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Today's News

  • Reader's Hotline 8/26/19

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  • Va.'s First Lady visits local schools

    During her second annual back to school tour, Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam visited early childhood education programs and elementary schools in each of the commonwealth’s eight regions, highlighting the important of school readiness.

    Independence Elementary in Grayson County and St. Paul in Carroll County were the two local schools on the tour, and Northam stopped by last Wednesday for a visit.

  • Foundation grant pays for playground upgrade

    The new playground equipment for the Galax Recreation Center’s outdoor playground at Felts Park recently received an official ribbon cutting.

    Members of the Galax City Council, the rec center staff and the Twin County Community Foundation (TCCF) were on hand for the brief ceremony.

    The equipment was purchased with a $20,000 TCCF grant, which the city applied for in the 2018 grant cycle; Galax also saved itself an $11,000 installation fee by doing the job with city employees.

  • Project would get runners on track

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A big problem for track and cross country teams in Grayson County for many years is that there is no track.

    Grayson Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore is working to remedy the problem.

    He reported to the Grayson County School Board at its Aug. 12 meeting that he was still working with architects to come up with a suitable site plan somewhere in the county’s recreation park and surrounding area.

  • Parkway tourism brings in $1 billion

    Tourism to the Blue Ridge Parkway created more than 1 billion in economic benefits to communities along its 469-mile route.

    Communities along and adjacent to the national park — including Galax, Carroll and Grayson — saw increased spending in 2018, according to a new report released by the National Park Service (NPS)

  • Gun owners must push for sensible regulations

    Stephen Nash is a visiting senior research scholar at the University of Richmond, and the author of the book “Virginia Climate Fever,” published by the University of Virginia Press.

    Listen up, Galax area gun owners, especially if you’re a Republican.

    Each of us has powerful leverage to affect legislation in Virginia right now. It only takes a few keyboard clicks and quick voicemails.

  • Carroll Fair continues this weekend

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Agricultural Fair continues this weekend, with homemade crafts and home-canned food, livestock shows, farm equipment on display, midway games, live music, wrestling and carnival rides

    The fair runs through Aug. 25 at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market in Hillsville. Each day, there are exhibits in the Exhibit Hall, an FFA Barnyard near the Livestock Show Tent and demonstrations located throughout the fairgrounds.

    This weekend’s events include:

    Friday, 5–11 p.m.

  • 'Bottom' project continues in Galax

    The Eastview Phase of the Bottom Area Project is moving along, according to Galax City Manager Keith Barker; five houses and at least three businesses are receiving the benefit of the program aimed at alleviating flooding and rehabilitating structures.

    “What we’re trying to do is, when we build a house, we have to either relocate the people or keep them in,” said Barker, on site at Meadow Street, where two new homes are being built.

    City Building Inspector Terry Atwell is working on “moving them back off from the road,” Barker said.

  • The nose knows: K-9 sniffs out drugs at traffic stop

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County sergeant arrested three individuals after a recent traffic stop turned up drugs and drug paraphernalia.

    According to a report from Sheriff Richard Vaughan, the arrests took place on Aug. 2. Sgt. Jason Carico was on routine patrol on Route 94, near Nuckoll’s Curve Road, when he observed a vehicle with a defective driver’s side headlight. He initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of 94 and Grinder’s Mill Road.

  • Carroll supervisors honor departing county administrator

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution at its Aug. 12 meeting recognizing Steve Truitt, former county administrator and executive director of the Carroll County Economic Development Authority, for countless hours of dedication in bringing economic development to the area.

    After resigning unexpectedly at the end of May, Truitt remained in office while aiding recently hired Interim Administrator Cellell Dalton during the transition.