Today's News

  • Salts, Grayson blank Chilhowie

    INDEPENDENCE –– Jared Salts gave up basketball his senior year so he could spend the winter working out for baseball.

    He apparently spent his free time wisely.

    Salts kept Chilhowie’s batting order quiet while Grayson County made noise most of the afternoon, rolling to an 8-0 nondistrict win Friday at GNB Park.

    A right-handed senior, Salts faced one batter more than the minimum through four and one-thirds innings before allowing his first base hit, and settled for a neat three-hitter, striking out nine and walking two. 

  • Immigration status checks accelerated

    RICHMOND — By June 1, state government agencies must begin checking whether new hires are eligible to work in this country, Gov. Bob McDonnell has ordered — a date 18 months before a law requiring the checks is scheduled to take effect.
    Last year, the General Assembly approved legislation requiring the state to participate in E-Verify, a federal Internet-based system that enables employers to determine whether their employees legally can be employed. The effective date of that legislation is Dec. 1, 2012.

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  • 'Tragedy' play would be a powerful event

    By Gene Dalton of Hillsville

    The Carroll County Centennial Citizens Committee should rethink its decision to not do a play or some type of production on the 100th anniversary of the “Carroll County Courthouse tragedy.”
    While growing up in Carroll County, I often heard about the “Hillsville courthouse shooting.” It is a major piece of local and national history.
    So, I was disappointed to hear of the decision. It's a most interesting story.

  • County attorney addresses conflict, taxes

    HILLSVILLE — Two suggestions brought up by citizens at the Carroll supervisors meeting March 14 elicited quick responses from the county attorney.
    Debby Brady Goad expressed concerns about delinquent taxes not being collected and Mike Goldwasser asked the supervisors to consider getting the attorney general's office to provide an opinion about a perceived conflict of interest by a county official.
    During her time, Goad told the supervisors she noticed that Roanoke County had published its delinquent taxes list in the newspaper.

  • 10 Commandments won't hang in Grayson schools


    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County became the latest school system in Southwest Virginia to become involved in the debate over public display of the Ten Commandments.
    The school system has denied requests to hang the biblical laws. Giles County and other districts in Virginia have been the center of public debate over the separation of church and state.

  • Empty Bowls, Full Hearts


  • Jimmy Ballard, business leader, passes away


  • Bipartisan committee tackles redistricting

    RICHMOND — What would Virginia's General Assembly and congressional districts look like if they were drawn without any partisan political motives?
    What if they were made as compact and contiguous as possible and linked communities with common interests, with no regard for where incumbent officeholders live?

  • Town considers Sunday alcohol sales


    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council could once again consider allowing alcohol sales on Sundays.
    Citizen Kip Blevins addressed council during a public comment portion of the monthly meeting March 8. He noted that alcohol can be purchased on Sundays in other nearby localities and pointed out that the town is losing revenue from those sales.
    “This needs to be strongly looked at and strongly addressed,” Blevins said.