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Today's News

  • Stolen truck recovered in N.C.

    INDEPENDENCE — A pickup truck stolen from Lightning Lube on U.S. 58, just outside Independence, has been recovered in a parking lot in Greensboro, N.C.
    Chief Deputy Mike Hash of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department said the 1987 Mazda, owned by Lightning Lube, was taken some time between 5:30 p.m. Aug. 27 and when the business was opened Aug. 29.
    The pickup was reported stolen and a Greensboro police officer spotted it.
    Hash said no arrests had been made in the case and the investigation is continuing.

  • Carroll proposes AmerLink settlement

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll officials may have found a better way to end the county's entanglements with AmerLink and Pro-Form Construction than a full-blown trial in bankruptcy court, now that the owner of the two companies has been hit with a $25 million lawsuit.

  • Building Enthusiasm

    HILLSVILLE — Students, educators, churches and community members will build a new home on a foundation laid by organizers of the Greater Carroll County Chapter of the Fuller Center for Housing.

  • Galax offers citizens prescription discount program

    The City of Galax will soon introduce a program providing its residents with a new tool that can provide some relief from the high cost of prescriptions.
    The city is making free prescription drug discount cards available to all city residents through a program sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC). The discount cards offer average savings of 20 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.
    The cards will be available on Oct. 12. A future announcement will provide information on how and when residents may obtain them.

  • Immigrants can no longer use employment papers to get driver's license

    Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles will no longer accept a federal employment document provided to immigrants as proof of legal presence as part of an application for a state driver’s license or identification card.
    That mandate from Gov. Bob McDonnell comes amid concerns about whether the document reflects a person’s status in the country.
    In a statement, the governor’s office said that an individual can possess that work authorization form even if deportation is pending.

  • Police warn of scam in Western Grayson

    Police are warning senior citizens living in the western end of Grayson County about flim-flammers working in their area.
    Chief Deputy Mike Hash of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department said a man and woman traveling in a white van recently stopped at homes in the Mouth of Wilson area.
    They told homeowners that they wanted to cut some brush and put flags in their yards.
    Hash said one elderly woman paid $3,500 to get her driveway topped.

  • Religious freedom is under attack

    As an American and a follower of Jesus, I am shocked and embarrassed by the ongoing attacks on freedom of religion in our country.
    Our forefathers were committed to making this a country where freedom of religion was guaranteed, so much so that it is covered the first sentence in the First Amendment to our Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
    Clearly it was their intention to be sure that in America everyone had the freedom to worship as they chose.

  • Tide regroups, tops Pioneers

     MAX MEADOWS –– This is why they play best-of-five instead of best-of-one.

    Galax could do little right in a hiccup of a second game but did very little wrong the rest of the night, taking a 25-13, 21-25, 25-8, 25-13 win over Fort Chiswell in a Mountain Empire District match Thursday.

    After breezing to a 13-point win in the opening set, Galax (4-1 overall, 1-0 district) simply had trouble putting the ball where it wanted it in the second.

  • Carroll County brought back to earth

     CHRISTIANSBURG –– On the bright side, Carroll County is still averaging 294 rushing yards in its last two games.

    One week after one of the most productive nights of offense in school history, Christiansburg held the Cavaliers to one of their least productive, thoroughly trouncing Carroll 40-0 in a nondistrict game Friday.

    The Cavaliers (1-2) were coming off a 560-yard rushing effort in a 47-19 thumping of Patrick County, but could muster less than half as many yards (28) Friday as it had rushing attempts (61) the week before.

  • Devils finish strong, win 55-20

     INDEPENDENCE -It took Grayson County a long time to get started but once the Blue Devils found their stride they rolled over the Rural Retreat Indians, 55-20, in a nondistrict game played at Bill Strong Field Friday. 

    Rural Retreat came into the game the underdog but they didn’t play like underdogs in the first period. 

    The Indians put together a good first drive but Xavier Rodriguez ended the threat when he picked off a Zayne Williams pass at the Blue Devil 26.