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Today's News

  • Fries looks for new home for mill bell

    FRIES — A plan to relocate the historic Fries bell has hit a snag, as town council members question the status of the primary location they had in mind.

    The big bell called workers to the Washington Mills in Fries for decades. It was taken down when the old cotton mill was demolished several years ago.

    In July, Council Member Marie Isom said that a town marketing plan created by Kitty Barker called for getting the old mill bell on a new foundation where everyone could enjoy it.

  • Chaplains comfort victims, first responders

    When tragedy strikes a community, it leaves a mark that can’t be seen.

    The pictures of tragedy are all unique, but whether the scene is a house fire, an interstate crash, a community ravaged by a flood or tornado or a search for a missing child, numerous lives are exposed to emotional, spiritual and even physical stress as a result. Not only are victims impacted by the devastation, but also the community around them, and even first responders feel the ache of tragedy long after the fires are put out, the accidents are cleared, and the storms pass.

  • Prosecutor probes school finances

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught on Friday confirmed that he has been consulted “regarding allegations involving the Grayson County School system,” specifically financial records and accounting.

    Vaught said in a statement sent to local newspapers that an investigation is underway.

  • Readers Hotline 8/10/15

    Show respect
    My mom was buried in a local cemetery two years ago. The headstone and footstone were pre-paid, but there is still a temporary marker bent by lawn mowers. My dad was a World War II veteran and was buried Christmas Eve. Not even a temporary marker on his grave with a two-foot pile of dirt still piled high. This is a disrespectful way to treat a veteran and his wife.

    Flag is embarrassing

  • Strengthen open government laws

    In Virginia, if you want to know what the State Police found investigating the worst mass murder in U.S. history, or what the consultants Hampton taxpayers hired to look into a proposed aquatics center found, or what Newport News council members had to say about the city manager's performance last year, you're out of luck.

    If you were a parent up in Staunton wondering about the financial management that allowed a school bookkeeper to embezzle thousands from an account holding student-raised funds for extracurricular activities, too bad.

  • National Night Out brings community together

    Galax and Independence held their annual National Night Out events on Aug. 4, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The celebration is to help the public meet and become familiar with the local police force. NNO featured free hot dogs and drinks, and free music and games.

  • Car crashes into house in Independence

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — A single vehicle crash in Independence left no injuries but quite a bit of property damage, when a driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a residence.

    According to a report from Independence Police Cpl. Matthew Adams, the wreck occurred July 26 at 1:56 a.m., on North Independence Ave.

  • No injuries when car snaps utility pole

    Staff Reports

    A single-vehicle accident left no fatalities, but knocked down a utility pole on Glendale Road on Friday at about noon, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. Mike Musser.

    Musser fielded questions for Trooper S.M. Cochran, who was in charge of the scene.

    A 2014 Kia SUV driven by Danny Wayne Dalton, 54, of Hillsville, was traveling east on Glendale Road when he lost control of his vehicle and ran off the right side of the road, snapping a utility pole and stopping when he hit a tree in a residential yard, Musser said.

  • Fire causes minimal damage at Vaughan-Bassett

    Staff Reports

    A minor fire at the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture plant in Galax on Aug. 3 resulted in minimal damage, said Galax Fire 1st Lt. Therron Billings, who was in charge of the scene.

    The firefighters were summoned at 5:27 p.m., when a small fire was reported in the finishing room of the plant, said Billings. By the time the fire department arrived shortly thereafter, workers had already extinguished it.

  • Prep Classic raises curtain

    DRAPER –– It’s official: the 2015-16 high school sports season is underway. And has been the case in recent years, the first taste of competition for the three area high schools has been the Draper Valley Prep Classic.