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Today's News

  • Cavaliers debut in Narrows

    NARROWS –– Objectives for first scrimmages can vary from program to program, but Carroll County coach Jack Turner’s desires were pretty simple when his Cavaliers met Pike View, W.Va., Fort Chiswell and Narrows on Saturday.

    Turner mostly wanted to see his boys play like men (intelligent men, preferably) during the two-hour workout on the Green Wave’s turf.

  • Reader's Hotline 8/21/19

    Report theft
    Why do you advertise that coupons are in the paper? Even in the last week, there haven’t been any coupons at all, and also the Wednesday paper does not have the grocery circulars. I was wondering why.

  • Fugitive leads police on chase

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — An Ohio man has been apprehended in Independence, following two police chases in Yadkin County, N.C., and Grayson County on Monday morning.

    According to a report shared by Sgt. Matthew Adams on Tuesday, Dante Ridford, 23, of Canton, Ohio, has been arrested on seven charges stemming from a police chase along U.S. 21.

  • Library to be renovated in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Public Library will soon undergo a makeover as beautification plans are finalized by the Friends of the Library.

    Larissa Venzie of the Friends group recently presented plans for the library building to the Grayson County Board of Supervisors. She showed the board a concept drawing and summarized the projects they hoped to complete in the next year.

  • Vaping suspected cause of lung injuries

    Staff Report

    The Blue Ridge Poison Center at University of Virginia Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued an alert about nearly 100 cases of lung illnesses that appear to be linked to vaping.

    The agencies say no deaths have been reported, “but many have experienced life-threatening symptoms and needed emergency hospital care.”

  • Devils ‘T’ up with Radford

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County lining up in an ancient offensive formation may have been somewhat of a mild shocker Friday afternoon. The Blue Devils’ ability to throw the fade, on the other hand, seemed downright habitual.

  • Reader's Hotline 8/19/19

    Flawed system
    I’m curious about the school’s new registration system. I thought they bought a new system for registration by the same outfit that has PowerSchool. I know that other districts have dropped PowerSchool because it erases the grades or just makes it inoperable so teachers can’t even take roll. So, why are they getting a system that’s flawed?

    Not Christian

  • Carroll fair begins this week

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — At Carroll County’s annual event, which kicks off this week, you’ll see all the time-honored staples of a proper fair — homemade crafts, home-canned food, livestock shows, new and antique farm equipment on display, midway games. The smell of cotton candy lingers in the air with the sounds of children’s laughter.

    The fair runs Aug. 20-25 at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market in Hillsville.

  • APCo upgrading meters in Galax

    Staff Report

    Appalachian Power will no longer have to come to your house or even drive by to read the electric meter, after an upgrade of equipment in the Galax area.

    However, you might see APCo contractors visiting your home to switch out the old meters for the new ones.

  • Democracy won't die if we don't let it

    Editor’s note: Lee H. Hamilton is a senior advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government and served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

    Democracy’s premise is that ordinary citizens can make solid decisions on complex issues. But this basic principle and the structure of laws and practices erected over the centuries to safeguard it are being questioned as rarely before.