Today's News

  • Carroll-Tazewell game halted after benches clear


    TAZEWELL –– Carroll County was well on its way toward gaining ground in the tight Southwest District baseball race Tuesday night when an ugly incident forced the suspension of its game with Tazewell at Lou Peery Field.

    The Cavaliers were leading 3-0 in the top of the third inning when a play at the plate resulted in some shoving and pushing, a tackle or two and both benches clearing, resulting in a large scuffle between the plate and the backstop.

  • Grayson, Galax voters head to the polls

    Three new faces will join Fries Town Council, after voters voted to oust three incumbents in Tuesday’s municipal election, and an incumbent council member who did not file for re-election was returned to council anyway in Independence.
    Ten candidates were seeking seven at-large seats in Fries.

  • Hillsville picks Crowder as new mayor

    HILLSVILLE  — It looks like Hillsville voters wanted some change as two incumbents, including the mayor, fell to their challengers in the May 1 municipal elections.
    Mayor Bill Tate sought re-election to a third term, but faced a challenge from entrepreneur Greg Crowder.
    All challengers ran on a theme of change in town government.
    While standing in the sun outside the polls at the Grover King VFW Post 1115  for most of Election Day, both mayoral candidates maintained that the race remained neck and neck.

  • Readers' Hotline 5/2/12

    What else?
    I agree with the caller about town employees putting a roof on the water plant in Fries. What else do they do?

    Enough police cruisers
    Just curious. On April 23 about 6:30 p.m., we observed eight police vehicles parked behind Hillsville’s new office. Also, two other vehicles on the street — the chief’s car and a patrol car. Hillsville has almost as many vehicles as officers. Something to think about on May 1.

    Beyond the search warrant

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 21

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 21 people on a variety of charges last Friday.
    Christopher Douglas Cecil was indicted on one count of malicious wounding. He is accused of wounding John Terry Kelly. He was also indicted on a statutory burglary charge for allegedly entering Kelly’s home.
    Other indictments included:
    • Sherry Ponce – grand larceny.
    • Roger Lynn Boyer II – grand larceny.
    • Richard Dusty Hash – credit cart theft.

  • Grayson National optimistic about future


    INDEPENDENCE — While the economy makes it difficult for community banks to make money, financial conditions overall are improving, according to recent reports from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
    For the Twin Counties, this national trend is mirrored in the area’s only locally-owned financial institution, Grayson National Bank, and leaders plan to present those findings during an annual meeting May 8.

  • Sears moving from Galax to Carroll


  • Carroll makes adjustments to balance budget

    HILLSVILLE  — Counting more court fines and forfeitures and paying down debts on the county complex and Public Service Authority obligations this year will help Carroll County cover the $1.8 million in new revenue it plans to provide to the schools next year, budget committee members learned at a meeting last Friday.

  • Store to participate in 'Free Comic Book Day'


  • Crossroads to host leadership conference

    Community leaders in the Twin County area will have access to the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders such as Tim Tebow, Soledad O’Brien and John Maxwell on Friday at the Crossroads Institute in Galax.
    The event, which begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m., will include a full day of activities and lunch.
    Jerry King of Carroll County Public Schools will emcee the local event.