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Today's News

  • Newcomer, freshman fighting for 9th District seat

    The race to represent the sprawling 9th Congressional District pits a freshman incumbent who’s made a brief career of speaking out in opposition to federal regulations on coal against a challenger who favors a “bottom-up” economy built on consumption of locally produced goods.
    First-time candidate Democrat Anthony Flaccavento of Abingdon is challenging Republican Morgan Griffith of Salem for the seat.

  • Training center residents learn skills for future

    HILLSVILLE — Even as Virginia’s philosophy of caring for individuals with intellectual disabilities changes, the Southwestern Virginia Training Center will launch a new community outreach effort at 514 W. Stuart Drive.
    Since the training center opened, Parke Quesenberry has seen the trend move away from facility-based care to more community-based services.

  • Company helps wounded veterans, first responders

    Vaughan-Bassett in Galax is donating furniture to an organization that builds houses for wounded military veterans, firefighters and first responders.

  • Parkway issues travel advisory

    Blue Ridge Parkway officials are asking motorists to avoid traveling the parkway at least through Wednesday, especially on sections in Virginia affected by Hurricane Sandy.

    Parkway officials are concerned that a large number of trees may come down as a result of further winds.

  • Vaughn waives right to preliminary hearing

    HILLSVILLE — A Woodlawn man who was picked up on a misdemeanor charge in August but managed to escape from police will now face a grand jury for a felony.
    Toby Lee Vaughn, 23, had an outstanding misdemeanor charge for destroying cemetery property when Deputy Barry Lineberry conducted a vehicle stop on Sharp Road in the Laurel community.
    Lineberry handcuffed Vaughn, but he got loose and ran.

  • Suspicious fire destroys business

    The old Stevens Creek school building was destroyed by a fire that was reported shortly before midnight on Oct. 28.

    The Fries and Galax volunteer fire departments battled the blaze, located on Pine Ridge Lane off Stevens Creek Road, for several hours before it was brought under control.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said arson investigators with the Virginia State Police were due on the scene Monday to begin their investigation. He termed the fire “suspicious.”

  • Ice cream recalled due to allergen

    A recall has been issued for Kay’s Classic vanilla bean ice cream sold by Food City and Super Dollar stores in Virginia.
    Manufacturer Schoep’s Ice Cream Company of Madison, Wis., alerted customers that because of a packaging error, the ice cream contains an undeclared allergen.
    The recall was initiated upon discovery that certain containers of Kay’s vanilla bean ice cream contained Kay’s Butter Pecan Ice Cream.

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  • Woodlawn woman passes away after early Oct. wreck

    UPDATE — An 80-year-old Woodlawn woman involved in a two-vehicle collision Oct. 3 has died.

    Ila Faye Payne passed away Oct. 27 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to an obituary from Vaughan Guynn Funeral Home.

  • Halloween Events Planned: UPDATED

    UPDATED: Due to the remnants of Hurricane Sandy passing through on Wednesday and expected temperatures in the 30s, several Halloween activities — including those in Independence and Galax — have changed venues:

    Oct. 30: Grayson Children's Center