Community News

  • Citizens blast Grayson taxes, leaders

    Nearly 300 Grayson County taxpayers braved torrential downpours and frigid temperatures to protest the county’s 2010 tax increase during a citizens’ meeting Nov. 30.

  • Two injured in head-on crash

    GALAX – Two drivers were injured last Wednesday in a head-on collision on Route 89, south of Galax.
    State Trooper Jessie Tilson said a 2005 Dodge Stratus, driven by Beulah Jean Hall of East Stuart Drive in Galax, was traveling south about 6:10 p.m.
    Tilson said according to witnesses, Hall’s vehicle crossed the centerline several times before it struck a northbound 1999 GMC truck driven by Kyle Billings of Carsonville Road and owned by Roger Roberts of Independence.

  • Police rescue woman

    Thanks to the heroic efforts of two Galax police officers, a Galax woman escaped serious injury after she was rescued from her car that was stuck in high water.
    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said officers Chris Hines and Andrew Burnett were involved in a water rescue of a stranded motorist on Dec. 1. Galax police responded to a call of a lady stranded in her automobile on Creekview Drive at 6:26 a.m.

  • Infant’s autopsy results released

    Autopsy results have been received by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department for a 1-month, 18-day old infant who died July 16.
    Chief Deputy Mike Hash said the cause of death was listed as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as “crib death.”
    The autopsy was performed at the state Medical Examiner’s office in Roanoke.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said 911 received a call July 16 at 10:57 a.m. stating that a baby was unresponsive at a mobile home on Old Bridle Creek Road in the western end of the county.

  • Winter Wonderland

    Despite the heavy snowfall, the Independence Christmas parade was held last Saturday afternoon along Main Street. Few people actually stood outside to watch the parade but several stayed inside their cars. Santa Claus made an appearance, along with six miniature ponies. Independence Town Officer Ron Houk found a special hat to wear while he directed traffic.

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    Town manager responds to fluoride critics

  • Child safety seat laws pointed out

    I cringed the other day when I passed a woman on Main Street in Independence and she had her small child standing beside her in the front seat of a pickup truck.
    I guess I notice things like this more since I have a 13-month old grandson and realize the importance of having them strapped securely in a safety seat.
    Here are some of the major requirements of Virginia’s Child Safety Seat law according to the Virginia Department of Health Web site:

  • Schools may search students’ cellphones

    Recently, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued an official opinion that public school teachers and administrators may seize and search students’ laptops and cellphones without student or parental consent. Before school leaders start searching for trouble, they should be sure to read the rest of the opinion.
    The opinion, of course, is just that; it is not legally binding. Nevertheless, it is the best advice of the state’s top lawyer, and schools should heed it.

  • Busy day for state troopers

    A Virginia state trooper travels Glendale Road in Galax last Saturday while on duty during a heavy snowstorm. State troopers were kept busy for several hours investigating 130 accidents across Southwest Virginia, including Grayson and Carroll counties, caused by the four-inch snowfall. State police said 30 of the accidents resulted in injuries and one fatality. A Wytheville woman, Marsha Walters, 50, was killed in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 21 in Wythe County Saturday.

  • Community club to host dinner

    SPARTA, N.C. – The Turkey Knob Community Club will host a holiday fellowship dinner Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Turkey Knob Community Club Building.
    Anyone planning to attend is asked to bring a covered dish.
    Paul and Sue Wagoner will provide the music.
    For more information, call Evelyn Hash at (336) 372-4226.