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Today's News

  • Town police get new software

    INDEPENDENCE — Police officers in Independence will soon be able to file all paperwork from the convenience of their vehicles.

    Independence Police Chief James Wagoner asked town council earlier this year to appropriate $2,000 for the purchase of new software for the department's laptops.

    Wagoner said in previous meetings that having the software in the police vehicles would keep officers on the streets longer — instead of having to spend a couple hours a week in the office filing paperwork.

  • Carrico prepares for state budget work

    Del. Bill Carrico (R-Fries) faces a stiff challenge as he begins his eighth year of service in the Virginia General Assembly.

    Carrico — who represents the 5th District that includes Grayson County, Galax and parts of Smyth, Wythe and Carroll counties — said the general economy of the state is not good.

    The state has a budget of about $40 billion a year and it will be the General Assembly's job to come up with ways to reach that goal.

    Carrico said that it would be hard to increase taxes because people can't afford to pay them.

  • Hounds race past Blue Devils

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. –– In times when it seems everything good or bad seems to be somehow related to a sagging economy, it’s fitting to look at Grayson County in economic terms: Poor first-quarter earnings have caused long-term woes for the Blue Devils.

    North Surry raced out to an 18-2 lead after the first period and rolled to a 58-19 win in a nondistrict game Tuesday afternoon at Ron King Gymnasium.

  • Floyd County, Marion take wins from Blue Devils

    FLOYD –– Floyd County rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit with a big third quarter and defeated Grayson County 67-53 in a nondistrict boys’ game Monday night.

    The Blue Devils (4-3) had defeated the Buffaloes (4-1) by 14 points two weeks ago and led 33-25 at intermission, but Floyd County outscored Grayson County 22-5 in the third quarter and never trailed again in claiming a 14-point win.

    Tucker Crawford and Cole Peters each scored 17 points to lead the Buffaloes, who have not lost since dropping their season opener to Grayson.

  • Idea makes citizens howl

    HILLSVILLE — Dogs chasing cars and barking all night are staples of country living, said a majority of citizens speaking out against nuisance and noise ordinance proposals dealing with animals at hearings before Carroll supervisors Dec. 8.

    The proposed noise ordinance named any animal or bird that would "cause frequent or long-continued noise," like barking, whining or howling. The proposal would also regulate noise from loud car or home stereos, collecting garbage before 5 a.m., musical instruments and more.

  • Letter to the Editor for 12/29/08

    Against cruelty, even in country

    I am a country girl, a regular red-meat-eating Republican redneck from a place just as rural as Carroll County, and just about as enlightened.

    That’s okay. I don’t mind unenlightened. But what I do mind is people just assuming that folks in Carroll County think puppy mills like David Winesett’s are okay.

    I am sure they don’t. I am sure they are just as horrified and outraged as I am. They just don’t know how to stop it.

  • Tourism promotion pays off for Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County has taken huge steps forward in its tourism industry in the past year and the results are finally being seen.

    During the board of supervisors' meeting Dec. 11, Felicia Hash of the Grayson administrator's office updated members on recent tourism awards and traffic counts on Grayson's Web site.

    The first thing Hash talked about was the various awards Grayson won in “Blue Ridge Country” magazine.

  • Carroll to fund Exit 19 water start-up

    HILLSVILLE — Three of Carroll's governing entities made a pact Dec. 17 to cover costs for Rural Development loans to get water and sewer to Exit 19.

    This is part of a continuing effort to prepare the Interstate 77 exit, also being referred to as "Wildwood," for intended commercial and industrial development.

    Five elected officials on the Carroll Board of Supervisors simultaneously met as both county board representatives and as Public Service Authority members, and they were joined by four members of the Industrial Development Authority.

  • Grayson to address bullying problems

    INDEPENDENCE — Bullying in the nation’s schools has become a significant problem, and the Grayson County School System is hoping to bring awareness to the problem next month.

    During its regular meeting Dec. 15, the Grayson School Board adopted a resolution recognizing January as “Bully Prevention Awareness Month.”

  • VDOT getting ready for winter

    INDEPENDENCE — Last year the Virginia Department of Transportation opted to consolidate various roads headquarters in Grayson County.

    Now officials can look back at what they learned.

    The Grayson Board of Supervisors asked Mathew Cox of VDOT to update them on what was learned during the previous year’s winter weather when fewer maintenance trucks were on the road.

    VDOT left only two county road headquarters after September 2007 — down from four.