Today's News

  • 2013 – The Year in Sports

    Well, we made it through another one. 

    Earl Weaver, Stan Musial, Pat Summerall, Deacon Jones, Ken Norton and Todd Christensen, we wish you could have made it with us. Other notable losses during the year included George Jones, Jonathan Winters, Nelson Mandela, Paul Walker and Harold Camping.

  • UPDATE: Missing teen found

    UPDATE 12:48 PM:

    Galax police report that Phillips has been found safe in Greensboro, N.C.


  • Readers' Hotline 1/1/14

    Still speeding
    When people visit me from out of state, they are all the time asking me why the police can’t crack down on these speeders on Pipers Gap Road.

    Bring new industry

  • Community center looks back on successful year

    LAMBSBURG — The Lambsburg Community Center’s chairman foresees that a new library completed in 2013 could become a main attraction for Southern Carroll.
    Looking back at the community group’s accomplishments last year, Chairman Phillip Berrier expressed high hopes for the library that many volunteers have worked on.

  • County looks at controlling dogs deemed dangerous

    HILLSVILLE — Should Carroll County officials create a list of dangerous dogs that can be found around the county?
    That was the question recently raised by Supervisor Sam Dickson at a county board meeting.
    Dickson said he got the idea by reading a news article about other localities in Virginia having a “dangerous dog registry.”

  • Sheriff's office warns of fake charities

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has received a report of a possible fake charity attempting to raise funds for local police departments.
    Sgt. D.B. Carner, crime prevention specialist for the sheriff’s department, researched the phone number of the caller and learned that it was an unregistered cell phone number from Mountain City, Tenn. In fact, the number was associated with more than 60 reports of fake charities involving disabled veterans, breast cancer research, child abuse prevention, police and fire departments.

  • Grayson to use grants for school projects

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School Board will seek to replace Grayson County High School football field’s bleachers using leftover grant funds from the school’s recent athletic field and facilities renovation project.
    The board also plans to use some of the funding for various other needs around the schools.

  • It's checkup time for Affordable Care Act in Va.

    The rubber hits the road this week for the Affordable Care Act, as most Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay a penalty.
    But the health care law’s journey began nearly four years ago, and many tenets of the 900-page legislation have already taken effect.
    Here’s a look at its impact in Virginia so far:

    Closing the Medicare doughnut hole
    The doughnut hole is a gap in coverage from Medicare prescription drug plans. In most cases, recipients must pay a larger portion of drug costs at this stage.

  • Pay for insurance or pay a penalty?

    Not everyone must be covered by health insurance in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act.
    People who pay a tax penalty can go on their merry way.
    The health care law is meant to extend coverage to an estimated 29 million Americans by 2016. It will allow another 30 million people to remain uninsured.
    Most of them will be exempt from the individual mandate and will owe the government nothing for their choice.

  • Potter shapes a new life in mountains

    HILLSVILLE — The talent of “throwing pots” earned Ann Childress a career with the National Park Service, but the wheels continue to turn into her retirement.
    The Childresses lived in a lot of different places when she worked for the park service, but it wasn’t until they returned to the Blue Ridge to be close to her husband’s family that she had a studio dedicated to her craft.