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Today's News

  • Grayson's Million Dollar Miracle

    INDEPENDENCE —  After attending budget meetings this year, Grayson County teacher Janet Mullins woke up in the middle of the night with an idea.
    As you'd expect from a math teacher, it was a number.
    “I have to raise $1 million,” Mullins realized.

  • A park of their own

    LAMBSBURG — Neighborhood residents feel like they have a place to go for recreation, now that the Lambsburg community group has added the Frank Hawks Memorial Park at the former elementary school.
    The old expanse of asphalt has been patched, painted and transformed into a standard-sized tennis court and a regulation basketball court with a new 14-by-24-foot picnic shelter nearby. New swings and playground equipment stand in a shock-absorbing bed of sand — ready for use for those willing to brave the summer heat.

  • Program targets criminal aliens

    RICHMOND — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that its Secure Communities initiative now has been activated in every county in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
    This biometric information-sharing strategy enables ICE to identify any alien booked into local law enforcement’s custody for a crime. This is part of ICE’s strategy to improve and modernize the identification of criminal aliens and their removal from the United States.

  • Grayson raises real estate tax levy

    INDEPENDENCE – To the displeasure of nearly a dozen citizens in attendance, the Grayson County board of supervisors approved a 44 percent increase in real estate taxes last Wednesday night after months of meetings and work sessions.
    Last week, the county administrator called the tax increase — part of a $20.5 million budget — “unavoidable,” as dozens of citizens turned out and spoke in protest of the change.

  • Traffic pattern on U.S. 58 bypass to change again

    HILLSVILLE — Work on the new Hillsville Bypass in Carroll County will require another traffic change on U.S. 58 this week, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.  
    The tentative date for the change is Wednesday, but it could be adjusted depending on weather.
    Message boards will be in place on 58 to advise motorists of the upcoming traffic change that will affect the eastern end of the bypass project.

  • ARC co-chair visits Twin Counties

    The federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission visited the Crossroads Institute last week to hear the story of regional cooperation in the Twin Counties.

  • 'Save Green' expo a success

    INDEPENDENCE — Despite early misting rain and strong wind gusts, May 8 turned into a sunny day for the first "Save Green: Money & Energy" expo at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence.

  • Putting ICE on it

    Illegal aliens that commit crimes shouldn't be able to slip through the dragnet with the advent of the Secure Communities initiative.
    Law enforcement officials everywhere — even Arizona — have no doubt hailed the announcement of the new Immigration and Customs Enforcement effort.
    A new database launched by ICE will streamline the process of identifying criminal aliens involved in police investigations.

  • Crotts, Webb lead all-Southwest voting

     It’s always quite an honor to be named a district player of the year. When the award goes to a player not on a district championship team, it only carries a little more weight.

    Adam Crotts and Lucas Webb didn’t win a championship in 2010. They certainly earned their district’s respect.

    Crotts was named the Southwest District’s player of the year in baseball while Webb picked up the honor in boys’ soccer in balloting by the district’s coaches recently.

  • Martinez, Reyes, Spurlin lead district voting

     Twin County athletes earned player of the year awards in three of the four spring sports as Mountain Empire District post-season honors were handed down recently.

    Galax took top honors in both boys’ and girls’ soccer and Grayson County had the top softball player. Fort Chiswell was the only other school to crack the player of the year list, earning top honors in baseball after ending Grayson County’s 18-year run of district championships.