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Today's News

  • Commerce park receives $1.75M grant

    The Virginia Tobacco Commission has awarded a fifth “megasite” grant for the Wildwood Commerce Park in the amount of $1.75 million.

    This grant award follows earlier tobacco commission grants totaling $12.3 million for the purchase and development of Wildwood, a regional commerce park at Interstate 77’s Exit 19 in Carroll County that has been under development for several years.

    Megasite projects are defined as those that should generate at least 400 jobs and $250 million in private investment.

  • Driver injured, charged in Poplar Knob crash

    At approximately 8:15 p.m. on May 27, Galax police responded to a report of a vehicle overturned on Poplar Knob Road just east of Country Club Lane, according to Capt. James Cox.

    A 1983 Ford F-150 pickup, operated by Mitchell Eugene Robinson, 50, of Mount Airy, N.C., was traveling west on Poplar Knob, said Cox.

    The vehicle left the right side of the highway on a curve, crossed into the eastbound lane and overturned.

    Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $8,000.

  • Dump truck crashes through I-77 guardrail

    A single-vehicle accident on Interstate 77 southbound at 2:09 p.m. June 11 left the driver with only mild injuries, said Virginia State Trooper S.E. Kinney.

    The accident took place near the North Carolina line when a 1994 Ford dump truck, driven by Timothy D. Griffin, 44, of Mount Airy, N.C., ran off the right side of the road and crashed into a guardrail, Kinney said.

  • Traffic will follow new pattern on 58 in Carroll

    A traffic pattern change for U.S. 58 in Carroll County will go into effect June 16.

    The new pattern will begin 0.10-mile east of the Carroll/Floyd county line and extend east for 0.70-mile to Virginia 780 (Turnip Patch Road).

    Traffic will be placed on a newly-constructed section of the eastbound lane in order to construct the westbound lanes.

    Directional signs and pavement markings will be in place to direct motorists. Traffic delays are possible during the transition to the new pattern.

    The change will occur if weather permits.

  • Search begins for new Grayson school chief

    INDEPENDENCE — The search is underway for Grayson County Schools’ new superintendent, and the school board says it is dedicated to finding the perfect candidate to fill the seat.

    Members of the board met on Thursday to discuss strategy with Peter Sengenberger, assistant executive director of the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA).

  • Carroll, Galax win state championships

    Complete coverage of state championship results will appear online and in Wednesday’s print edition. 


    LYNCHBURG –– So this is what it feels like.

    Carroll County won the first state championship in a team sport in the school’s 46-year history Saturday, squeaking past defending champion Woodgrove 1-0 in the Group 4A title game at Liberty University’s Kamphius Field.

  • Finally, the finals

    LYNCHBURG –– Carroll County softball coach Rick Nester found himself in quite the quandary after his team’s 3-2 win Friday over Deep Creek in the Group 4A state softball semifinals. His Cavaliers played their way into Saturday’s 10 a.m. state title game, and his son had wooed himself into a wedding scheduled months beforehand for later in Saturday afternoon.

    Somebody in Carroll County was going to get a ring Saturday. The only question was, how many somebodies?

  • Belton seeks re-election to Grayson supervisors

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Kenneth Belton has announced his plans to run for re-election for another term on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors representing the Oldtown District.

    In making his announcement, Belton, who lives in the Baywood community, said, “I believe in making fair decisions for the entire community with no personal agendas. I want to work to make Grayson County schools something parents, teacher, students and citizens can be proud of.

  • Toy Story: local boy brightens hospital stay for young patients

    INDEPENDENCE — Christmas came about six months early for the children at Carilion Roanoke Memorial’s pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) this year.

    A previous patient at the facility, Daniel Jones, 9, of Independence, wasn’t very excited about going back for his check-up on May 31. So, to make the trip more positive, he and his family decided to bring something along with them: a mini-van stuffed full of toys for the other patients.

  • Vendors sought to keep market fresh

    Nancy Sawyers, on-site market manager for the Galax Farmers’ Market, is hard to pin down.

    Possibly that’s because she’s traveling far and wide to recruit potential vendors, and wants as many as she can get. An Iowa native who grew up in Florida and spent slightly under four decades in California, some of them as a chef, she’s humming with energy. In jeans, a jaunty cap and a vest, she granted a brief and lively interview before running out again to get back to work.