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Today's News

  • Local men involved in Wythe chase

    Staff Report

    WYTHEVILLE — Two men from the Twin Counties are facing felony charges after leading state police on a chase in Wythe County.

    An incident report says the driver rammed a Virginia State Police trooper’s vehicle during the pursuit, but no officers were injured.

    The pair also faces local charges for unrelated crimes.

    According to a state police report, the May 20 incident began when a vehicle fled from a license and registration checkpoint in Wythe County.

  • Supervisors address Truitt resignation

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Administrator Steve Truitt tendered his resignation May 20, giving 90 days’ notice to allow for a well-managed transition, according to a statement issued by the county on Tuesday.

    The announcement comes after the Carroll County Board of Supervisors called a special closed meeting to discuss personnel last Friday. The board took no action, other than to say a statement would be released May 28.

  • Carroll administrator resigns

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Administrator Steve Truitt confirmed that he submitted a letter of resignation on May 20, but no county supervisors or officials had officially acknowledged that fact nearly a week later.

    The Carroll County Board of Supervisors held a special called meeting on personnel on May 24, but took no action after a nearly two-hour closed session.

  • 'Thunder' riders roll through Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — An organization with a powerful message rolled through Carroll County last Thursday morning while on their way to Washington D.C., leaving passersby thunderstruck while bringing in the Memorial Day weekend.

  • Teen driver injured in Galax crash

    Staff Report

    A single-vehicle accident on Mill Creek Road in Galax at 9:33 p.m. last Thursday resulted in a juvenile being airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, according to Virginia State Trooper J.R. Alderman.

    The vehicle, a 2004 Honda CRV, was traveling along Mill Creek on May 23 when it ran off the right side of the road, hit an embankment and overturned. The driver sustained a head injury.

  • Fundraising begins for Grayson 'Glow' effort

    INDEPENDENCE — The “Making Grayson Glow” initiative for a holiday lights display in Independence this Christmas is underway, with the donation campaign heating up prior to the “Glow” committee’s first major fundraising event.

  • Parkway announces summer paving plans

    Staff Report

    The National Park Service will resurface over 115 miles of pavement on the Blue Ridge Parkway this summer.

    Work is expected to start in late May and continue through November, with no work scheduled during October. Work locations, within scheduled project areas, will change weekly and visitors in active work zone areas should expect single lane closures and delays.

    Work will take place on the following sections of Parkway, and includes the paved road-side pullouts:

  • Latest round goes to Galax

    RINER –– Nobody’s season was on the line. Not even the two teams’ placement in the upcoming region tournament was at stake. This one was for pride only.

    So there was plenty to play hard for.

  • Grayson Republicans set slate of candidates

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Six Republican candidates have accepted nominations for county supervisor and constitutional officer seats up for election this year in Grayson County, including Independence Police Chief James Wagoner, who is challenging Sheriff Richard Vaughan, an independent.

    In addition to Wagoner, the following candidates were nominated at the Grayson County Republican Party’s mass meeting on May 20:

  • HoustonFest returning to Felts Park June 7-8

    HoustonFest’s 2019 lineup includes Shenandoah, Dailey & Vincent and EmiSunshine, as well as many returning favorites, new faces and the popular Youth Stage.

    HoustonFest will be held in Galax’s Felts Park on June 7-8.

    Dailey & Vincent (Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, backed by their band) are five-time Grammy award winners individually, three-time Grammy nominees collectively, four-time DOVE Award winners and winners of 35 IBMA awards altogether, including three-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year and three-time Vocal Group of the Year awards.