Today's News

  • Cavaliers win two on Hall of Fame night

    HILLSVILLE –– It was a special night at Carroll County High School last Friday. Besides a pair of varsity games against Christiansburg, it was also induction night for five new members to the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame.

    One of the inductees was Marc Motley, the girls’ head coach. He proved one reason for his induction when his team scored a resounding 70-36 victory over the Blue Demons in a River Ridge District game.

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  • Firefighting Friends

    Members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department visited Mrs. Isom’s class at Galax Elementary School on Jan. 26 for a fire safety talk.

    Students learned about smoke alarms and exactly what to do if their smoke alarm goes off inside their home. Students were instructed to “get out and stay out” if the alarm goes off.

    “When they get out of the house, go to your family meeting spot, which may be the mailbox, a big tree in the yard, the swing set, or whatever works for their family,” said Fire Capt. Mike Ayers.

  • Local legislators' bills advance in Assembly

    Staff Reports

    Local legislators have been busy this past month in their support of numerous bills as they make their way through the Virginia General Assembly.

    Bills introduced this year by representatives of the Twin Counties cover a wide range of topics, from local issues such as the impending closure of the Southwest Virginia Training Center to statewide issues involving animal rights, guns and traffic laws.

  • Former GCHS band director charged with sexual battery

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― Donald R. Munsey Jr., a former band director for the Grayson County School system, will appear in Grayson County General District Court in the coming months to face a charge of sexual battery.

    Schools’ Superintendent Kelly Wilmore confirmed that Munsey is no longer employed by the school system. According to personnel reports, Munsey resigned from his position as band director, effective on Jan. 19.

  • Andrews indicted for tax fraud, perjury

    Federal indictments unsealed last week show 19 counts against Carroll County businessman Jones Keith Andrews, owner of Andrews Farming Inc. and ANDCO Logistics, for more than $1.2 million in alleged tax fraud against the U.S. government.

    The amount refers to cash wages not reported to the government for about six years, according to the indictment on file with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon.

  • Bill to outlaw tethering pets rejected by House

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND - A bill to prohibit the tethering of dogs and other animals was rejected Monday by a subcommittee of the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee.

    HB 1802, filed by Del. John J. Bell (D-Chantilly) would have allowed tethering only if the owner of the animal were outside and within sight of the pet.

  • Reflecting on WCC’s past year

    Dr. Dean Sprinkle is president of Wytheville Community College

    With the start of a new year, it’s timely to reflect on the prior year at Wytheville Community College. I have had the privilege of serving as WCC’s president for the past year and a half, and I have been overwhelmed and humbled by how the college faculty, staff, students and communities have welcomed me and my wife, Janie.

  • Grayson teachers push for pay raise

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson teachers’ salaries are 18 percent below the state average, and the county education association’s budget presentation to the Grayson School Board had a special focus on fair pay this year.

    “We have been making do for a long time,” said Pam DeBord of the Grayson County Education Association at the board’s Jan. 9 meeting.

    According to the data in DeBord’s report, state teachers’ salaries currently stand at 11 percent below the national average.

  • Man pleads guilty to child solicitation

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Circuit Court was prepared to hear the case against James Norwood Crowder, 42, of Christiansburg, on Jan. 12, when the defendant waived his right to trial and pleaded guilty to proposing sex with a child.