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Today's News

  • Freedom Day 5K/Downhill Mile draws 90

    INDEPENDENCE –– The third running of the Freedom Day 5K and Downhill Mile drew a total of 90 competitors to the twin races, held in Downtown Independence on July 4.

  • Huffman, Bowers playing well in BRJGT’s 20th season

    A pair of Galax golfers have stayed near the top of the leaderboard throughout the first four tournaments of the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour, as Jetta Huffman and Hunter Bowers have each posted a top-five finish in the 16-18 age group.

    Huffman and Bowers have each played in three of the four tournaments thus far in the season and neither has placed lower than ninth in any event heading into Monday’s tournament.

  • Six named to Timesland teams

    ROANOKE –– Three Twin County athletes have been named to the first team of their respective all-Timesland teams for spring sports and three more were honored as second-teamers, as chosen by The Roanoke Times this summer.

  • Readers Hotline 7/16/18

    A little bit fast
    I’d like to have respect for the state police, but I live on Tower Road and the state police park there and there’s a steep slope coming off the hill and people are going a little bit faster than 25 mph and when they want to make a quota or something, they always come to Tower Road and sit there and get the law-abiding citizens coming home from work. I just don’t have respect for them for doing that. I think they ought to be chasing drug dealers instead of law-abiding citizens.

  • Shooting suspect in custody

    Staff Reports

    FRIES — A suspect is in custody following a shooting Saturday night near Fenders Curve in Grayson County.

    John Ford Gilliam, 47, of Woodlawn, was charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony, after officers say he was involved in a confrontation that resulted in a man being shot in the arm.

  • Shooting suspect in custody

    FRIES - A suspect is in custody following a shooting Saturday night near Fenders Curve in Grayson County.

    The incident reportedly occurred around 9:30 p.m. in the area of the low water bridge in Fries.
    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department reports that the victim, who was shot in the arm, is in stable condition after being flown to Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
    John Ford Gilliam, 47, of Woodlawn is charged with malicious wounding.
    No other details are available at this time.

  • Grayson court commended by state

    INDEPENDENCE — The office of the Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk was recently commended following an audit of activity between April 1, 2017 through March 31.

    According to an official letter from the Auditor of Public Accounts, no issues involving internal control or the office’s operations were found during the audit.

  • Man arrested in Hillsville a suspect in Florida homicide

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE — A vehicle pursuit in Hillsville on July 8 lead to the discovery of a homicide in Florida.

    Police in Florida say it appears Matthew A. Barber, 49, of Orange City, Fla., “wanted to get caught,” based on his actions.

    Lt. Jason Sampsell of the Orange City Police Department told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that Barber “practically confessed, saying ‘I murdered someone in Florida, here is the address.’”

  • Landmark Group strikes deal with Carroll IDA to refurbish Woodlawn School

    Staff Report

    WOODLAWN — A real estate firm has entered into an agreement with the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to refurbish and repurpose the former Woodlawn School for apartments.

    The county and state officials announced the nearly $10 million project this week.

    The county closed the school in 2013, but it has operated as a community center since then.

  • Readers Hotline 7/11/18

    Doesn’t work
    Please stop writing return to sender on junk mail. It does not go back to the sender.

    Unhappy meal
    Seventy years old is closer to me than 60 years old and in all my years, I have never seen a more uninviting, cold, hard, uglier McDonald’s restaurant than the newly remodeled one at I-77. We heard they are going to redo the one in Galax the same way. We are really disappointed. Whoever designed that restaurant is just so disappointing.

    Congrats!