Today's News

  • I-77 blasting to begin in Carroll

    Rolling roadblocks will be used Monday and Tuesday on Interstate 77 in Carroll County between mile markers two and four while blasting is underway to remove rocks from a slope.
    To accommodate the July 4 holiday traffic, adjustments have been made to the work schedule.
    Roadblocks will be used in the northbound and southbound lanes Monday-Tuesday so that crews can conduct two blasts in the area.
    The first rolling roadblock begins at 8:30 a.m. The second will be used after traffic from the earlier blast has cleared — around 10:30 a.m.

  • Grayson to name new school chief

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board will hold a special called meeting Monday to appoint a new superintendent for the school system.
    The meeting in the Grayson County Courthouse Boardroom will begin with a closed session at 5:30 p.m., followed by an open session beginning at 6 p.m.
    At that time, the new school chief will be introduced. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.
    Division Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas is leaving June 30 after serving in the position for the last six years.

  • Galax gets $1.4M for 'Bottom' project

    The City of Galax has been awarded $1.4 million for the Galax Bottom Neighborhood Revitalization project to address storm drainage issues and blight of homes and businesses.
    Galax City Manager Keith Barker said the city was notified on Tuesday that it would receive the award from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The city will receive $800,000 now, and $600,000 later.
    “We’re very excited and pleased about the grant,” said Barker.

  • Doe Run restaurant to re-open

    Foodies and music fans could once again bask in sun or torchlight on the expansive patio of Doe Run when its restaurant opens again this summer.
    Deborah Simmons can remember when Doe Run was the must-visit destination for food and fun in the region, when she enjoyed musical entertainment on the patio herself.
    She wants to revive interest in the resort that straddles the Carroll-Patrick county line at Groundhog Mountain, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Vaughan retires after 5 decades behind the wheel


    FRIES — Joe Vaughan of Fries attended an awards assembly at Fries School last month and had a surprised look on his face when he was called to the stage to receive an award from principal Elizabeth Brown.
    Vaughan wasn’t expecting an award that day, and he probably didn’t think he would drive a school bus for Grayson County for nearly 60 years, starting in 1954.

  • $10 fee for late-paid decals begins July 1

    A new Virginia law adds a $10 late fee if customers renew their vehicle registration decals from the Department of Motor Vehicles after they expire.
    “Unlike many other government agencies and private businesses, DMV does not currently charge a late fee,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. “As long as Virginians renew before their decals expire, this new fee will not affect them.”
    Customers are encouraged to renew decals at www.dmvNOW.com or via telephone at 1-888-337-4782.

  • Grayson school board honors Thomas


  • Coon Ridge water project receives state funding


  • Readers' Hotline 6/20/12

    Why were trees cut?
    Why did they cut down the beautiful Bradford Pear trees in front of the library in Hillsville? If you could find that answer out it would be good, because they were beautiful.
    Editor’s note: The pear trees were cut as part of the library renovation. They were getting too large and huge limbs were falling off, something that happens to older Bradford Pear trees. They were replaced with a kind of plum tree.

    Days of slavery

  • Grayson revises trash ordinance

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson residents that quality for the county’s tax relief programs for the elderly, disabled and disabled veterans will no longer be required to pay for trash collection, after supervisors approved changes to the county’s solid waste disposal and collection ordinance earlier this month.
    Supervisors held a public hearing during their regular June meeting to discuss potential changes to the 3-year-old ordinance, which has not been very popular since it was enacted on July 1, 2009.