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Today's News

  • Devils battle into driver’s seat

     INDEPENDENCE -- Grayson County’s second one-run win over Fort Chiswell this season didn’t have a lot in common with the first one. Other than one similarity, that is.

    “They were both wars,” said Grayson County coach Mike Worrell after his Blue Devils rallied from four runs down to defeat the Pioneers 7-6 Tuesday at the GNB Baseball Complex.

  • Trading Spaces

    Looking for a house a few blocks from Palm Beach in sunny Florida?

    Susannah Pushkin, whose grandparents were originally from Baywood, is hoping someone will agree to trade her a home in Galax in exchange for her 1,358-square-foot house in Lantana, Fl.

    Pushkin is the owner of a two-story, 100-year-old farmhouse in the Baywood community of Grayson County, and is looking for something to do with the property. In order to begin working on the place, she needs a home back in Galax.

  • Dialect Discrimination

    Holly Padgett Parker of Raleigh, N.C., is a Galax native and the city was her home for 27 years. “I miss it every single day,” she says.

    Let’s talk a little bit about dialect and colloquialisms.

    A few years ago, I was offered a hostess position at a very ritzy restaurant in downtown Raleigh, N.C. The owner and my company had done some business together and the owner was so impressed with my demeanor and professionalism that he asked me to come to work on a part-time basis and train potential hostesses about customer service and attitude.

  • County administrator to head PSA

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County supervisors added responsibilities for water and sewer projects and operations to the county administrator's duties after a joint closed meeting Monday between the county board and the Public Service Authority.

    The board and the authority members emerged from an unusual joint closed session at the supervisors' regular April meeting and ended the interim appointment of Assistant County Administrator Ronald Newman as director of the PSA.

  • Welcome to Tuna, Texas (Population: 2)

    When the show's over, actors Randy Carico and Art Pemberton might have an identity crisis.

    The pair stars in the Galax Theatre Guild and New River Players production of the popular laugh-out-loud comedy “Greater Tuna,” opening later this month at the Rex Theater in downtown Galax.

    Carico, of Pinnacle, N.C., and Pemberton, of Galax, portray all of the 20 eccentric characters — of both genders and various ages — in the town of Tuna, Tex.

    They quickly change personas and costumes throughout the production.

  • Police search for car, passenger in I-77 trucker shooting case

    WYTHEVILLE — Virginia State Police are seeking an older model Plymouth car and its two or three occupants that allegedly took shots at three tractor-trailers on Interstate 77 in southern Carroll County on the morning of April 16.

    Anyone who has information about a brown or gold early 1990s model Plymouth Acclaim should contact the state police's Wytheville office at (276) 228-3131, said Sgt. Mike Conroy.

  • Police file murder charge in missing person case

    UPDATED APRIL 23:

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll authorities filed a first-degree murder charge against a Cana man less than one day after a citizen found a body in Lambsburg on April 16.

    Sheriff Warren Manning announced late on April 17 that deputies charged Chad James Hall of Cana with first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and obstruction of justice.

  • Put felons to work

    Money is hard to come by, and Grayson County is working on a new program that could help spend taxpayers' money more wisely.

    Recently, the county decided to embark on a plan to open a Day Reporting Center, similar to one in Giles County. The idea is to take people with minor felony charges — such as bad checks or minor drug violations — and put them to work in the county, instead of in a jail cell. The idea will cost the county around $5,000 to get started, but could save thousands of dollars each year.

  • Letters to the Editor for 4/20/09

    No excuse for rude behavior

    How can a school teacher be so rude to parents and get away with it?

    I talked to the principal on many occasions. And all he said was that he would have a little talk with her. But she is being so rude again.

    How many times is it going to take for them to do something about it? They have no right to tell you how to punish your child

    Like for instance to break a child from pulling his shoes and socks off, to take them outside barefoot and it’s a cold and rainy day. Or to hit his rump a little bit harder.

  • Grayson could put felons to work

    INDEPENDENCE — With the expansion of the New River Valley Regional Jail, costs per year have escalated more than $700,000 for Grayson County prisoners in the upcoming budget year.

    Grayson leaders are looking at ways to cut that amount, and invited Kevin Belcher, assistant county administrator in Giles, to their regular meeting last Thursday to talk about a new possibility.