Today's News

  • Tide jumps on Devils for 23-point victory

    Galax jumped out to a 10-point lead after seven minutes and never let Grayson County inside of double figures the rest of the night, taking a 57-34 win in a Mountain Empire District game Friday night.

    The Maroon Tide improved to 7-3 overall on the year with the win, 2-1 in district play, dropping the Blue Devils to 1-9, 0-1.

  • Grayson good enough in win

    There is no column in a basketball scorebook for style points, no judges’ marks for grace and artistry. Winning ugly counts as much as winning pretty when Grayson County and Galax get together, and either team will take a homely win over an attractive loss to the other any day.

    The Blue Devils stayed undefeated in Mountain Empire District play with a did-what-it-needed 36-27 win Friday over the Maroon Tide.

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  • Electric bills could rise by $4 per month in May

    Appalachian Power Company is seeking a rate increase in connection with two requests to make improvements to transmission lines and infrastructure.
    One of the requests could mean a monthly increase of about $4 for an average residential customer’s bill, beginning in May.
    The other proposal would allow the power company to make improvements to 36 miles of transmission line between its Cloverdale substation in Botetourt County and a point in Rockbridge County where it connects with a line owned by Dominion Virginia Power.

  • How healthy is area's healthcare?


    The Community Advisory Groups of Carroll, Grayson and Galax held a joint meeting at Twin County Regional Hospital on Jan. 9 to discuss topics for a community health needs assessment.
    This assessment is Twin County Regional Healthcare’s newest project, which has been taken on in an effort to pinpoint health concerns in the community. Over the next three years, the hospital will partner with research group Stratasan to collect data and form a plan.

  • Murder charges placed in 11-year-old crime

    INDEPENDENCE — Charges have been placed in the 11-year-old unsolved murder case of Brandon Billings, a Galax High School student and football player found shot to death in his truck in 2002.
    According to Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, a special grand jury convened by the Grayson County Circuit Court returned indictments charging that Chad Allen Reeves, 33, and George Albert Harper III, 40, did “with malice aforethought, kill and murder” Kyle Brandon Billings at some time between Oct. 5 and 6, 2002.

  • Jan. 10 road conditions deceptively dangerous

    Deputies responded to a slew of wrecks in Grayson County on Friday following a bout of rain that froze into patches of black ice on the roads.
    According to a report from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, troopers were busy all morning responding to wrecks — some involving up to five cars at a time.
    “On Davis Knob Road, we had four vehicles involved in separate accidents. Most of them had slid off of the road, struck embankments and fences,” he said.  Deputies assisted Virginia State Trooper J.N. Sowers.

  • Crash results in injury for driver

    Grayson County troopers and Baywood Rescue responded to the scene of a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 58 on Jan. 9, which resulted in one patient being flown out with serious injuries.
    According to a statement from Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, the accident took place at Diamond’s Produce on 58 at 8 a.m. last Thursday. Angela Marie Baldwin, 40, of Independence, was driving a 1991 Buick when she pulled out from a private drive into oncoming traffic.

  • APCo customers set new all-time peak demand

    Appalachian Power customers set an unofficial all-time peak demand of electricity usage during last week’s Arctic blast.
    Cold weather across the company’s service area helped push electricity consumption to 8,410 megawatts at 8 a.m. last Tuesday. The previous record of 8,308 megawatts was set on Jan. 16, 2009.

  • Bill would require more testing for older drivers in Virginia

    RICHMOND — A Virginia state senator has filed a bill that would require older Virginia drivers to test more often to renew their licenses.
    The bill would lower the age to 75 from 80 for mandatory in-person license renewal with a vision test, and require anyone 75 or older to renew every five years rather than the current eight-year mandate.
    It would provide for a course in crash prevention for older drivers and make that course an option in levying sentences for driving offenses.