Today's News

  • Town holds public hearing for downtown plan

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Independence Town Council’s plans for the downtown area ― namely, the Independence Town Park ― has been opened to suggestions from event planners and local business owners who utilize the space for local events, including the Independence Farmers’ Market.

    The council held the first of several planned public hearings to discuss the town park prior to their regular monthly meeting Sept. 11. Several farmers’ market representatives attended, along with representation from the Grayson County Library.

  • Tide third, Cavs second in golf; CC runners roll

    WYTHEVILLE –– Galax finished third in a four-team 9-hole Mountain Empire District match at Wytheville Country Club last Monday.

    George Wythe placed first in the match with a team score of 142. Auburn finished second at 161, followed by Galax with 174. Rural Retreat had only two players and no team score.

    Galax players and their scores were Hunter Bowers (40), Jed Diamond (41), Coleman Morgan (46) and Alex Brannock 47.

    Peyton Coe of George Wythe was the medalist with a 2-under 34.

  • Hump day headache


    Sports Editor

    SALEM –– It could be a tough decision, choosing which is more disheartening – the fact that Grayson County’s heretofore perfect season was ruined by Glenvar with a 36-12 throttling Wednesday night, or the fact that everybody involved still had two days of either school or work to deal with afterwards.

  • Pulaski runs past Carroll

    DUBLIN –– Carroll County had to shake off a loss, but take home the lessons learned after falling short of a comeback following a blowout into the second half in a 53-14 nondistrict loss to Pulaski County last Wednesday night.

  • Maroon Tide rolls, 42-0

    RURAL RETREAT –– Along with playing a varsity game on something other than a Friday, it was somewhat of an opposite day Thursday at Rural Retreat Community Stadium.

    Four-year starting defensive back Joshua Spurlin came into the game with one offensive reception in three games but grabbed four passes for 83 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, leading receiver Landon Dickson’s résumé through three games included two rushes for 1 yard, but he carried seven times Thursday for 50 yards and a score.

    Hey, whatever works.

  • Readers Hotline 9/17/18

    What’s fee for?
    I was just sitting here reading [the call] “Get to the bottom of it” about the flood drain pipes on Givens Street. We just wonder what’s happening to the tax money that they’re taking $18 a year for each piece of property for that purpose and we don’t see no pipe being put down and we don’t seen none being cleaned out. We just wonder what’s happened to the money.

  • Carroll emergency plans on standby; EOC status open

    The following reports and information have been compiled from Local and Regional Emergency Management Services


    due to forecasted weather conditions.


    Hillsville, VA – Carroll County has declared a Local Emergency effective 12:00 P.M. September 15, 2018, in response to forecasted extreme weather conditions in our region as a result of Tropical Storm Florence.

  • Bus drivers get benefits

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County School Board has returned benefits to part-time bus drivers, after discovering it had more flexibility in its budget.

    Part-time employees have been requesting a return of benefits for several months.

    The school board voted to reinstate the benefits at its meeting on Sept. 11.

    Several requests were made earlier this year, from part-time bus drivers employed by Carroll County Public Schools.

  • Grant will help FVFD recruit new firefighters

    FRIES — The Fries Volunteer Fire Department was recently awarded a grant to assist in recruiting new members, the second from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the past month.

    The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant, totaling $178,616, provides funding directly to fire departments to assist them in increasing or maintaining the number of trained “front line” firefighters.

  • AEP project moves forward

    The Galax Industrial Development Authority has sold a 16-acre parcel of land to American Electric Power for use in the utility’s $40 million Glendale Area Improvements Project.