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Today's News

  • School project may bring water access

    INDEPENDENCE — Residents of the Grant community in western Grayson County may soon have the option to hook up to a public water system — despite added cost to the county to install it.

    Grayson County Administrator Bill Ring approached the board of supervisors with information about how the county can provide water to the new Grayson Highlands School being built off Virginia 16.

    After talking with engineers, Ring said, the difference in cost of a private well or extending the lines may look large at first but actually is “almost a complete wash.”

  • River Of Music

    The Town of Fries, population 697, is the place where the country music industry really began. Located in a sheltered cove of the beautiful New River, tiny Fries had a major impact upon American music.

    Other places in Grayson and Carroll counties have a rich musical history, but Fries keeps its heritage alive in a picture-perfect setting — and those musical traditions thrive.

    In 1923, loom tender Henry Whitter, an employee of the old Washington Cotton Mill in Fries, became the first singer to record a country record.

  • Isom waives hearing

    HILLSVILLE — A 56-year-old Galax man charged with killing his brother waived his preliminary hearing in Carroll Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Monday.

    Eugene Isom had been charged by Carroll deputies with second-degree murder in the death of his 75-year-old brother, Robert, last November.

    Deputies were originally called out to 1196 Tower Road around 6:30 a.m., after a neighbor reported hearing gunshots, At that time, authorities believed that Robert Lee Isom, 75, was beaten to death.

  • Depot, other projects, advance in Fries

    FRIES — A project to rebuild the town's old railroad depot is picking up steam, an engineer told Fries Town Council members on Aug. 5.

    Jeff Cochran of Lane Engineering updated town council on some of the projects the company is working on for Fries.

    Cochran said a meeting will be held with the lead architect on the project and a committee comprised of town officials and citizens to make sure both sides agree to what they want at the site before the paperwork is sent to the Virginia Department of Transportation for approval.

  • Autism event makes for happy campers

    At an annual week-long autism camp hosted by faculty and students of the Radford University Autism Clinic at Southwest Virginia Training Center, 10 children ages 4-14 experienced camp life, met with friends and participated in activities with children sharing the common bond of a diagnosis of autism.

    The neurological disorder impacts communication and social interaction skills.

  • Police search local motel as part of N.C. homicide investigation

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Deputies from the Wake County Sheriff’s Office briefly extended the investigation of a mother slain in her Raleigh home on Nov. 3, 2006, to Hillsville, Va., to check on her husband’s whereabouts at the time of the crime.

    The body of Michelle Young was discovered by her sister that day while her husband Jason was traveling, according to a search warrant issued in February and recently unsealed.

    Computer records show that Jason Young had checked in at the Hampton Inn in Hillsville at about 10:49 p.m. on Nov. 2.

  • Goodbye yellow Moose tent?

    The City of Galax is seeking funding to build a 20-by-28-foot permanent performance stage at Felts Park in Galax in 2010 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention.

    At Monday's meeting, city council members voted to move forward in the planning for the $150,000 stage, and approved a request from the event's sponsor, the Galax Moose Lodge, to apply for funding.

    However, concerns arose that the permanent stage might interfere with traditional events that take place in Felts Park.

  • Isom released from jail after plea

    HILLSVILLE — A 75-year-old man who died last Nov. 27 after an argument with his brother had a heart attack, an autopsy showed.

    Robert Lee Isom had a heart condition and died while at the home of his brother, Eugene F. Isom, now 57, on Tower Road.

    The two consumed alcohol that night and fought.

    As a result of a Carroll County Sheriff’s Office investigation, Eugene Isom was charged with second-degree murder in the death of his brother.

  • That Round Peak Sound

    On Saturday evening, a program saluting the Round Peak sound will be presented at the Blue Ridge Music Center.

    Paul Brown, a Washington-based newscaster and reporter for National Public Radio, will host the 7 p.m. program.

    Brown is heard most mornings coast-to-coast on NPR’s Morning Edition.

    During his youth Brown came to the Galax area to learn Round Peak music, and he remains an enthusiastic supporter of the sound.

  • PSA raises utility rates

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll can't afford not to raise its water rates, because otherwise it would lose its eligibility for federal grants, Public Service Authority members discussed at their Aug. 11 meeting.

    After a public hearing where no one spoke, authority members approved water and sewer rate increases. One member said he did so "reluctantly."

    After the lack of public input, Chairman David Hutchins asked if the rate question was a matter they wanted to act upon or continue to consider.