• VDOT to regions: We’re the deciders

    When state agencies get a scolding from legislative auditors, they usually respond with a polite note expressing appreciation for the suggestions and promising to do better.
    But last week the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission hit a nerve with its report on transportation planning. The Virginia Department of Transportation filed a 30-page response complete with charts, graphs and a 10-slide PowerPoint presentation.
    Here’s what made VDOT go berserk:
    “Opportunities exist to more fully capitalize on MPO capabilities.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Road blocked

    Old Fairview Road was blocked following a two-vehicle accident last Saturday during a snowstorm. Trooper Jay Alderman said the accident occurred about 2:45 p.m. when a Honda, driven by Elizabeth Rowe of Galax, was traveling west when she lost control in a curve and struck an eastbound Dodge Stratus driven by Melanie Vanover of Galax. Rowe was not hurt. Vanover was treated at Twin County Regional Hospital and released. Rowe was charged with failing to keep her vehicle right of center.

  • Tour of Trees to benefit Twin County Hospice

    GALAX — View holiday trees that have been sponsored and decorated by local families, businesses and organizations during the Holiday Tour of Trees to benefit Twin County Hospice on Dec. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Twin County Hospice Office located in the Vaughan Office Suites at 818 Glendale Road in Galax.  WBRF and WWWJ Radio Stations will be on site for a live remote.  

  • Tourism Corporation awards Grayson marketing money

    The Virginia Tourism Corporation announced that Grayson County Tourism has been awarded funding through the state’s Virginia is for Lovers Marketing Leverage Grant Program for Grayson’s “We’re All About Family” marketing initiative.

  • Communities to celebrate Blue Ridge Parkway

    The Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary Festival will span three days, two main venues in two states and four local communities, as the National Park Service celebrates its most-visited park.
    The main events will be staged in and around Cumberland Knob Recreation Area in North Carolina (milepost 217) — where parkway construction began on Sept. 11, 1935 — and the Blue Ridge Music Center in Virginia (milepost 213).

  • Blue Ridge Parkway's 75th Anniversary bash needs volunteers

    The Blue Ridge Parkway will officially mark its 75th Anniversary with a weekend celebration on the scenic road near the Virginia and North Carolina state line Sept. 10-12. About 400 volunteers are needed for parking and traffic control, as well as programming and interpretive activities.

  • International visitation to Virginia jumps 16 percent

    RICHMOND – Virginia bucked a national trend and posted a 16 percent increase in visits from overseas travelers in 2009, despite the recession and an overall decrease in international visitors nationally.
    Data from a recent U.S. Department of Commerce report showed that Virginia posted the greatest percentage increase for international visitors amongst the states and territories surveyed.

  • Magazine honors Grayson attractions, residents

    Travelers enjoy visiting and touring Grayson County, according to “Blue Ridge Country” magazine readers.

    Every five years, magazine readers vote on their favorite places to eat, overnight, hike, bike, camp, wildlife watch and more, according to information from Assistant County Administrator Felicia Hash who currently handles much of Grayson’s tourism efforts.

    This year Grayson won awards in numerous categories.