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Today's News

  • Road fixes take time

    If there’s anything that the Twin Counties are tired of right now, it’s rain. We’re tired of rain forecasts, stories about floods and announcements about road closures.
    Thankfully, things appear to be clearing up at this point. The ground is drying up, repairs are being made, and events are going forward as planned…. and yes, this means a green light for the fiddlers’ convention.
    The city, however, is feeling quite an aftershock.

  • Felons' voting rights will be restored

    If all goes according to plan, Gov. Bob McDonnell’s administration projects that over six months, it can restore voting rights to one in 10 eligible people who lost them to nonviolent felony convictions.
    That bold undertaking, which could benefit 10,000 of an estimated 100,000 nonviolent felons who’ve completed their terms, is not without its challenges, though.
    Chief among them is locating scores of Virginians who forfeited their rights to vote, a task complicated by a system of spotty electronic state records that go back only to 1995.

  • Heavy equipment auction could be Carroll's largest ever

    HILLSVILLE — Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers will put at least 200 lots of heavy construction equipment on the block at an Aug. 14 sale at Wildwood.
    The auction company welcomes more consigners, but the majority of the lots, 180, come from DLB Construction in Hillsville.
    Owner Don Branscome selected Ritchie Bros. for the auction based on their wide marketing campaigns and international reach when it comes to sales.

  • APCo to invest $3.9M in Wildwood

    The Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) held its regional economic development briefing on Tuesday at Crossroads Institute, where members gave a progress update on several regional initiatives and projects in Carroll County, Grayson County and the City of Galax.

  • Woodlawn man killed in Tennessee crash

    HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — A 45-year-old Woodlawn, Va., man was among the four people killed when a tractor-trailer struck a cow on Interstate 40 and set in motion a crash with two other vehicles Tuesday evening.
    Reports name Brian Lederer of Woodlawn as a passenger in the tractor trailer and the driver as Rodney Price, 49, from North Carolina, both of whom died after the incident, according to WTVF Channel 5 and other Tennessee news outlets.

  • Police say suspect took off after traffic stop

    HILLSVILLE — Confronted with a Monday afternoon traffic stop on U.S. 58 by a Hillsville police officer for nothing more significant than improper registration, a 49-year-old Woodlawn man decided to jackrabbit from the scene.
    Investigator Alan Gravley reported that he saw an improperly registered red 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage driven by Ronald Lee Davis and pulled it over at about 2:45 p.m. near Gardners Mill Road, according to an Hillsville Police Department news release.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/24/13

    Show me the money
    What happened to all the money they were going to put into the hospital? I noticed they put a new roof on it and it still is pouring water everywhere when I was up there visiting my family member. It looks like they are short on help to take care of patients or to register people. What is going on up there?

  • Oracle Institute project proceeds, fundraiser planned

    INDEPENDENCE — In between the unpredictable bouts of rain over the past several weeks, Oracle Institute founder Laura George is excited to see the dramatic changes at the site of the organization’s Peace Pentagon.
    The 7,500-square-foot building will finally put a roof over the interfaith organization in Grayson County. The pentagon’s five points are symbolic for the five major world religions: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam.

  • Candidate seeks seat in Wilson District

    INDEPENDENCE — Arnold Peters of Troutdale has announced his candidacy for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors in the Nov. 5 general election.
    The seat is currently vacant after Mike Maynard passed away last month.
    Peters will run as an independent against Democrat Kate Irwin and Republican Glen “Eddie” Rosenbaum.
    Peters, a deputy for the Grayson County Sheriff's Department, said he had been involved in some sort of public service work since 1986.

  • Grand jury will hear Anders' case

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County man who was shot during an altercation with officers from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department appeared in Grayson County General District Court on Monday for a preliminary hearing.
    Randy Lee Anders, 32, was charged with two felony counts of assault on a police officer, two counts of obstruction of justice and two counts of brandishing a firearm.
    Judge Randal Duncan bound Anders over for action by a grand jury on the two felony counts of assault on a police officer.