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Today's News

  • ‘Move Over’ for first responders

    Guest column by Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine and Virginia Secretary of Public Safety & Homeland Security Brian Moran

  • Plant moving jobs overseas

    INDEPENDENCE — Core Health & Fitness has announced that operations will be shifting from manufacturing to customization at its Independence plant over the next six to nine months, with manufacturing operations moving overseas.

    “This process will result in several organizational changes, including the planned elimination of approximately 50 positions in Independence,” according to a statement from the company.

  • Traffic stop turns up drugs, guns

    A double vehicle stop resulted in the confiscation of weapons and drugs from a convicted felon and a woman from North Carolina last week.

    Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner reported that on Dec. 30, 2018, Sgt. Cody Edwards was stationed on U.S. 52 at the old tavern when he observed a Ford vehicle pass by his location with no front license tag and an expired Virginia state inspection sticker.

  • Teens cleared to serve as firefighters

    Virginia teens are now allowed to be volunteer firefighters and rescue squad members, a move that first responder agencies hope will bolster their dwindling ranks.

    The bill, passed last year in the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Ralph Northam in July, states that 16- and 17-year-olds can join a volunteer fire department and participate in non-hazardous activities like training exercises. As previously, they would not be able to participate in hazardous activities in fire or rescue units without obtaining parental consent first.

  • Messner remembered for community service

    Andrew Robert Messner, 60, passed away Jan 1 at his home in Christiansburg. The Michigan native known as Andy spent a memorable portion of his life as an active citizen of the Twin Counties, most notably by serving six years as a member of the Galax City School Board.

    While in Galax, Messner was manager of the city’s Hanes plant (then National Textiles); later director of operations of True Textiles in Elkin, N.C.; and most recently lead quality engineer at Federal Mogul in Christiansburg.

  • Readers Hotline 1/2/19

    Problem solved?

  • Students use grants for fresh ideas

    INDEPENDENCE — Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom awarded two $500 grants for Grayson County school projects in 2018.

    Grayson County High School (GCHS) and the Grayson County Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center were among the recipients of 62 mini-grants awarded by the program for the 2018-19 school year.

    The CATE Center received a $500 grant for “Blue Devil on the Go,” a project designed by Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Jamey Wingate. This project will introduce healthy snacks for the school’s student athletes.

  • Man arrested after struggle with deputy

    A report of an abandoned vehicle in the early morning hours of Christmas Day resulted in the arrest of a man with outstanding warrants out of Patrick County, along with charges of possessing illicit substances.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, on Dec. 25 at approximately 12:15 a.m., Deputy Jake Worrell responded to Iron Ridge Road in reference to an abandoned vehicle. When Worrell arrived, he found a Red GMC pickup with farm use tags near Gambetta Road.

  • Legislators file bills for 2019 session

    RICHMOND — The Virginia General Assembly’s 2019 session will convene beginning Jan. 9 and two legislators representing the Twin Counties are already busy pre-filing pieces of legislation.

    Sen. William M. Stanley Jr. (R-20th District) already has a number of bills pre-filed for this year, some of which were introduced as far back as July 2018. His district includes Galax and part of Carroll County.

    Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-5th District) has pre-filed one bill so far for this year’s session. His district includes Grayson County and Galax.

  • School bus crashes on the rise in Va.

    Staff Report

    A crash last week involving school buses in Hillsville has underscored the importance of safety precautions, as has a recent spate of bus-related crashes nationwide.

    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reports a three percent increase in school bus involved crashes in Virginia in the past five years.