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Today's News

  • Driver charged in Delhart Rd. wreck

    Staff Report

    A driver from Sparta, N.C. was charged with driving under the influence after he allegedly ran off the road and crashed his vehicle last Friday, seriously injuring a passenger.

    According to a Virginia State Police report, Daniel Hartzog Osborne, 29, was operating a 1998 Ford Explorer on Delhart Road the night of Sept. 15 Friday, about one tenth of a mile south of Nexus Road in Grayson County, when he ran off the road to the right, striking a tree.

    The vehicle was carrying two passengers: Cody Brackens, 26; and Jorden Garris, 27.

  • State police warn public about traffic ticket scam

    Staff Report

    Virginia State Police is warning all Virginians of an email scam that advises individuals they are receiving an “automated traffic ticket” from the state police.

    Virginia State Police said in a news release that it “does not use or issue digital/automated traffic tickets or summonses.”

    Anyone receiving such an email should delete it and not click on any links provided in the email.

  • Shock and awe

    Seven Galax players combined for eight first-half touchdowns Friday and the Maroon Tide raced past Rural Retreat 63-7 in a Mountain Empire District game at Galax High School.

    Galax, winner of three straight games, built a halftime lead of seven touchdowns or more for the second week in a row, winning for the third straight week after an opening-night loss to Glenvar.

    The Maroon Tide (3-1 overall, 1-0 MED) scored three rushing touchdowns, three passing touchdowns and two TDs on returns, all in the first half, scoring four times in each of the first two quarters.

  • Third-quarter profits

    INDEPENDENCE –– Every week, nearly every football team everywhere claims the fourth quarter as “ours.” Friday night at Bill Strong Field, Glenvar laid indisputable claim to the oft-overlooked third.

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  • Fries fire under investigation

    FRIES — A structure fire on Winding Road in Fries on Sept. 13 was referred to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for investigation.

    Firefighters were called to the home at the intersection of Ivanhoe Road at about 4 p.m. that day.

    According to Fries Assistant Fire Chief Jimmy Underwood, the small house had been abandoned for about eight years.

  • Virginia facing teacher shortage

    Additional reporting by Landmark News Service

    As public schools across Virginia opened their doors for the new school year, many did so without all of the teachers they needed.

    That’s because of a growing exodus of experienced teachers and an unwillingness among many young people to go into a lower-paying field when they’re facing student-loan debt from college. Virginia also faces competition for teachers from other states who recruit nationally.

  • Civil War letters reveal lives on front lines, back home

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Henry Lindsey, a Carroll County soldier in the 29th Virginia lnfantry, wrote to his wife: “I drawed soap today for the first time — about the size of a hen egg. We have to pay $1.50 per lb. for soap to wash our clothes.”

    His wife Polly, writing from their home in the Dugspur area, replied to Henry: “Times are very hard in Carroll and everything is scarce and powerful high: pork $1.50 a lb., butter $3, wheat $15...”

  • State offers amnesty for delinquent taxpayers

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday announced the start of the 2017 Virginia Tax Amnesty Program, which provides delinquent individual and business taxpayers the opportunity to pay back taxes with no penalties and half the interest between Sept. 13 and Nov. 14.

    Approved by the 2017 General Assembly, the program assumes collection of $89.5 million for the general fund to support education, health and public safety, as well as provide a cash reserve.

  • Reflecting on violence in Charlottesville

    By Scott Jackson-Ricketts, Independence

    It came as no surprise to me that clashes between white separatists and those offended by their ideologies [on Aug. 12] resulted in violence, including the death of one counter-protestor. I am also aware of the two police deaths associated with the helicopter crash. All three of these deaths were unnecessary and a most unfortunate side effect of our collective failure to recognize our common humanity.