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Today's News

  • Airport receives federal funding for improvements

    Twin County Airport has a grant to cover the costs of planning the facility’s future development.

    The regional airport in Carroll County was awarded $180,000 through the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program, within the Department of Transportation.

    According to Tuesday’s announcement, the grant will provide federal funding for updates to the airport’s master plan strategy and layout plan.

  • Carroll County Fair announces schedule

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Agriculture Fair, selected as the top event in Virginia by the Virginia Association of Fairs two years in a row, hopes to continue that tradition in 2018.

    This year’s fair is Aug. 22-26 at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market, off Interstate 77 in Hillsville.

  • On Target: Cox is 2-time archery gold medalist

    A lifelong resident of the Twin County area was awarded his second gold medal in the Virginia Commonwealth Games on July 27, after finishing leaps and bounds above the archery competition for the second consecutive year.

  • Turkey turmoil ties up traffic

    No humans were seriously injured, but several turkeys were lost — and some escaped — in a crash on Interstate 77 early Friday morning.

    Torrential rainstorms were the cause of an Aug. 3 tractor-trailer accident on I-77, which resulted in an extensive cleanup effort by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Carroll County Animal Control.

  • Galax radio station adds new FM frequency

    Galax has a brand new FM radio station, with some familiar programming.

    Twin County Broadcasting Corp., owners of WCGX 1360 AM, launched a new station, 96.5 FM, at 11 a.m. on Friday. The station will broadcast the same signal as WCGX “The Cat,” but to a wider audience, according to Deborah Stringer, president and CEO of Twin County Broadcasting.

  • Grayson grand jury charges 14

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – An Independence man has been indicted on rape and three other charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.

    The grand jury met July 27 and returned indictments against 14 suspects on drug violations and other charges.

    William Michael Fritze, 22, was indicted on four charges, including rape, strangling another causing injury, abduction and malicious wounding.

    Other indictments handed down included:

    • Quantel James McCall: two counts of abduction.

  • National Night Out offers free family fun

    Staff Report

    This year’s National Night Out in Galax is Tuesday, 6-9 p.m. on Main and Grayson streets, and will be hosted by the Galax Police Department.

    National Night Out, an event created for citizens to meet their local law enforcement officers and to find out more about police programs, will offer free food, including hotdogs with all the fixings, free drinks and watermelon.

  • Readers Hotline 8/6/18

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  • Thousands headed to Galax for 83rd annual fiddlers’ convention

    An estimated 40,000 musicians and fans will descend on Galax starting this weekend.

    Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 83rd Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention.

    The competition opens Monday and lasts through Aug. 11, but most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers showed up Sunday to set up.

  • How healthy is Grayson County? Survey seeks answers

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County’s Community Health Assessment survey is currently underway, seeking input from members of the community about the area’s healthcare needs.

    The survey is available online at vdh.virginia.gov/mount-rogers/ and at the county health department, county office and local schools. Grayson leaders encourage everyone in the county to take the survey, to help them identify healthcare resources, barriers and priorities.