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Today's News

  • Grayson school could open on time

    INDEPENDENCE — Nearly 90 percent of all building framing is complete at Grayson Highlands School, under construction in the western end of the county.

    Grayson County Schools' Director of Personnel Chad Newman updated the school board on the progress during the board's regular meeting July 13 and said that work continues to go "really well."

    There are more than 50 people working busily on the site, trying to make up days lost during the bad parts of winter and ensuring the building is ready to open by January 2010.

  • 32 lose jobs at Hillsville plant

    HILLSVILLE — The Virginia Employment Commission office in Galax reports that 32 Bucyrus employees from the company’s plant in Hillsville sought help after being laid off from the international heavy equipment maker.

    “All I know is they walked in one day last week and the employees told us there were 32 employees laid off permanently,” explained Bill Webb of the VEC.

  • Results hiring for call center

    The Results Galax call center transitioned its services, which will allow the company to hire about 140 employees.

    Employment at the customer service call center for XM Satellite Radio company has increased to 236, including 168 product agents, 44 in training and the rest in management and administration. All but six are full-time workers.

    For the past couple of years, the call center set up for customer trial subscriptions to XM radio and took customer support calls.

  • Beware of credit card phone scam

    To Our Readers:

    A telephone scam of calls claiming problems with credit card numbers used by classified advertising customers has been reported by newspapers in other states.

    Several classifieds customers reported being contacted by telephone by individuals falsely identifying themselves as an employee of the advertising department.

    Customers were told that a payment problem had occurred with their advertisement appearing in the newspaper. The caller then asked for the customer’s credit card number or checking account transaction routing number.

  • Grayson Artisans Join Forces

    They are as different as, say, the next five or six people you’d meet on the street. And yet they have joined forces — and stayed joined for seven years — to promote a common goal.

    That goal is to support and encourage each other in their creative work, and to share the labor and rewards of marketing it.

    They are songwriters and potters, calligraphers and artists; they produce cut-paper art and unique lampshades, turned wooden bowls, and woolen rugs and mats.

  • Students found memorial scholarship for classmate

    More than a year ago, Galax High School sophomore Zach Cockerham passed away from heart complications, but classmates Zach Robinson, Dustin Roberts and Todd Nichols are making sure the memories of their friend are kept alive for all whose lives he touched.

    Ask recent graduates Robinson, Roberts and Nichols about Cockerham and they'll all have the same response — he was a good kid, a class comedian who made everyone laugh with his wisecracks, a guy with a sweet heart who loved the outdoors, baseball, football, fishing and hunting.

  • Teens walk away from fiery crash on I-77

    FANCY GAP — A 2007 Subaru hydroplaned on Interstate 77 near the 9 mile marker on July 11, tumbled down a ravine and burst in flames — but the three occupants inside walked away almost unscathed.

    Alana Louise Gibson, 16, of Riegelsville, Pa., was heading north on the interstate with her two sisters in the vehicle, according to Virginia State Police Trooper J.A. Vaughan.

    "They came up on a real heavy thunderstorm," the trooper said. "Their vehicle hydroplaned and went off the road to the left, striking the guardrail."

  • Carroll ousted in Alabama

     SKIPPERVILLE, Ala. – Tennessee used a quick start and North Carolina rode a strong finish to wins over Carroll County as the Virginia state champions were eliminated in two games from the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series this weekend at G.W. Long High School.

    In Saturday’s tournament opener, Collierville, Tennessee batted around in the first inning, jumping to a four-run lead en route to a 9-1 victory.

  • Carroll edges closer to W.S. berth

     SOUTH BOSTON -- Anyone with a kid, grandson, nephew, neighbor or good buddy on Carroll County’s 15-16s baseball team may want to start Googling Ozark, Alabama. As of Monday night, the team was that close to finding out about the town first-hand.

    Carroll County edged Halifax County 1-0 in eight innings Monday to come within one game of winning the Dixie Pre-Majors state championship and earning a trip to that age group’s World Series, a 12-team tournament set to begin July 25 in Ozark, located about 75 miles south of Montgomery, Ala.

  • Area Dixie teams state-bound

     Carroll County and Galax will send a total of six youth baseball teams to their respective state tournaments after district tournament action wrapped up last Wednesday night.

    Carroll County took two games from Floyd County on Wednesday to win the Dixie Boys (14-year-olds) District 5 championship, joining Carroll County American AAA (8-10-year-olds), Galax and Carroll County O Zone Majors (11-12s), Carroll County Junior Boys (13s), Carroll County Boys (14s) and Carroll County Pre-Majors (15-16s) as teams destined for state tournaments.