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Today's News

  • Watch the road, while your car watches you

    A vast majority of motorists wants tougher laws to prevent sharing of vehicle data that is being sent out by the new generation of “connected cars.”
    A new poll by the American Automobile Association shows Virginia motorists are expressing strong concerns over the ownership and privacy of the data.

  • Zumba class offers fun way to stay fit

    HILLSVILLE — When it comes to staying fit, active and healthy in the New Year, the Carroll Wellness Center’s Zumba instructor prefers talking about a “lifestyle change” than a well-meaning, one-time “resolution.”
    When Gretchen Lawson attended her first Zumba class, as a mother-daughter activity through her church, she weighed 220 pounds.

  • Altercation involving police chief investigated

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police have been looking into a report of an alleged assault involving the Hillsville police chief while off-duty.
    “We’re conducting an investigation, but we can’t make any comment on an investigation,” said Lt. J.J. Daniels, stationed at the Wytheville Virginia State Police Office.

  • Petitions defend zoning, call for supervisor's recall

    INDEPENDENCE — Recent controversial action by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors has prompted a group of citizens to circulate three petitions aimed at recalling a supervisor and retaining the county administrator and the county’s zoning ordinance.

  • Hospital working to slow spread of flu virus

    Twin County Regional Hospital has temporary visitation guidelines in place to minimize the spread of flu.
    Visitors will be limited to those who are at least age 18.
    Those who are younger should not visit the hospital including, the intensive care unit and the mother-baby unit, because those patients and infants, as well as visitors who are minors, are more vulnerable to illnesses increasing their risk for complications.

  • 2013 EDITORIAL AWARDS

    There’s a lot of national “news” we’d like to forget about 2013 — Obamacare debates, the “fiscal cliff,” Honey Boo Boo, twerking, “selfie” pics and state election ads on TV.
    However, we could watch footage of Miley Cyrus and Honey Boo Boo snapping a selfie pic and twerking as they drove a car off the fiscal cliff over, and over and over. But, with our luck, Obamacare would cover their recovery and then they’d be back.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/6/14

    Take a stand
    Grayson County: those who want zoning out, speak out. Come to the board meeting. Stand up for what you have worked for — the right to do what you want to on your property. By the way, you are the one who has paid these taxes. Come and stand up for what you believe in.

    Allegedly

  • Emergency call leads to drug charges

    Galax police have arrested a woman on drug charges after assisting Galax-Grayson EMS with a drug overdose call.
    According to Police Chief Rick Clark, Kaylan Jane Arnold, 20, of Galax was charged with possession of methamphetamine and a Clonopin.
    The arrest took place after Officer Darrin Alley responded to a business on South Main Street in Galax to assist Galax-Grayson EMS with a reported drug overdose.

  • Remembering the last train out of Galax

    Olen Quesenberry of Galax submitted this first-hand account of the last train to leave the city in 1985 before the rails were taken up, along with his photos of the trip.

  • Supervisors question funds for Grant center

    INDEPENDENCE — By a vote of 3-2, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors last month appropriated a portion of the funding needed to keep the Grant Community Computing Center open through the end of February.
    The supervisors appropriated $4,000 to keep the center open through part of February. In the meantime, the center’s staff and the Grant community will have to form a plan of action for becoming more self-sustainable to keep it open beyond that point.