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Today's News

  • Stimulus spending ideas flood state site

    Anyone can make a suggestion for Virginia's use of federal stimulus funds thanks to stimulus.virginia.gov, and projects relating to the Twin Counties — totaling tens of millions of dollars — have been posted there since the Web site's launch.

    Gov. Tim Kaine opened the discussion about what to do with federal stimulus package money to everyone with a computer and an Internet connection. A web-based submission form on the site makes it easy.

  • Murder investigation leads to Grayson

    MARTINSVILLE — Authorities in Martinsville have officially closed a 34-year homicide and robbery investigation, after their search for suspects and evidence led them to Galax, Hillsville and Baywood.

    The "cold case" was reopened two years ago, according to a press release from the Martinsville Police Department. Four suspects were identified, but police say no charges were filed because all are deceased.

  • Maroon Tide finishes the job

    MAX MEADOWS -- The Galax boys’ basketball team isn’t particularly afraid of the number 13. But seeing the 13 disappear can be rather disturbing.

    One year after losing a 13-point second-half lead and the region title game to Eastern Montgomery, Galax watched all but four points of a 13-point third-period cushion evaporate Friday before pulling away for an 82-69 win Friday in the Region C Division 1 championship game at Fort Chiswell High School.

  • Fire truck wrecks on US 52

    A 37-year-old Hillsville man has been charged in connection with a three-vehicle accident that occurred during a heavy snowstorm last Sunday.

    A report by Virginia State Police Trooper C.M. Delp said the accident occurred at about 1:50 p.m. on  March 1 when a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup, driven by Kevin Shockley, went out of control on the snow-covered U.S. 52 near Madison Road.

    The truck crossed the double yellow line and struck a four-door 2007 Ford Escape, driven by Jay Montgomery of Fancy Gap.

  • Grayson won't cut teachers

    INDEPENDENCE — Positions will be cut across the Grayson County School Division, but administration hopes all can be done without any current personnel losing their jobs.

    After original estimates showed Grayson County schools would lose more than $1.2 million in state funding, the school board received better news last Thursday.

    Grayson Schools' Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas presented the board with the proposed 2009-10 budget, which included a smaller — $649,387 — reduction in state aid.

  • Communities, parkway connect for 75th anniversary

    Wanted — communities to pitch in with the celebration of the 75th anniversary of "America's Favorite Drive."

    Reward — millions of revelers spending billions of dollars along the 29 counties that "world-class asset" the Blue Ridge Parkway runs through.

    On a normal year, an estimated 20 million visitors to the 469-mile-long scenic road create a $2.3 billion economic impact in Virginia and North Carolina.

  • Fancy Gap looks to cash in on parkway

    FANCY GAP — Public water or no, Fancy Gap business owners and community members will do what they can to get visitors to detour off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    Owners continue to invest capital in their own business. Plans to re-open a visitor center should come to fruition by April.

    Interested parties want to organize new community events, put together a brochure about Fancy Gap, do beautification and improve curb appeal — anything they can do to get the millions of travelers that pass through the area to stop.

  • Grayson approves early retirement plan

    INDEPENDENCE — To the pleasure of several eligible school division employees in attendance last Thursday night, the Grayson County School Board approved a plan that will allow nearly 30 employees to retire years early from the division.

    The early retirement program was first discussed at last month's meeting, but the school board wanted more time and information to be sure it would save the school system money.

    Grayson Schools Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas told the board that the program would not only benefit the school system, but also the employees.

  • Letters to the Editor for 2/9/09

    Opposing viewpoint welcomed

    My thanks to Lynn Merrell for her response to my letter of Jan. 12. She eloquently demonstrates the exact attitude about which I spoke.

    Before touching on that subject, however, let’s first revisit her comments regarding Native Americans and monotheism.

    Few valid academicians recognize anything other than a polytheistic belief system for Native Americans, with a couple of notable exceptions — the Natchez and Muscogee Creek tribes.

  • Another Twin in Galax’s path