Today's News

  • Two charged in paving scam

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Two Fries men were recently arrested and charged with their alleged involvement in a scam business selling overpriced paving work to local citizens.

    According to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Timothy Hamilton, 45, and Jonathan Hamilton, 18, of 64 Honey Lane were taken into custody for obtaining money by false pretenses and contracting without a license.

  • Police: passenger grabs wheel, causes crash

    Staff Reports

    One passenger fled the scene of a single-vehicle accident Tuesday at 6:55 p.m. on Delhart Road and two others were transported for treatment of minor injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper P.K. Cheek.

  • Motorists often ignore bus safety

    INDEPENDENCE ― Last year, one bus driver for the Grayson County school system went to court five times to deal with offenses where drivers had passed the bus while it was stopped during a route.

    National School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 17-21, and the Grayson County Public School system is reminding citizens about the importance of obeying traffic laws ― particularly in the case of loading and unloading students from school buses.

  • Independent candidate enters race for Congress

    Staff Report

    Kimberly Lowe of Brunswick County is running for the 9th Congressional District seat as an independent write-in candidate in the Nov. 8 election.

    The native Roanoker is a candidate in both the 5th and 9th Congressional districts.

  • Poll: Virginia voters still prefer Clinton

    Staff Report

    Hillary Clinton’s strong lead in Virginia over Donald Trump appears to be rooted solidly in voters’ opinions that she is more qualified to be president than Trump on temperament, experience and key issues, including military and foreign policy issues, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

  • Baywood to hold pumpkin festival Saturday

    Baywood Ruritan Club will host its 27th annual fall festival Oct. 1.

    There is no admission charge.

    Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. at the Ruritan shelter. Bring a chair.

    The festival features live music, food, tumbling acrobats and more. There will be antique tractors and cars and a mule-drawn wagon offering rides.

    Apple butter will be made, and faces and pumpkins will be painted.

    The astronomy club will have telescopes for people to see. There will be a pet show and a petting zoo.

  • Readers Hotline 9/28/16

    One simple question
    I give the female race just a little more credit than this hypocrite on TV right now, Hillary Clinton. You want to talk about women getting proper money in the workplace and she is a fighter for women’s justice. Won’t you ask her one simple question? How come the women who have always worked for you make 75 cents on the dollar compared to the men that work for you? You are nothing but a hypocrite. Every day that goes by, she pulls back the covers on yet another one.

    String beans

  • Spice up your weekend with Hillsville Chili Shootout

    HILLSVILLE – Fall has officially arrived and one of the season’s traditional comfort foods will be in abundance in Hillsville this Saturday, at the second annual Historic Hillsville’s Chili Shootout.

    The Friends of Hillsville event will include competitions for chili, salsa, cornbread and the popular backyard game of cornhole.

  • Menu theft among recent Galax arrests

    Staff Reports

    Like restaurant menus, arrest reports contain familiar items you see time and time again. Drug arrests and parole violations are the staples, like meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

    But once in a while, a charge stands out, like an unexpected daily special.

    Among the typical crimes Galax police investigated recently was one that was distinctly different. An arrest report released by the department says that, on Aug. 19, police were called to Bogeys Restaurant to investigate the theft of 96 menus from the business.

  • Virginia facing state trooper shortage

    Landmark News Service

    Poor salaries and an unsustainable workload are prompting a surge of troopers to leave the Virginia State Police this year while applications continue to decrease, the agency’s commander wrote to employees.

    The details in a Sept. 16 memo from Col. W. Steven Flaherty to his department come as the state is facing a $1.5 billion shortfall in its two-year budget and the governor is looking for cuts from executive branch agencies.