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Today's News

  • Events venue approved, despite objections

    INDEPENDENCE — A zoning request from Elk Creek citizen and aspiring business owner Chris Butler was approved by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors at their August meeting, after some debate over the venue’s impact on the community.

    The decision to approve a special use permit for Butler’s farm to be used for a commercial wedding venue and event center came after citizens offered mixed opinions offered at a public hearing.

  • Galax hits roadblock in paving plan

    Galax has run into a roadblock while planning to repave Main Street.

    Last month, Galax City Council learned that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) would provide $338,972 to pave portions of South Main Street and all of North Main Street, as well as the westbound lane of East Stuart Drive from the intersection at McDonald’s to Gillespie Lane.

    However, the city learned at its August meeting that the downtown portion of the project might not be feasible.

  • Volleyball teams open seasons with five wins

    The three Twin County volleyball teams enjoyed a successful first week of the season as Carroll County, Grayson County and Galax combined to win five of their six matches in nondistrict action last week.

    Tuesday in Hillsville, Carroll County gave up the first point of the night but didn’t trail again in sweeping Pulaski County 25-13, 25-21, 25-13.

  • Cougars outscore Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– Dae Shawn Penn is listed on the Patrick County roster at 6 feet, 1 inch and weighing 230 pounds.

    Carroll County will attest to the fact that Penn is probably bigger than that because of the way he plowed through the Cavalier defense to lead the Cougars to a hard-fought 38-27 nondistrict victory over the Cavaliers last Friday night at Tommy Thompson Field.

    As one Carroll player commented on the sideline of Penn, who rushed 16 times for 256 yards and three touchdowns, “He was a load to bring down.”

  • Tide survives Highlanders

    SALEM –– The heat was on this past Friday night at Highlander Stadium after Galax stole a 32-29 victory late in the fourth quarter against Glenvar, starting Galax with a win for the first game of the 2019 season.

  • Trojans slip past Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– For Grayson County on Friday, the devil was in the details.

    Alleghany broke one big play on offense, made one big play on special teams and prevented the Blue Devils any big plays themselves as the Trojans slipped past Grayson 7-6 in a nondistrict game at Bill Strong Field.

    Alleghany evened its record at 1-1 while the Blue Devils opened the season at 0-1.

  • Reader's Hotline 9/2/19

    Encore!
    I’m not real sure who the lady was who was playing the guitar at the Galax National Night Out, but she did a fantastic job. I just wanted to somehow get her word of how much we enjoyed her performance. Very good, and thanks again to Galax for having the National Night Out. It was an enjoyable time for me and my family. Thanks again.
    Editor’s note: Marte Maney was the guitar player you enjoyed. We hope she sees your call!

    Not Christian

  • Town gets $175K grant for farmers' market

    By LARRY CHAMBERS & SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Independence Town Council recently received updates from town organizations and Town Manager Reid Walters.

    During his monthly report, Walters announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has offered to grant the town $175,000 for the construction of the Independence Farmers’ Market.

    Walters stated that he compiled information needed for the letter of condition, which has been submitted for consideration.

  • Marketing effort puts spotlight on Fancy Gap

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Tourism has received a $5,000 grant to promote Fancy Gap as a premier destination of stops and stays for travelers of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    The community is also right off the heavily traveled Interstate 77, at Exit 8 in Carroll County.

    Last week, Gov. Ralph Northam announced the award from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) Marketing Leverage Grant Fund program. In total, VTC awarded more than $965,000 for 44 tourism marketing projects across the state.

  • Police chase tractor-trailer 38 miles

    Staff Report

    Before his burning tractor-trailer was finally stopped in North Carolina, a driver took Virginia State Police on a 38-mile pursuit down Interstate 77 on Aug. 28.

    The man now faces numerous charges in both states.

    According to a state police report, around 7:45 p.m. last Wednesday, troopers in Wythe County tried to pull over the southbound tractor-trailer, which wasn’t staying in its lane on the interstate.