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Today's News

  • Grayson boys begin to rebuild

    INDEPENDENCE –– With four returning starters, including the team’s top two scorers, its top two rebounders and its top assist man, Grayson County’s 3-18 record last year will hopefully be what it is now – in the past.

  • Grayson girls starting anew

    INDEPENDENCE –– It’s too bad that game jerseys worn by the Grayson County girls’ basketball team do not have players’ names sewn onto the backs. It may take a game or two to get to know these ladies.

    A gaggle of seniors, seven of them in fact, and most of them three-year regulars, are gone from the first and only regular season champion in Grayson County’s 19-year history. Suffice it to say there is a hole or two to be filled.

  • They're nuts about squirrels

    As Charles and Ruth Frangos walk through their home, Charles reaches over to turn on the light switch embraced by a squirrel cover and points out a squirrelly museum of figurines.

    In a collection worth thousands of dollars, taxidermy squirrels deck the walls, crystal figurines stack the shelves of a curio cabinet, squirrel pictures adorn the walls of the kitchen and more than 300 stuffed, ceramic, porcelain and plastic squirrels cram the two six-foot bookshelves in the living room.

  • Policing The Budget

    In economic times like these, it's understandable to be tight with your money. A fiscally responsible government should be tight, too.

    But, that should only apply when a locality is tightening its own purse strings.

    Recently, Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan approached the board of supervisors asking for money to be transferred from the Special Law Enforcement Fund to a few line items in his budget.

  • Alternative fuel business relaunches

    — MORE ABOUT ALTERNATIVE FUELS —

    BIODIESEL: A cleaner-burning alternative fuel that is created from used vegetable oil harvested from restaurants

  • Shop stocked with Christmas crafts

    The Rooftop of Virginia Craft Shop in downtown Galax was stuffed wall to wall on Monday with handmade items like quilts, baby clothes, toys and dolls, crocheted items, Christmas ornaments, homemade soaps, hand-carved decoys, furniture, pottery, jams, pickles, CDs and books — illustrating the diverse talents of local artisans.

    With a little bit of everything to offer, the only thing missing was shoppers.

  • Localities prepare for state cuts

    Before an audience of officials representing Galax, Carroll and Grayson at the Crossroads Institute, state senators William Wampler and Roscoe Reynolds and Del. Bill Carrico delivered the local and state economic forecast during last Tuesday’s legislative dinner.

    Legislators were asked to provide feedback and input on the state budget for the next fiscal year.

    Discussing the future economy, Reynolds admits that he is extremely worried and cautious, noting that 10 million jobs are at stake at automobile plants and the low gas prices are due to the extreme downturn.

  • Rouse sings state's praises

    INDEPENDENCE — North Carolina has one, as do most states in America — but not Virginia.

    A Grayson County woman hopes to change that with her composition.

    For nearly 60 years, Virginia's state song was “Carry Me Back to Ol' Virginny.”

    Today, the song's title of official state song has been taken away and a contest to find a new song has been suspended.

  • Carroll boys to get gritty

     

  • Cavs have plenty of options

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County girls’ basketball coach Marc Motley has a problem.