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Today's News

  • Farmer named Grayson teacher of the year

    INDEPENDENCE — Title I Resource Teacher Anna Farmer was named Grayson County Public Schools’ teacher of the year for 2016.

    The ceremony at the Grayson National Bank conference center May 4 recognized teachers of the year for each school in the system, followed by the teacher of the year award. Awards were presented by Director of Student Learning Susan Funk and Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore.

  • Training center celebrates 40 years

    HILLSVILLE – The Southwestern Virginia Training Center held a day of memories for its 40th anniversary on May 3.

    Since opening in 1976, the training center has been a home for many residents and employees, and memorabilia from the past four decades was on display in the campus gym.

  • Three hurt in DUI wreck

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A Virginia man was charged with driving under the influence of drugs after an accident that sent him and two others to the hospital.

    According to a report from the Virginia State Police, officers were dispatched to an accident on April 30 at 2:50 p.m. The accident occurred at the intersection of Route 100 (Sylvatus Smith Highway) and Route 750 (Homestead Road).

  • Bank to hold merger meetings

    Staff Report

    The Board of Directors of Grayson Bankshares Inc. and Grayson National Bank announced that a special shareholder meeting will be held May 24, at the Independence Volunteer Fire Department at 529 Davis Street at 1 p.m.

    As in the past, small group informational meetings will also be held in advance on May 9 and May 11.

    Board Chairman Tom Jackson said, “We look forward to seeing our shareholders, reviewing our recent results and our plans for the future, including our planned combination with the Bank of Floyd.”

  • Work will change Carroll traffic

    Paving operations for the U.S. 58 improvement project in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties will lead to a traffic pattern change on May 16 if weather permits.

    Traffic on 58 traveling east from 5.6 miles west of the intersection of U.S. 58 and Virginia 600 will be switched onto the newly constructed two lanes of eastbound 58.

    The new two lanes of eastbound 58 will tie into the existing two eastbound lanes of 58 that were constructed when 58 was previously widened to four lanes.

  • Four injured in crash near Galax

    Staff Report

    Four individuals were airlifted following an accident that occurred on Elk Horn Road on May 1.

    According to a report from the Virginia State Police, authorities were dispatched at 4:05 p.m. to the scene of an accident on Route 713 (Elk Horn Road), just north of Route 712 (Mallory Road).

    The report stated that a 2015 Toyota was traveling northbound on 713 when the driver crossed the centerline. The driver, Sabreen Amin, 25, of Snellville, Ga., struck a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier operated by Travis Ray Sawyers, 30, of Galax.

  • Lineberry named first-team all-ODAC

    EMORY –– Brandon Lineberry, a former player at Carroll County High School and a senior at Emory & Henry College, was honored as a first-team selection on the all-Old Dominion Athletic Conference baseball team, ODAC officials announced Thursday in Forest.

    Lineberry was one of three Wasps to land on the three all-ODAC squads, joining second-team first baseman Carson Bryant and third-team shortstop Holden Watkins.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: May 1-7

     

    2011

    *Galax’s girls scored in less than four minutes and the Maroon Tide boys found the net within 30 seconds as Galax swept a pair of soccer matches from Fort Chiswell. Following the girls’ 3-1 win, Junior Espinosa and Leonel Vega took turns scoring for the boys, racking up three goals each in the Tide’s 7-1 win.

    *Ashley Willard reached on an error and later scored on Eden Durnil’s single to break a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning as Carroll County got past Richlands 3-2.

  • Grayson, Carroll, Galax girls victorious

    INDEPENDENCE –– Rachel Burris and Nikki Lundy teamed up to drive in nine runs Tuesday as Grayson County skated to a 13-0 win over Bland County in a Mountain Empire District game called after five innings.

    The Blue Devils already led 3-0 entering the second inning when Burris clubbed a three-run home run to right-centerfield, her fifth homer of the season. Two batters later, Lundy  smacked a two-run shot to straightaway centerfield, widening the Grayson County lead to 8-0.

  • Fort Chiswell outduels Galax; Grayson beats up Bears

    MAX MEADOWS –– Galax’s Stew Merdian and Fort Chiswell’s Bryson Booher dueled one another for seven innings Tuesday afternoon, with Booher getting just enough offensive support to escape with a 2-0 win in a Mountain Empire District baseball game.