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Today's News

  • Grayson Parkway wreck leaves serious injuries

    A two-vehicle accident on U.S. 58 (Grayson Parkway) at the Beech Grove Road intersection on July 13 left at least one person with serious injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper C.W. Keesling.

    A 1998 Jeep Cherokee driven by Luke Wilson, 20, of Galax, was traveling west in the left lane on Grayson Parkway at 8:55 p.m., when a 2001 Ford Taurus driven by Teresa Ann Anauo, 47, of Woodlawn, pulled out in front of him.

  • Readers Hotline 7/13/15

    Still curvy
    I want to comment on the article about the Route 89 new road going into North Carolina. I have driven for 54 years, all over the United States and Canada. You drive that road — I just drove on 89 this past weekend — and you show me where that has helped anything other than maybe making it worse in the curve. It is going to be the same thing that it was. North Carolina is just throwing their money away.

  • We can't erase our history

    Amid the debate about the Confederate flag flying over state and public buildings in the South, some have called for Confederate monuments to come down, too. However, those statues and obelisks — like those that stand on historic courthouse lawns in Hillsville and Independence — are more than simple monuments to generals or soldiers. They’re part of Virginia’s complicated history and should be preserved. This editorial first appeared in The Virginian-Pilot newspaper.

  • BBQ contest fires up again in Galax

    This year’s 11th Annual Smoke on the Mountain Virginia State Barbecue Championship looks to be another landmark competition.

    This year’s contest is July 17-18 in downtown Galax. Teams from all over the country come to Galax to compete. For spectators, there’s live music and food vendors with barbecue (of course) and much more.

    According to Twin County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Judy Brannock, this year’s competition has drawn upwards of 40 teams, the highest number of competitors since Smoke on the Mountain’s beginning.

  • Oak Hall to hold job fair

    INDEPENDENCE — Oak Hall Cap and Gown will hold a job fair on July 17, as it works to fill positions at a new operation in town.

    The event will be held from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Independence Volunteer Fire Department.

    “This is a very reputable company, a leader in their industry, all made in America labels and materials, so this is a very exciting opportunity for us,” said Grayson County Administrator Jonathon Sweet at a July 9 meeting of the Grayson Board of Supervisors.

  • Traffic stop yields multiple drug arrests

    Three people were arrested July 8 on multiple drug charges, following a traffic stop in the Pipers Gap area of Carroll County.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Deputy Trevor Carico made numerous drug arrests in connection with a traffic stop at the intersection of Crooked Creek and Klondike roads. The stop resulted in three arrests for drug violation charges.

    Meth, Oxycodone, prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia were seized, he said.

  • Grayson PSA's first meeting focuses on water projects

    INDEPENDENCE — The new Grayson County Public Service Authority (PSA) met for the first time last Thursday to introduce members — by default, the Board of Supervisors makes up the authority for now — and begin discussions about county projects.

    From the members present (Supervisor John Brewer was absent from the meeting), nominations were made for PSA chair, vice chair and clerk.

  • Galax names new tourism assistant director

    Jessica Milby, the City of Galax’s new assistant director of tourism and community development, has already been hard at work, even though it’s only her second day on the job.

  • Forest service pauses Mount Rogers trail realignment

    The USDA Forest Service is stepping back from trail realignment efforts in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in Grayson, Carroll, Smyth and Wythe counties.

    “We realize we must do a better job of engaging our trail users on this project,” said Area Ranger Beth Merz.

  • Confederate flag raises controversy

    HILLSVILLE — The ongoing debate over the Confederate flag has been a hot and divisive topic throughout the country for weeks now, and recent discussions could bring the argument before Carroll County government, as well.

    The recent disputes over the Confederate flag developed shortly after the tragic incident in Charleston, S.C., where a white gunman who espoused racist beliefs shot and killed nine black churchgoers.

    Despite this recent catalyst for taking down the flag, some say that the change was a long time coming.