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Today's News

  • Governor announces school safety plan

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed state budget features an additional $39 million in new money for investments to ensure safe learning environments for Virginia’s K-12 students.

    Northam also is proposing to allocate $36 million to fund additional school counselors across the commonwealth, and additional money to provide training for school resource officers.

  • Cornett to promote Grayson tourism

    INDEPENDENCE — Tourism continues to be a top priority in Grayson, and less than one month into her new position as tourism support specialist, Tracy Cornett is excited to promote what the county has to offer.

    Cornett officially began her new position on Nov. 19. She filled the seat previously occupied by Rhonda Sproviero, who announced in November that she would be taking a full-time position in the county’s building department.

  • Maroon Tide falls to Auburn in season opener

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    RINER – Auburn broke a close game open in the third period last Friday night to beat the Galax 63-43 in the season opener for the Tide.

    Galax led 14-12 after the first period, but scored only four points in the second period to fall behind 25-18.

    The Eagles put the game away in the third period, outscoring the Tide 27-9.

    Cade Ashworth led the Tide attack with 12 points, including two 3-pointers.

    Taylor Newcome led the Eagles with 17 points.

  • Pioneer second half surge beats Blue Devil boys

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    MAX MEADOWS – Trailing by two points at halftime, Fort Chiswell came from behind in the second half to squeak out a 72-66 Mountain Empire District victory over the Grayson County Blue Devils.

    After falling behind 53-46 after the third period, the Blue Devils made a run at the Pioneers and cut the lead to four on one occasion.

    The Pioneers pulled away late in the game after forcing the Blue Devils to foul to get the ball back.

  • Blue Devil girls hold off Pioneers, 41-38

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    MAX MEADOWS – Jacie Bennett scored 21 points to lead the Grayson County Blue Devil girls to a back-and-forth 41-38 victory over Fort Chiswell in a Mountain Empire District game last Friday night.

    The Blue Devils met every challenge from the Pioneers as they won their first game of the young season against one loss.

    Grayson was guarding a 41-38 lead with 34.2 second to play when coach Tiny Funk called a timeout to set up his final defense.

  • Readers Hotline 12/17/18

    Thanks from a veteran

  • High Speed Chase Ends in Crash

    A high-speed vehicle pursuit on Thursday evening resulted in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 being shut down and a Virginia State Police trooper being transported for medical attention after the stolen vehicle plowed into his car and flipped it over.

    According to a state police report, shortly before 5 p.m. on Dec. 13, the VSP was requested to assist the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office with the pursuit of a stolen Jeep Cherokee that had refused to stop for a Wythe deputy on Interstate 81.

  • Police Investigate Bomb Threats

    HILLSVILLE – Vanguard Furniture in Carroll County is an unlikely target for an international email hoax that tried to extort victims out of the online “cryptocurrency” bitcoin, but that’s what happened Dec. 13.

    Local law enforcement is collaborating with the FBI and the Virginia State Police after responding to a bomb threat that occurred last Thursday afternoon at the plant in the Carroll County Industrial Park.

  • Carroll grand jury issues indictments

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury meeting Dec. 10 issued numerous indictments, mostly for drug-related offenses.

    Other charges involve child abuse, larceny, assault of a police officer and destruction of property.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt. The jury found sufficient evidence while reviewing the cases to advance them to trial in circuit court.

    Those indicted include:

    • Jeffrey David Alberta; 51, of Galax; assault and battery of a police officer

  • Davis will depart city council

    Bill Davis will resign from his position on Galax City Council effective Dec. 31, according to a letter he submitted before Monday night’s meeting, where his decision was announced.

    Davis was not at the meeting, but according to the letter, he is moving out of the city and will be unable to serve due to this, as council members must be Galax residents.

    This means a new member must be appointed within 45 days of Davis’s last day, City Manager Keith Barker informed council.