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Today's News

  • Body of missing woman found

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday afternoon that the body of Jo Anne Hatcher was found one mile downstream from where she went missing last Wednesday.

  • Reader's Hotline 6/26/19

    Editor’s note: Readers are reminded that we do not accept calls related to local political races. If you’d like to endorse a candidate or write about the merits of those running for local office, please send a signed letter to the editor.

    Christians for Trump

  • Candidates file for Carroll races

    HILLSVILLE – Two candidates have filed to challenge incumbents for Carroll County Board of Supervisors seats in the November general election, while one incumbent candidate will run unopposed.

    Markel Cochran is running as an independent to challenge Republican nominee Tracy Moore for the Pine Creek District seat. Benny Robinson has filed to run as an independent challenger to incumbent Republican Robbie McCraw for the at-large seat on the board. Rex Hill is unopposed in his bid for re-election to the Sulphur Springs District seat.

  • Galax gets $2M for new sidewalks

    Staff Reports

    Pedestrians on the east side of Galax will soon have a safer way to travel to businesses along U.S. 58/East Stuart Drive.

    The city was awarded a $2 million grant from the Commonwealth Transportation Board on June 19 for a sidewalk construction project, according to a news release.

    The grant provides for a nearly one mile (more than 5,000 feet) of sidewalk on the north side East Stuart Drive, from Larkspur Lane east to Hanes Road, along with ramps and signalized pedestrian controls at traffic intersections.

  • Two charged in Grayson

    Staff Report

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office reported two recent arrests, one for violation of a protective order and the other for a drug violation.

    Grayson officers arrested Brandon Todd Jones, 43, of 852 Hester Road, Fries, for violation of a protective order, according to the report from Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

  • You’ll be in a fowl mood if you miss this event

    Staff Reports

    It’s a long trip to Carnegie Hall, and a great expense to see the Paris Opera, but tickets to the world’s most sought-after social event can be yours for a mere $5.

    Just stop any Galax firefighter you see and ask to purchase a ticket to the annual July 4 Great Galax Duck Race, truly an amazing spectacle for young and old alike.

    The swells, the hoi polloi and the cream of the celebrity media crop all gather along the banks of Chestnut Creek to watch the thrilling sight of yellow rubber ducks floating downstream.

  • Reader's Hotline 6/24/19

    Editor’s note: Readers are reminded that we do not accept calls related to local political races. If you’d like to endorse a candidate or write about the merits of those running for local office, please send a signed letter to the editor.

    Pothole problem

  • Grand jury indicts 75 in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury certified a total of 120 indictments issued to 75 individuals last week.

    An indictment is a formal charge, and those charged are considered innocent until and if they are convicted.

    The indictments included:

    • Steven Michael Akers, 27, of Austinville; possession of a Schedule II drug (methamphetamine);

  • Grayson officer running for Wythe sheriff

    WYTHEVILLE — Grayson County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Sgt. Doug Carner is retiring from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office to run for the office of sheriff in Wythe County.

    In a recent news release, Carner described law enforcement as more of a calling than a career.

    He said that while he is a conservative Christian, he is running as an independent candidate because “citizens deserve fair and impartial enforcement of our laws.”

  • Longest time in history without federal minimum wage increase

    Holly Sklar is the CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, a national network of business owners and executives who believe a fair minimum wage makes good business sense.

    There are a lot of records that would be great to break. This isn’t one of them: June 16 marked the longest period in history without an increase since the federal minimum wage was established in 1938.