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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Fries a fine example of patriotism

    As I sit here on Main Street in Fries, I can’t help but feel patriotic pride. This is truly small town USA, the kind of a town we read about in National Geographic that observes Independence Day with old-fashioned patriotic spirit.

    I am sitting in the parking lot of Fries Baptist Church, across the street from the Fries Middle School, the home of the Wildcats. There is a PA system playing patriotic songs. I can observe people that already line the street a half-hour prior to the parade.

  • Progress takes time

    Sometimes, fortunes change with the flowing of the tides.

    In the case of Lambsburg and Carroll County, the economic tides turned when finding a source of ground water allowed a major investment to move forward.

    Drilling a successful well was the remaining hurdle to clear in attracting a new company to locate off Interstate 77’s Exit 1 in Lambsburg.

  • Looking ahead to Carroll's farming future

    HILLSVILLE — Farms and forests remain productive in Carroll County and can continue into the future, says Extension Agent Webb Flowers.

    Food and timber products are homegrown businesses that have a big impact on the local economy, and county officials want to see it remain that way as Carroll’s other staple industries — furniture and textiles — are on the decline.

    The commodities grown on farms and in forests generate millions of dollars of revenue in a year, but growers face challenges as expenses increase across the board.

  • Grow your own future

    The Twin Counties have seen first-hand the loss of domestic industry. First textiles declined and then the furniture plants closed, putting more than 1,000 out of work in Galax, Carroll and Grayson.

    It would be unfortunate to see another local industry go the way of the factories, but there's been a steady downward trend in another traditional Twin County pursuit — farming.

    Even so, agricultural commodities and forest products are still worth millions of dollars to the economy.

  • Love's Travel Stop headed to Exit 1

    HILLSVILLE — Striking water in Lambsburg is like striking gold, because water availability was essential to bringing at least a $7 million investment and 70 to 90 jobs from Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores to Carroll County.