Today's News

  • Accidental shooting investigation closed

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville police have closed their investigation into an accidental shooting at a worksite on March 15.

    The investigation into the accident at the U.S. 58 bypass involving Theodore Clayton Fortune, 46, found that the gun was not in his hand, said Police Chief Steve Williams on Friday. And the incident was clearly an accident.

    Police were still unsure why the gun went off or why Fortune had it on the job, because they had not talked to Fortune, who was still getting medical treatment.

  • Grayson roads in bad shape

    INDEPENDENCE — While it may be stating the obvious, Grayson supervisors let the Virginia Department of Transportation know that roads in Grayson are in bad shape.

    Matthew Cox of VDOT was on hand to take maintenance concerns during the supervisors' meeting March 11.

    Vice Chairman Doug Carrico simply stated that he could pick any dirt road in Grayson County, and "They're all bad now," he told Cox.

    "I don't know how some school buses are making it. The pot holes are getting bad and roads are breaking up pretty much everywhere."

  • Properties with a view increasing in value

    Properties near the New River have increased in value, while mobile home values have dropped, according to Grayson County's assessor.

    Grayson landowners have received their property reassessment notices and, from March 2-19, had the opportunity to voice any opposition or concerns with Blue Ridge Mass Appraisal, the Staunton-based firm that performed Grayson's reassessment.

    Overall, Grayson has seen values increase for properties near or with views of the river or other bodies of water, according to Assessor Gena Hackler.

  • Fancy Gap plans for future

    FANCY GAP — When Carroll County officials asked for community input for the comprehensive plan, they probably didn't expect citizens to bring in a PowerPoint presentation for their community.

    But that's exactly what two Fancy Gap business owners, Charles and Margaret Barnhardt, have done, sharing their vision for the community with the planners, officials and others at the governmental center last Monday.

    (One town hall meeting for the comprehensive plan remains this week — at the Woodlawn school cafeteria Thursday from 5:30–7 p.m.)

  • If this is second-best, I’ll take it in a heartbeat

     If Kayla Goins isn’t the best female basketball player in Region IV, then she’s definitely one of the best two. If she isn’t the best player in the Southwest District, and I mean the far-and-away, hands-down, no-debate-required, better-baller-than-99-percent-of-the-boys best, then I’m Tony Kornheiser.

  • Sports Shorts

     Galax Rec. Easter egg hunt

  • Maroon Tide girls open with pair of wins

     Galax’s girls’ soccer team opened the season on a high note, taking wins over Bland County and Giles last week.

  • Motley SWD’s top coach; Goins first-team

     Carroll County girls’ basketball coach Marc Motley was named the Southwest District coach of the year and Kayla Goins led a list of seven Cavaliers named either first- or second-team or honorable mention on the all-SWD basketball team.

  • Devils drop opener to Knights

    INDEPENDENCE -- Officially, the best part of Grayson County’s day never happened. The Blue Devils’ season opener will go in the books as an 8-1 loss, but darkness interfered with what was shaping up to be a pretty good finish Friday as Coeburn held a five-run lead in the bottom of the seventh with the bases full of Blue Devils before the game was called due to darkness. Coe

  • Lowe too hot for Maroon Tide

    Galax entered its softball season opener Monday having not faced live pitching in practice a single time.