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Today's News

  • Tourism promotion pays off for Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County has taken huge steps forward in its tourism industry in the past year and the results are finally being seen.

    During the board of supervisors' meeting Dec. 11, Felicia Hash of the Grayson administrator's office updated members on recent tourism awards and traffic counts on Grayson's Web site.

    The first thing Hash talked about was the various awards Grayson won in “Blue Ridge Country” magazine.

  • Carroll to fund Exit 19 water start-up

    HILLSVILLE — Three of Carroll's governing entities made a pact Dec. 17 to cover costs for Rural Development loans to get water and sewer to Exit 19.

    This is part of a continuing effort to prepare the Interstate 77 exit, also being referred to as "Wildwood," for intended commercial and industrial development.

    Five elected officials on the Carroll Board of Supervisors simultaneously met as both county board representatives and as Public Service Authority members, and they were joined by four members of the Industrial Development Authority.

  • Grayson to address bullying problems

    INDEPENDENCE — Bullying in the nation’s schools has become a significant problem, and the Grayson County School System is hoping to bring awareness to the problem next month.

    During its regular meeting Dec. 15, the Grayson School Board adopted a resolution recognizing January as “Bully Prevention Awareness Month.”

  • VDOT getting ready for winter

    INDEPENDENCE — Last year the Virginia Department of Transportation opted to consolidate various roads headquarters in Grayson County.

    Now officials can look back at what they learned.

    The Grayson Board of Supervisors asked Mathew Cox of VDOT to update them on what was learned during the previous year’s winter weather when fewer maintenance trucks were on the road.

    VDOT left only two county road headquarters after September 2007 — down from four.

  • Zoning change would allow new fundraising events

    INDEPENDENCE — Times are tough throughout the Twin Counties and local fire departments and rescue squads are looking for new ways to bring in revenue.

    Nearly a year ago, Independence Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Smith approached the Grayson Planning Commission looking for a change to the county's zoning ordinance to allow firefighters to host a lawn mower racing fundraiser.

    The events draw big crowds and are lucrative events for non-profit agencies. A similar race each summer in Galax packs the grandstands with thousands of spectators.

  • A Scary Reminder

    It's far too easy to forget the mistakes of the past, as they recede further and further into the rearview mirror.

    All it takes is another near-tragedy to remind us that some simple protective measures still have not been taken more than one year after a tragic accident that left two women dead and three others injured.

    On Dec. 10, 2007, a car struck a propane tank at a laundromat in Fries, and the gas that leaked as a result ignited into a deadly fireball.

  • Seized Hillsville dogs may be sold to shelter

    The Hillsville kennel owner whose 63 dogs were seized last month from what state police called "deplorable" conditions is considering selling the dogs to the Angels of Assisi shelter in Roanoke.

    Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott County, the attorney representing David Winesett, said Tuesday that his client is getting out of the dog breeding business.

    "It has just taken a toll on him going through all this," Kilgore said.

  • Galax bombs Carroll 55-42

    Galax knocked down nine 3-pointers and clamped down defensively for the first two periods, taking a 55-42 nondistrict win over Carroll County.

    Outsized at nearly every position, the Cavaliers (1-6) planned on making the Maroon Tide (6-1) win it from long range. Scott Alouf and Cameron Frazier obliged, combining for eight of Galax’s treys, including five from Alouf.

  • Defending state champs knock off Carroll County

    HILLSVILLE – Floyd County’s defense allowed only six points in the opening eight minutes of the game Monday night en route to an 80-67 non-district win over Carroll County.

    The Cavaliers (3-2) managed to keep the game close for the first 3:49 when Kayla Goins made a beautiful pass to Audrey Dickens, who drove to the lane and tied the score at 6-6 with 4:11 to play in the first quarter.

    From there things got ugly quickly as the Buffaloes (9-1) blanked the Cavaliers for the remainder of the quarter during a 14-0 run.

  • Auburn rides big start to win

    INDEPENDENCE –– It’s difficult enough, trying to hang with a team that shoots better than 50 percent from the floor and commits fewer than 10 turnovers. Doing so after spotting that team a 26-point lead makes it pretty much impossible.

    Auburn scored the first 26 points of its nondistrict game with Grayson County and rolled to a 61-21 win Friday night.