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Today's News

  • Local Food Lion not on closing list

    While Food Lion is closing more than 100 stores, the location in Hillsville is not one of them.
    The local grocery is not on Food Lion’s list of underperforming stores set to close in the next 30 days.
    In Virginia, Food Lion stores in Roanoke and Radford will close, according to Delhaize, the Belgian supermarket chain that operates the Food Lion brand. Though nearby Mount Airy, N.C., has four Food Lions, none are on the chopping block.

  • How to keep up with the General Assembly

     

  • Readers' Hotline 1/18/12

    No harm done
    I’m calling in response to “wrong way.” I was spanked with a switch and I turned out all right. My parents were spanked with a switch and they turned out all right. I tell you what spanking you with a switch teaches you — it teaches that you obey the first time without getting a whipping but you can go ahead and let them do anything they please, give them everything they want and then let them live like hell and that might be where they wind up. Beware.

    Do as you please

  • Funk earns academic A-A honors at Wise

     WISE –– Megan Funk, a senior at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, has been named to the Academic All-American team by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

    To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, must be a junior or senior and must maintain good standing at his or her institution.

  • Maroon Tide protects top spot

    Grayson County has made great strides in its girls’ basketball program from a year ago. Galax remains a step or two ahead.

    The Maroon Tide jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter and never faltered the rest of the night, taking sole possession of the Mountain Empire District’s top spot with a 60-39 win Friday.

    Galax improved its overall record to 10-3 while staying undefeated in the MED with a 3-0 mark. Grayson County dropped to 2-1 in the league, 5-7 overall.

  • Galax tops Devils to go 8-0

    Galax continued its hot start and remained undefeated after running past Grayson County 66-52 in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game Friday night.

    The Maroon Tide is perfect after eight outings and improved to 3-0 in the district while Grayson County fell to 7-7 overall and 1-2 in the district.

    The defending Division 1 state champs led from wire to wire thanks to a torrid start by Eddie Hanks. The senior guard scored 11 of his team’s first 15 points and gathered five rebounds in the first period.

  • Grant pays for pet adoption weekend

     

  • Drawing from Nature

     

  • Readers' Hotline 1/16/12

    Deer everywhere
    Talk about all the dangers of deer. My son-in-law is a long haul truck driver. In some state away from here, he hit four at one time because he couldn’t stop and it killed every one of them. He was not hurt but he was really upset about it. These here in town are really getting to be a sight again. They are just everywhere. It is a shame because they are beautiful.

    Too late

  • Supervisors to review solid waste ordinance

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson supervisors will begin a review of the highly controversial solid waste ordinance that was enacted in 2009 and caused a great deal of dissent in the county.
    The fee, which mandates each county resident pay a $3 weekly fee to receive trash collection, has been a highly debated topic since it was first put into place.
    Citizens have argued that trash services were included in their taxes and that the fee was just another way for the county to raise taxes without increasing the levy.