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Today's News

  • County to collect trash in Fries

    FRIES — Grayson County Public Works collected an additional 261 households on its garbage routes last week after Fries Town Council voted to terminate an agreement with Waste Industries in favor of the county.

    After meeting with Grayson Assistant County Administrator Mitch Smith and Public Works Director Jonathan Luper in closed session during its regular meeting Sept. 1, council voted unanimously to make the switch to Grayson collection.

  • Grant to pay for Grayson water system

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County residents won't have to foot the entire bill for the Grant community water extension project that will serve the new Grayson Highlands School near Volney.

    Congressman Rick Boucher and U.S. senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb announced last week that Grayson County would receive $1.057 million to construct the new system.

    The funding is a result of the economic recovery act approved by Congress and will come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through its Rural Development Agency.

  • CVS fire under investigation

    A fire that started in a plastic trash container outside of CVS in Galax on Sept. 3 caused moderate damage to the building, said Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

    The fire department responded to the call at about 10:30 p.m. after a passerby saw the fire in the trash can.

    Hankley said the fire spread up to the facade, and smoke extended into the store. He is unsure of how the fire started, but the fire is being investigated.

    CVS reopened the next day.

  • Public record for 9/16/09 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.

    The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. 

    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded July 29-Aug. 13 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • BRCC ladies hold invitational

    The ladies of Blue Ridge Country Club held their annual invitational tournament Aug.

  • Devils, Indians taking to the air

    INDEPENDENCE -- For the second year in a row, Grayson County and Rural Retreat will meet with each team in search of its first win of the season as the Blue Devils travel to Rural Retreat Community Stadium tonight for a nondistrict game. What is normally a battle between district title contenders has lost its luster the last couple years as the inevitable downward trend of the ‘cycle’ found its way to these two proud programs.

  • Mustangs offer new challenge

    As the crow flies, it’s not very far from old Shawsville High School to its replacement, the fairly new Eastern Montgomery High.

  • Cavs, Blue Demons renew rivalry

    HILLSVILLE -- It’s quite easy to imagine Carroll County as a 2-0 football team right now. Take away a few fundamental mistakes in its season opener at Bassett and the Cavaliers could easily have reversed a 21-20 setback. It’s just as easy to imagine them limping into their first home game as an 0-2 club.

  • Galax looking for a rebound

    Galax entered the 2009 football season with expectations higher than they have been in a while. It took one trip to Saltville to realize that expectations plus five cents will get you a nickel. “It was a rude awakening,” said Maroon Tide coach Jared Van Acker.

  • Houk reaches milestone

    Though it was undoubtedly a disappointment opening the season with back-to-back losses, some things just seem to work out for the better in the long run. After all, nights like this should be enjoyed among family. After tough road losses at Carroll County and Alleghany, N.C., Galax claimed its first win of the season, and the 300th in the career of coach Rose Houk, in the Maroon Tide&r