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Today's News

  • Lady Cavs honored for winning state title

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors proclaimed July 13-20 as Lady Cavaliers Week at its July meeting, in honor of the Carroll County High School (CCHS) Lady Cavalier Softball team.

    During the meeting, Supervisor Chairman Phil McCraw read a resolution aloud, reviewing the undefeated team’s accomplishments.

  • Fries fiddlers' convention is Aug. 14-15

    FRIES — The 49th Annual Fries Bluegrass and Fiddlers Convention will be held Friday and Saturday at the old Providence Elementary School Grounds/Jamie Hyatt Arena.

    The arena is at 56 Bainbridge Road in Fries, at the intersection with Spring Valley Road.

    Friday night’s competition will begin at 7 p.m. and includes guitar, old-time fiddle, bluegrass fiddle, old-time banjo, mandolin, Autoharp, flatfoot dance, bluegrass bands and old-time bands.

    Saturday’s Youth Competition will begin at 3 p.m. and includes all adult categories.

  • Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention 2015 Winners

    Winners of the 80th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention, held Aug. 3-8, 2015, in Felts Park, included:

    Best All-Around Perfomer

    Jake Krack, Marlington, W.Va. — Old-Time Fiddle

    Old-Time Fiddle

    1. Jake Krack, Marlington, W.Va.

    2. Jacob Bowen, State Road, N.C.

    3. Richard Bowman, Mount Airy, N.C.

    4. Billy Hurt, Boones Mill

    5. Henry Barnes, Columbus, Ohio

    6. Ivy Phillips, Chapmansboro, Tenn.

    7. Rex McGee, King, N.C.

  • 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.