.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's News

  • Grand jury indicts 34 in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll grand jury met Monday and issued several indictments.

    An indictment is not a finding of guilt, merely a formal charge.

    As has become standard procedure, the court sealed all direct indictments until the papers could be served to the individuals named. About 50 indictments were sealed.

    Indictments issued include:

    • Edward Allen Alley, grand larceny from Wenter Brown

    • Tiffany Leann Barker, possession of methamphetamine, a schedule II drug

  • Whitetop Mountain Band signs record deal

    The Whitetop Mountain Band from Grayson County recently was signed by Mountain Roads Recording, a record company in Bristol, Tenn.

    The traveling family band hails from the high mountains of Grayson.

    In a press release, the company said “Whitetop is a region rich in the old-time music tradition; this band has deep roots in mountain music. The members have done much to preserve the Whitetop region’s style of old-time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style.”

  • River cleanup set for Saturday

    The New River Wildlife & Conservation Club is planning its second annual river cleanup project in Grayson County.

    The cleanup is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

    The project is an effort to improve the water quality and the beauty of New River.

    Club members are asking for volunteers who would like to assist in the task. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their flat-bottom boats or canoes to the New River Wildlife Building at 7107 Riverside Drive near Fries that day.

  • Water rates to increase

    INDEPENDENCE — Several customers who have been paying residential rates to the Town of Independence for water will soon pay higher bills.

    After an evaluation of the town’s records by Lane Engineering earlier in the year, several customers — not classified as residential — were listed as paying the lower residential rate.

  • Dream big, work hard

    It was exciting last week to see designs and plans for two projects in Galax — the further beautification of the downtown district and the veterans’ memorial planned at the Galax Public Library.

    Artist Todd Price’s renderings of the granite monument to soldiers present and past was awe-inspiring. If organizers can raise the $300,000 they need, it will be a respectful and reverent testament to their service.

  • $1.5M grant to pay for emergency communications upgrade

    HILLSVILLE — At their meeting last week, Carroll supervisors heard a clear signal that emergency communications will be improved with help from a $1.6 million regional grant.

    County officials had noted during budget discussions earlier this year that they were receiving good signals from the granting agency about funding to improve radio equipment in Carroll, Grayson and Galax, as well as Pulaski County.

    And Carroll County Administrator Gary Larrowe confirmed at the Monday meeting that the official award letter had indeed come in.

  • Smith to assist in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — After several months of interviews, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors named an assistant county administrator last Thursday.

    After a closed session regarding the hiring, County Administrator Bill Ring recommended the board hire Mitchell Lee Smith of the Fairview community.

    Ring said Smith was one of what he called an “extremely good pool of applicants.”

  • Grayson police arrest fugitives

    In a nationwide fugitive apprehension operation, led by the U.S. Marshal Service, members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s office — sworn in as federal agents — located and apprehended criminals wanted by local agencies for serious felonies.

    More than 239 agents in Western Virginia were sworn in as U.S. Marshals for the operation and more than 600 arrests were made.

    Grayson officers assisted with these arrests:

    John Williams of Fries was arrested for distribution of an imitation drug and possessing a firearm by a convicted felon.

  • Carroll plans to market I-77 land

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll officials want to see if there’s more interest in 91 acres of county-owned land than the only proposal so far — to build a 600-seat music venue and related developments.

    County supervisors and members of the Industrial Development Authority, in a joint meeting Thursday, agreed to seek assistance in marketing the land in question near the Interstate 77-U.S. 58 interchange, said Supervisors’ Chairman Sam Dickson.

  • Grayson restores pool schedule

    INDEPENDENCE — After complaints arose about Grayson County’s swimming pool being open fewer days this summer, supervisors announced last week the pool would be back on schedule immediately.

    Grayson County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mike Maynard announced during the board’s regular meeting June 12 that the pool was back on its regular schedule and would remain that way throughout the summer.