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Today's News

  • Housing rehab project receives $523K grant

    FRIES — A $523,200 state grant will pay for the second phase of Grayson County’s Eagle Bottom Housing Redevelopment Project.

    Phase II will include the reconstruction of three homes, the rehabilitation of six homes and the demolition of two derelict structures in the Fries area.

    Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Phase one of the project was completed earlier this year, was also funded by a block grant.

  • Driver in fatal crash indicted

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Sparta, N.C., man has been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on one charge, related to an alcohol-related crash that resulted in the death of a passenger.

    The grand jury met April 26 and indicted several suspects on a variety of charges. Several of the indictments, including this charge, were sealed until arrests could be made.

    A sealed indictment was recently opened against Clinton Joseph McDonald, 23, charging him with one count of DUI involuntary manslaughter.

  • APCo customers to receive one-time tax credit

    Staff Report

    Eligible Appalachian Power customers in Virginia will receive a one-time credit to return a total of $22 million in savings associated with federal corporate tax reform.

    A Virginia residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per month could see a credit of about $22.50, which will be deducted during this month’s billing cycle from the customer’s current charges. Individual credits will depend on the account’s historical energy usage.

  • Reader's Hotline 8/28/19

    On the lookout
    People on [unsure what the caller said; possibly “Milligan Street”] need to be on the lookout for a lady driving a Virginia car or a North Carolina car sitting and watching houses down next to the park where the kids play. She may be trying to look at houses to break into or something, but be on the lookout.

    Scheduling conflict

  • Petco awards animal shelter $285K

    The Petco Foundation is donating $285,000 to the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter to help it achieve a 90% save rate.

    A check will be presented today, Wednesday, at the Wytheville Petco.

    The grants are part of the foundation’s more than $750,000 in contributions to help Virginia animal shelters reach their goal of saving more than 90% of pets entering them.

  • ‘The Sandlot’ to screen in vacant lot

    A free showing of the film “The Sandlot” will be held Saturday evening on the lot next to the Main Street gazebo in downtown Galax.

    The event is called “Movie on Main” and may become a staple of downtown activities, depending on the success of this showing.

    The “Movie on Main” was planned by incoming Tourism Director Emily Brown, who described it as “an end of summer celebration” and outlined it in a proposal at the Aug. 12 Galax City Council meeting, where it was approved.

  • Thousands headed to Hillsville for flea market

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — The annual Labor Day Gun Show & Flea Market will transform Hillsville from a quiet town of 3,000 to one of the largest retail venues in the Southeast during the upcoming four-day holiday weekend.

    This year’s event will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 2 throughout the Town of Hillsville — from the stoplight at Main Street (U.S. 58/U.S. 52) west to the Bowman Festival lot — almost a mile of bargain-hunting pleasure.

  • Cavalier golfers finish fifth, sixth

    HILLSVILLE -- The Carroll County Cavaliers played in two Three Rivers District golf matches last week, finishing fifth in a seven-team match at Botetourt Golf and Swim Club last Thursday and sixth in a seven-team played Tuesday at the Pete Dye River Course in Radford.

    Radford claimed first place in last Thursday’s match that was cut to nine holes because of bad weather. The Bobcats edged Floyd County by one stroke with a team score of 154 to 155.

  • Grayson rounds out preseason work

    INDEPENDENCE –– Hoping to see his team build on an earlier positive showing in a scrimmage with Radford, Grayson County coach Brett McPherson was left scratching his head after the Blue Devils hosted Narrows for each team’s final preseason tune-up Thursday at Bill Strong Field.

  • JVs preserve 7-0 Galax win

    FLOYD –– Galax and Floyd County showcased Friday night what each hoped would be a winning varsity football team. But amid all the buzz surrounding things like returning starters, breakout seasons, Friday night hype and the like, the outcome hinged on the play of the junior varsity.

    Galax’s big boys managed to take a slim 7-0 lead before both teams turned the field over to the younger guys in the third quarter. A goal line stand by the Maroon Tide’s JVs made that one early touchdown stand up for a benefit game win at Floyd County High School.