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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Library to host hobby show

    D&J Hobby Center in Galax will hold its 9th Annual Hobby Show on June 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Galax Public Library.

    Owner and show organizer Darrell Burris said moving the show to the library was beneficial last year, and the more accessible venue brought in a lot of new people to enter model kits for competition and visitors to look at the works on display.

    The library is on West Stuart Drive in Galax, not far from the hobby shop at 106 Nuckolls Curve Road.

  • School board discusses facility needs

    INDEPENDENCE — Beginning this fall, students at Grayson County High School will have a new cosmetology lab — if plans go as expected.

    During Grayson’s school board meeting June 9, Maintenance Supervisor Roy Anders said a location had been selected for the cosmetology lab.

    “We took some road trips to Wythe and Carroll and are ready to go as soon as we get a layout,” said Anders.

    The new lab will be located in one of the mobile units on the high school’s campus and is expected to have 10 stations that will accommodate 20 students.

  • Kirby's book retells local legend

    INDEPENDENCE — The legend says Caty Sage was taken from her home in Elk Creek in 1792 and found 50 years later living with an American Indian tribe in Kansas.

    A story that was once written primarily for adults has now been translated into a children’s book by Ellie Kirby.

    Kirby is from Mouth of Wilson and is well known for her prints of illustrations from her children’s book, “Under the Snowball Tree,” and now her newest book, “The Legend of Caty Sage.”

  • Independence tax hike draws no opposition at hearing

    INDEPENDENCE — Only two citizens turned out for a public hearing about a proposed tax increase on real estate in Independence — and neither was in opposition.

    Town council held a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed 10.2 percent increase in the real estate tax rate from 12.7 cents to 14 cents per $100 valuation.

    The increase will bring in an estimated $11,000 additional to the town and cover a $10,000 deficit the town faced after deciding not to pull funding from Independence Rescue Squad.