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Today's News

  • Dove trial date set in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — A trial date for a Galax man charged with seven felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child has been set for Nov. 20 at 9 a.m. in Grayson Circuit Court.

    In July 2007, a Grayson grand jury indicted David Dove, 47, of Cherry Street in Galax, with the seven felony counts.

    A capias was issued for Dove’s arrest that same month and he made his first appearance before Grayson Circuit Court Judge Brett Geisler on Aug. 3, 2007.

  • Local team smokes the competition

    That aroma in downtown Galax on Saturday wasn’t just the mouthwatering scent of smoked pork and tangy barbecue sauce.

    For a local team of cooks, it was the sweet smell of a long-sought victory.

    The Nervous Wreck Cooking Crew of Galax won first prize in the “Anything But” category at the 4th Annual Smoke On The Mountain State Barbecue Championship on Saturday.

    Team leaders Mark Davis and Cody Cline beat experienced, world-champion teams with their tender, juicy beef brisket.

  • Hillsville VA clinic dedicated

    HILLSVILLE — Salem Veterans' Medical Center administrators and Valor Healthcare officials said at a ribbon-cutting and dedication Monday that they want to offer the quality service through their clinic at Hillsville.

    The Hillsville veterans’ outpatient care site operated by Valor has been open since last fall.

    On Monday, people like director John Patrick of the Salem facility, Ninth District Rep. Rick Boucher, and Valor president Ray Lanier came to celebrate convenient, high-quality care for veterans living in Carroll and neighboring counties.

  • Plan could save county up to $1.1M

    HILLSVILLE — Taking advantage of low interest rates through refinancing water and sewer project debt could lead to a savings of between $686,000 and $1.1 million for the Carroll Public Service Authority, a financial advisor said Monday.

    R.T. Taylor, associate vice president of Davenport Public Finance, said his company — at the request of the authority members — undertook a financial analysis of capital improvement debt.

  • Galax man speaks up for shelter animals

    A Galax man pleaded with city council last week to extend the number of adoption days for animals awaiting their fate at the regional animal shelter in the city.

    More than a month ago, Eric Garrison said he made trips to the animal shelter to feed the dogs treats. Garrison said he spent less than a minute at the shelter, throwing the treats through the cages from the outside and never striking up a conversation with the shelter's staff.

  • Groundbreaking set for new Grayson school

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson officials will break ground on the new Grayson Highlands School on July 31 at 2 p.m.

    Grayson Schools’ Director of Personnel Chad Newman announced during the county school board meeting Monday that all the necessary permits have been obtained and the process is ready to move forward.

    Grayson Board of Supervisors on July 10 approved a special use permit to build the school on land off Route 16 in the Volney community.

  • A Comic-al Campaign

    It was a political prank worthy of The Joker himself.

    On Monday, motorists in Galax were startled, befuddled and — if they know their Batman comics and movies — maybe amused by a group of phony political campaigners handing out literature near Twin County Cinema III.

    Three well-dressed teens held balloons and signs that read “Take Back Gotham City — Vote Harvey Dent.”

    No, you haven’t missed Dent’s bid for president, and he’s not running for state office or city council.

  • GMS begins gang prevention program

    Galax School Board members believe a new middle and elementary school gang prevention program could help deter students from joining street gangs and educate them on how to respect others.

    This gang prevention program, which will be offered to sixth graders at Galax Middle School, came as a result of an adult who was charged with recruiting GMS students to join the “Bloods” street gang between the months of January and March this year.

  • Search for suspect ends in Kentucky

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A man wanted in connection with the breaking and entering at Patton Motorcycle Sales in the Fairview community of Grayson County, Va., last month turned himself in after leading police on a wild chase.

    According to The Shelbyville News — in Shelbyville, Ind. — a Shelby County SWAT team was called out July 7 after an armed suspect — later identified as Kenneth Frank Kipp, 34, of Elkin, N.C. — had fled on foot from police after being involved in a home invasion and attempted robbery.

  • County to watch over school projects

    INDEPENDENCE — Hoping to keep all new school projects in Grayson County on an equal basis, the board of supervisors voted last week to change wording in a resolution to give them authority to review all projects as they move along.

    The change was brought about after bids for the new Grayson Highlands School to be built in Volney came in nearly $2 million more than original estimates.

    Looking back on a previously passed resolution, the board consulted Attorney James E. Cornwell, Jr. on how to interpret the wording.