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Today's News

  • Floyd deals Galax first loss

    FLOYD -- Floyd County brought an end to Galax’s season-opening four-match win streak and remained undefeated itself on the young season with a convincing 5-1 win Monday. Though the Buffaloes (5-0) put five shots on goal to the Maroon Tide’s one in the first half, Galax (4-1) managed to stay within a goal heading into the second half, trailing just 2-1. Maroon Tide keeper Ab

  • Help For The Homeless

    The world has a big problem with homeless people, yet no one seems to help them.

    We are all equal but they have no choice but to survive outdoors. We look at them like they are scum, and think if they wanted to they could have made something of themselves.

    In all cases that's not true. Many homeless people are veterans, who served our country to help us. What do we do for them? Really, we do nothing at all.

    The government needs to pay respect to our veterans. They fought for our country, and went through a whole lot more than anyone should.

  • No Lack Of Planning

    This is in response to The Gazette’s editorial, which implied that the Grayson County Public School system lacks sound fiscal planning.

    A comparison was made between Carroll County Public Schools and Grayson County Public Schools, but these two systems have completely different funding issues.

    The Carroll school system is fortunate to have excellent support from its board of supervisors. The Carroll supervisors provide approximately $2 million to the school system above minimum funding required by the state.

  • Grayson is committed to education

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors feels it is important to communicate and inform citizens on important issues, and from time to time to provide relevant facts that impact or have potential to impact taxpayers of Grayson County.

    The board does not wish to perpetuate any back-and-forth regarding school funding, nor interject any opinion about fellow elected officials.

    We all serve an important role and the board has been, and will continue to be, a committed partner to education.

  • Dangerous weekend for motorcycles

    Motorcycles have taken to the streets and country roads with the onset of warm weather, leading to three accidents with injuries over the weekend.

    A passenger who was riding a 2007 Suzuki remained in critical condition as of Monday at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., and the driver is in good condition after a collision with a pickup truck.

    This incident occurred at about 4:20 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Virginia 608, according to a Virginia State Police report from Trooper Dean Horton.

  • Grayson courthouse awarded 'green' grant

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will receive more than $808,000 in energy conservation grants to assist with a $1.2 million courthouse enhancement project that make the government building a learning lab for advanced “green” technologies.

    Grayson will work with Wytheville Community College to develop solar and other renewable energy technologies.

  • Road repairs to begin in Galax

    Repairs to the roads in Galax will begin sometime after April 12, when asphalt plants begin production, according to City Manager Keith Barker.

    For now, potholes and pavement hazards on main roads in the city, including East Stuart Drive and Main Street, are being sealed with cold patch asphalt.

    This is a temporary fix, Barker said, because the pliable cold patch material can easily sink in or be pulled out of the road.

    City road crews will spend a majority of the spring patching potholes caused during the harsh winter.

  • Treading lightly on the environment

    When it comes to his waste tire disposal business, owner Ben Bryant refuses to think small.

    Estimates say there are as many waste tires in Virginia as people each year, meaning there's plenty of potential business out there for New River Tire Recycling.

    Tires act as mosquito magnets when full of water. They burn hot in a fire and can be a nuisance to dispose of.

    But those are three problems that Bryant's business can solve.

    "We'd love a million if we were really shooting for the stars," he said about the volume of business he wants to do.

  • Mebane, N.C., man dies in fatal accident

    A 52-year-old Mebane, N.C., died as the result of injuries sustained in a high-speed, single-vehicle crash on Interstate 77 in Carroll County Tuesday night, according to a Virginia State Police Report.

    Terry Vaughn Black was not wearing a seat belt as he headed north bound on Interstate 77 at 85 mph, driving a 1992 Jeep Cherokee, according to an incident report by Trooper C.H. Campbell.

    The accident occurred at about 11:26 p.m. around the 21 mile marker.

  • Man dies in tractor accident

    HILLSVILLE — A well-known farmer in Carroll County fell victim to an accident last Saturday while working on his tractor.

    Kenneth Owen Dalton, 47, of 3534 Terry's Mill Road in Meadows of Dan, was found under his tractor tire, said a report by Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputies. He had been working on his dual-wheel tractor at the time of the accident.

    A family member returned home to find Dalton had suffered the accident at about 3:13 p.m.