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Local News

  • Airport receives federal funding for improvements

    Twin County Airport has a grant to cover the costs of planning the facility’s future development.

    The regional airport in Carroll County was awarded $180,000 through the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program, within the Department of Transportation.

    According to Tuesday’s announcement, the grant will provide federal funding for updates to the airport’s master plan strategy and layout plan.

  • Turkey turmoil ties up traffic

    No humans were seriously injured, but several turkeys were lost — and some escaped — in a crash on Interstate 77 early Friday morning.

    Torrential rainstorms were the cause of an Aug. 3 tractor-trailer accident on I-77, which resulted in an extensive cleanup effort by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Carroll County Animal Control.

  • Galax radio station adds new FM frequency

    Galax has a brand new FM radio station, with some familiar programming.

    Twin County Broadcasting Corp., owners of WCGX 1360 AM, launched a new station, 96.5 FM, at 11 a.m. on Friday. The station will broadcast the same signal as WCGX “The Cat,” but to a wider audience, according to Deborah Stringer, president and CEO of Twin County Broadcasting.

  • Grayson grand jury charges 14

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – An Independence man has been indicted on rape and three other charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.

    The grand jury met July 27 and returned indictments against 14 suspects on drug violations and other charges.

    William Michael Fritze, 22, was indicted on four charges, including rape, strangling another causing injury, abduction and malicious wounding.

    Other indictments handed down included:

    • Quantel James McCall: two counts of abduction.

  • National Night Out offers free family fun

    Staff Report

    This year’s National Night Out in Galax is Tuesday, 6-9 p.m. on Main and Grayson streets, and will be hosted by the Galax Police Department.

    National Night Out, an event created for citizens to meet their local law enforcement officers and to find out more about police programs, will offer free food, including hotdogs with all the fixings, free drinks and watermelon.

  • How healthy is Grayson County? Survey seeks answers

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County’s Community Health Assessment survey is currently underway, seeking input from members of the community about the area’s healthcare needs.

    The survey is available online at vdh.virginia.gov/mount-rogers/ and at the county health department, county office and local schools. Grayson leaders encourage everyone in the county to take the survey, to help them identify healthcare resources, barriers and priorities.

  • Baywood voters will go to new precinct

    Staff Report

    BAYWOOD — Cody Wingate of the Grayson County Registrar’s Office has announced an updated polling location for voters in the Baywood precinct.

    Following the closing of Baywood School earlier this year, the polling location will now be located at the Baywood Wesleyan Church, at 1995 Old Baywood Road in Galax.

    All voters in Baywood have also been notified by mail of the change.

    Questions can be directed to the Office of Elections, (276) 773-2842.

  • 3 locals charged with Fort Chiswell mall arson

    FORT CHISWELL — A trio of Twin County residents charged with setting an April 6 fire that destroyed part of the abandoned Fort Chiswell Outlet Mall in Wythe County have extensive charges related to other property crimes and traffic violations.

    Court records and information from the Virginia Bureau of Criminal Investigations reveals connections between three subjects who were arrested on arson charges earlier this week.

  • Lord's Acre needs churches to participate

    The United Workers for Christ are putting forth a call for more churches to attend and participate in this year’s Lord’s Acre Sale, according to Thomas Lee, who sets up equipment for the sale each year.

    The Lord’s Acre Sale is a unique celebration wherein churches gather to sell homemade or home-grown items like produce, canned goods, baked goods, quilts and various crafts donated by their members. The name comes from farmers keeping back an acre of land to grow food “for the Lord” at the sale.

  • APCo customers to see rate reduction

    Staff Report

    An interim rate reduction will be implemented by Appalachian Power Company for its Virginia customers, beginning with August bills.

    Residential customers using 1,000 kilowatt-hours a month will see a reduction in their bills of approximately $4.83, once the interim rate is fully implemented.

    The $50 million interim rate reduction is associated with the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.