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Today's News

  • Grayson schools still need to trim spending

    INDEPENDENCE — Nearly 75 people packed the Grayson County courthouse for a public hearing on the 2009-10 budget for the school division.

    Twelve people spoke during the 45-minute hearing, all of whom asked the board of supervisors to consider passing the entire $4.6 million budget requested by educators.

    Prior to opening the floor for discussion, Supervisors’ Chairman Mike Maynard made a few remarks about where the board stands with the school budget process.

  • Tide girls edge Grayson, force playoff

     It took a week, but Galax fought its way back into title contention.

    In a girls’ tennis match that was suspended last Thursday, Galax held off Grayson County 5-4 Wednesday afternoon, forcing a three-way playoff for the Mountain Empire District regular season championship.

    Galax played Bland County yesterday (Thursday) in Wytheville, with the winner taking on Grayson County today for the crown.

  • Course record falls in 10K

     Ideal running conditions led to a new course record, while Galax High School’s distance program was well-represented at the New River Trail-Dr. Ed Dannelly III 10K Run, sponsored by the Galax Parks and Recreation Department.

    David Cheromei, a 29-year-old from Marion, trimmed more than two and a half minutes off the existing record, set in 2003, in winning the event by nearly six minutes with a finishing time of 31 minutes, 16 seconds.

    Linda Kidder, 52, improved her finishing position by two spots to take the female overall title with a time of 45:38.

  • 17th straight title must wait

     PULASKI -- A year of living dangerously finally caught up with Grayson County.

    After winning five district games by a combined six runs, the Blue Devils couldn’t overcome five errors and suffered just its third Mountain Empire District loss in more than a decade, falling to Narrows 9-4 Wednesday night at Calfee Park.

    Grayson County still controlled its own destiny in the MED race but needed a win Thursday at Bland County to secure its 17th consecutive regular season championship.

  • Red Cross Needs Our Help

    While some are unaware of the services provided by the Woods River Chapter of American Red Cross — which serves Galax, Grayson, Carroll and Wythe counties — to others, especially people who have received help after losing their home or even their job, its efforts are evident.

  • Carroll woman target of murder-for-hire plot

    CHATHAM — A charge of criminal solicitation to commit the murder a Hillsville woman has been certified to the Pittsylvania County grand jury, against her ex-husband — a former Green Rock Correctional Center inmate.

    The charge was filed against David Eugene Huff, 41, in January as the result of an investigation by a special agent from the Virginia Department of Corrections' Office of the Inspector General, according to the criminal complaint

  • Twin County projects get $7.3 million in stimulus funds

     Carroll County will receive $7 million in a grant and a low-interest loan for its regional water project, and Hillsville and Fries will get $552,900 and $300,000, respectively, for wastewater system improvements.

  • Fries man charged with 2nd-degree murder

    FRIES — A 22-year-old man is charged with second-degree murder in a death caused by a drug overdose.

    Daniel Laymond Ferguson, of 340 Grayson Street in Fries, was indicted by a Grayson County grand jury April 24 for the murder charge and one count of distributing a Schedule II drug.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

  • Playing on the big field

     The boy hadn’t broken out the wristband in years. Not since a couple of summers after his grandpa had passed away.

    On one side of the Nike swoosh, he had taken a Sharpie pen and scrawled his grandpa’s initials. On the other side of the swoosh was a 21, the number the elder gentleman had worn when he was a high school baseball coach.

    The handmade memorial showed its age. After all, it had been almost seven years.

  • Letters to the Editor for 4/27/09

    Thousands of animals euthanized

    This information is to let everyone know how many pets are euthanized each year right in your own community.

    The statistics for dogs and cats for 2008 for Carroll and Grayson counties and Galax show there were 1,000 owner surrenders, 784 strays, 202 reclaimed by their owners, and 214 were adopted.

    The total was 1,928, of which 1,479 were euthanized. This means that 76.7 percent of dogs that entered the shelter were euthanized.