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Today's News

  • Quilts of Valor

    INDEPENDENCE — The Quilts of Valor Foundation presented handmade quilts to several local veterans, during a special ceremony at the Historic 1908 Courthouse auditorium in Independence on Saturday, Nov. 10.
    In honor of Veterans Day, which was Sunday, Nov. 11, the quilts, which were hand-made by members of the foundation, were given as a symbol of support, comforting and healing, “to honor the veterans who have been touched by war,” said Carolyn Patton of the foundation.

  • Man charged with stealing from vending machines

    A series of vandalized vending machines led to the arrest of a Grayson County man by Galax police officers, according to Chief DeWitt Cooper.
    On Oct. 29, Officer A. Newman responded to a call of a damaged vending machine.
    Upon arrival, he noticed there were two machines broken. Newman, Senior Police Officer Darrin Alley, and Sgt. Trevor Jefferson proceeded to check other damaged vending machines in the city, and located three more.

  • IDC helps Dalton find place in world

    Submitted by Mount Rogers IDC

    Marty Dalton looks forward to a lot more than his paycheck during his four-hour shift at Lowe’s in Galax each Monday through Friday.
    “My favorite part is getting out for four hours every day,” he said. “I enjoy the work too.”
    Dalton utilizes a wheelchair since a 2013 car accident. For the last 14 months, Dalton has been employed in the plumbing section at Lowe’s. He knows plumbing and he knows how to work, Dalton was just looking for an opportunity.

  • Griffith, Kaine retain seats in Congress

    Staff Reports

    While Virginia continues its transformation into a progressive “blue state” with a series of recent Democratic victories in statewide races, the majority of local voters staunchly held on to conservative “red state” values on Tuesday.

    Democrats took back control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 election, but most voters in the Twin Counties still favored Republican candidates.

  • Final defendant sentenced in 'Rolling Thunder' case

    ABINGDON – Lelana Long, 37, of Meadows of Dan, was sentenced last week to 10 years and one month in prison, bringing to an end Operation Rolling Thunder, a drug investigation that charged a total of 24 people in Virginia and North Carolina for their part in a methamphetamine distribution network.

    Long was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Abingdon on a charge of methamphetamine trafficking, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen.

  • Citizen rewarded for honesty, gets to keep found cash

    INDEPENDENCE — A local man’s act of kindness was rewarded this month when the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office returned an unclaimed wallet to the citizen who found it in October.

    On Oct. 12, Glen Goodson of Fairview found cash and turned it in to the sheriff’s office. After posting notices on social media and in the local newspapers, no one stepped forward to claim the money.

  • Grayson schools looking ahead

    INDEPENDENCE ― In his report at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Grayson County School Board, Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said he has discussed a study of potential upgrades for the district’s five schools.

    He brought up the possibility of using electric heat in the future instead of propane, as an example.

    The school board might try to have an official meeting with the county board in December.

  • Peak season for fall leaves

    Staff Reports

    All signs are pointing to a vibrant season of autumn color this year, thanks to plenty of summer and early fall rain, according to Virginia Tech tree physiology expert John Seiler.

    “It looks like a really good fall, as all the soils have been recharged with good rainfall,” Seiler said. “The trees are in a really healthy position.”

    The Virginia Department of Forestry posts foliage reports at its website, dof.virginia.gov/fall/index.htm (or by calling 1-800-424-LOVE).

  • Vehicle stolen at knifepoint in Cana

    CANA – Two subjects involved in a strong-arm robbery that occurred on Sunday were located and taken into custody by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department on Monday in Cana.

    Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner reported that on Nov. 4 at approximately 7:30 a.m., Sgt. Barry Lineberry and Deputy Jason Newman responded to Timber Road in the Cana community in reference to a strong-arm robbery. Deputies arrived and spoke with the victim, who told them his 1995 red Nissan pickup had been taken from him at knifepoint, the report said.

  • Fugitive, drug suspect arrested after traffic stop

    A vehicle stop in Carroll County on Sunday resulted in the arrest of a man wanted for failure to appear in court, and resulted in additional charges after a vehicle search.

    According to a report from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, on Nov. 4 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Sgt. Barry Lineberry observed a maroon Ford Mustang driving recklessly while traveling south on Wards Gap Road in the Cana section of the county.