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Today's News

  • Tax plans from governor candidates compared

    Landmark News Service

    Candidates seeking your vote in this month’s gubernatorial primaries want to change the way you’re taxed.

    But navigating their proposals is no easy task in an election that has drawn more attention for being a potential early referendum on President Donald Trump’s popularity than for anything else.

    Virginia’s tax system has not undergone significant changes in decades. Some candidates have talked about how they would alter it, while others have produced detailed written plans.

  • Woman, dog rescued from home that flooded

    Staff Report

    FRIES — Rescue teams responded to a residence during the May 24 storm, to assist a couple who were trapped in their home by rising water.

    According to a report from Fries Volunteer Fire and Rescue Chief Chad Stanley, rescuers were dispatched at approximately 10:50 p.m. to a residence at 3774 Ivanhoe Road, where a man, a woman and a small dog were trapped inside the structure with water rising.

  • Maroon Tide eliminated with 1-0 loss to Eagles

    RINER –– Abby Wilson’s one-out double in the bottom of the first produced the game’s only run as Galax fell to Auburn 1-0 in the Region 1A West softball semifinals Monday.

    The loss ends Galax’s season at 15-7 while the Eagles advance to the region semifinals today (Wednesday) against Patrick Henry-Glade Spring.

    With one out in the bottom of the first, Jaylin Shepherd drew a walk and stole second, from where she scored on Wilson’s lined double to center.

  • Area tennis teams keep on rolling

    Grayson County’s boys and girls’ teams, Galax’s boys team and the Maroon Tide’s girls’ doubles all advanced as region tennis tournaments continued Monday.

    In the 2A West quarterfinals, the Galax boys took down Narrows 5-1 at Felts Park while the Blue Devils eliminated Glenvar 5-1 in Independence.

  • Carroll wins, eventually

    HILLSVILLE –– The way Carroll County pitches and plays defense, one run is enough to make the Cavaliers a winner more times than not. Monday night, it took just a little bit longer than usual to scratch out that one run.

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  • Volunteer EMS recruitment, retention a challenge

    How did the Twin Counties celebrate National EMS Week, May 21-27? Well, at the hospital they celebrated it with a cookout and a training session for EMS workers.

    How did EMS volunteers celebrate? Probably by working.

    911 Coordinator Jolena Young is proud of the local emergency medical services agencies, but says she has some concern regarding their continuation — not because of their performance, but because recruiting and retaining volunteer personnel is becoming difficult in today’s employment and economic climate.

  • 5K run will benefit Bartlett scholarship

    HILLSVILLE – A 5K run and walk will be held in Hillsville in June to honor Deputy Curtis Bartlett, who was killed in a line of duty vehicle crash on March 9.

    The event will benefit the Deputy Curtis Bartlett Memorial Scholarship Fund.

    The 5K will be held June 3 in downtown Hillsville, beginning at 9 a.m.

  • Primaries will decide local, state candidates

    INDEPENDENCE — Absentee voting is open through June 10 for this year’s Republican and Democratic primary elections on June 13.

    Absentee ballots will be accepted through the 10th, and applications for absentee ballots will be accepted through June 6.

    Voters can only vote for their choice candidates in one of the primaries.

  • Recreation project planned in Fries

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board has approved a five-year lease for a portion of property behind Fries School, which includes the old tennis courts.

    The lease, which the board approved during its May 15 meeting, will jump-start a project pioneered by Steve Clark and his wife, Eileen Colonna, who approached the board earlier this year with a proposal for a series of outdoor games. The site, which is located between the New River and the New River Trail, is no longer used and is currently in poor condition.