Martin Luther King said it doesn't matter what job you get,” he said. “Get a job, and be the best you can be at it... We have the freedom to be great, and anything less is to be a slave again.

  • Carroll cuts farm tax in half

    HILLSVILLE — Planting the seeds of tax cuts for farmers, the Carroll supervisors talked Jan. 13 about doing away with a levy on agricultural equipment in its next budget year.
    Supervisor Andy Jackson brought up the idea for discussion near the end of an eventful January meeting, and his fellow board members felt they could phase the idea in.
    Farming has outlasted other industries that have come and gone, Jackson said. Farming has a continuing, and increasingly diversified, presence in Carroll.

  • Family loses home, belongings in fire

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County couple and their four children lost their home, a family pet, clothes and possessions in a Tuesday night fire.
    Independence Volunteer Fire Department responded at 9:55 p.m. to a fire at the home of Aaron and Samantha Davis on Wilson Highway.
    Nearly 20 firefighters were on the scene until around 3 a.m. Wednesday, an IVFD spokesman said.
    Tankers from Piney Creek, N.C., Fire Department and Rugby Volunteer Fire Department also responded. Elk Creek Volunteer Fire Department was on standby.

  • Authority to wait on fluoride decision

    INDEPENDENCE — The Virginia/Carolina Water Authority agreed last week not to take any action concerning fluoride until the new recommended levels could be decided.
    A handout from Jerry Brooks of the People for a Cleaner Environment stated that the nation’s top health official, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, had announced plans to lower the agency’s maximum recommended fluoride level from 1.2 milligrams per liter of water to 0.7.

  • Prisoner injured in holding cell fight

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County man who was making his first appearance last Monday in Grayson General District Court now faces another charge after he was allegedly involved in a fist fight with another prisoner.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Rodney Edward Black, was in a holding cell with other prisoners when he allegedly got into a fight with another prisoner. Vaughan did not identify the other prisoner, who was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax by the Independence Volunteer Rescue Squad and received stitches for a head wound.