Today's News

  • Propane tank barriers may be required

    Local regulations are in the works involving safety of propane tanks, as Twin County officials try to prevent explosive accidents such as the one that killed two Fries women on Dec. 10.

    Iva Martin, 78, and daughter Mary Kay Leonard, 52, died as the result of burns they received after a vehicle rolled into a propane tank, causing a leak.

    A clothes dryer's pilot light in the Fries laundromat ignited the gas, and the explosion injured another three people.

  • Local events

    What's Happening

    Friday, Jan. 25

    Red Cross blood drive, Independence VFW Post 7726, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donors are entered to win a 42-inch HDTV and a donation to the military support center will be made for each donor who signs in.

    Pinto bean supper and auction rescheduled for Friday at Fries Middle School, 3 to 7 p.m. (276) 744-2542.

    Saturday, Jan. 26

    Hospice volunteer training, session II, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mountain Valley Hospice, Mount Airy, N.C., office. (336) 789-2922 or (888) 789-2922.

  • High School Basketball Round-Up: 1/25/08


    Giles 44, Galax 56

    Galax stormed ahead from a one-point deficit to open the fourth quarter and ran away with a 56-44 nondistrict win over Giles in a girls’ game Monday in Galax.

    Trailing 32-31 after the third period, Galax got 10 fourth-quarter points from Caci Higgins and eight more from Piper Caudell on the strength of 6-for-6 shooting from the foul line to outscore the Spartans 25-12 down the stretch.

    Higgins and Caudell each finished with 16 points for Galax (6-10). Jamie Webb added eight points and 11 assists.

  • N.C. man charged in triple homicide

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County officials secured three capital murder warrants Sunday charging a Crumpler, N.C., man in a triple homicide at a Mouth of Wilson tree farm last Thursday morning.

    Frederick Phillip Hammer, 48, was questioned around midnight the day of the shootings on Jan. 24, at his home in Ashe County, N.C.

  • Lift Every Voice

    Local churches united on Jan. 20 to celebrate the legacy of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in an event that honored those who fought for the freedoms that the black community enjoys today.

    The annual celebration included songs of praise, speeches from local black leaders and a remembrance of King’s dream of equality, dignity and integrity for people of all races

    This year’s event was held at The Redeemed Church on Mockingbird Lane in West Galax, a place with historic significance to the local black community.

  • Line relocation estimate lower than expected

    HILLSVILLE — With cooperation from utility companies, the estimated cost of moving electric, phone and cable lines in Hillsville is much less than what town officials expected to pay.

    Hillsville Town Council heard the good news at its Jan. 14 meeting.

    “It will only be a third of the price we were always told it would be,” said Town Manager Larry South.

    Removing the unsightly utility lines from in front of historic buildings, like the old Carroll courthouse and the Carter Home, has long been a wish list item in downtown revitalization discussions.

  • Water requests renewed in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — The new Carroll Public Service Authority members received a welcome in the form of renewed requests for water and sewer at its first meeting.

    Citizen John Nobili had brought requests for public sewer service for Carrollwood Drive to the authority before, but that was before six new people were appointed to the board that oversees public utilities in the county.

    The Carroll Board of Supervisors appointed themselves to the authority positions in early January.

  • Easements protect 2,200 acres

    INDEPENDENCE — Two Grayson County farms that guard the scenic view and water quality along five miles of the New River will be forever protected in their natural state, thanks to conservation easements donated by their owners in 2007.

    Grayson County was one of the region’s leaders in land conservation in 2007 with nearly 1,392 acres protected, according to the New River Land Trust.

  • Student discipline programs working

    INDEPENDENCE — New programs implemented this year in Grayson County Schools have drastically reduced the number of students being suspended.

    Independence Middle School Principal Bobby Cheeks and Bridle Creek Elementary Principal Pat Driscol presented the school board with results from the first semester of the two programs during the regular school board meeting Jan. 14.

    Cheeks first talked about Effective School-wide Discipline, known as ESD.

  • Good sentenced for first-degree murder

    INDEPENDENCE — Marcus Justin Good, 30, of Chilhowie has been sentenced to 85 years in prison in connection with the stabbing death of Stacy J. Richardson.

    Circuit Court Judge Bret Geisler sentenced Good to 80 years in prison on the first-degree murder charge and five years for grand larceny in the theft of Richardson’s 1992 Pontiac Sunbird.

    Good appeared at a sentencing hearing in Grayson Circuit Court in December 2007.