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  • Davis seeks at-large seat on school board

    James Morgan Davis, a candidate in the four-way race for the Grayson County School Board’s at-large member seat, hopes to pay it forward to the citizens if he is chosen on Nov. 8.

  • Two indicted for murder in fatal dog mauling

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Two Grayson County residents were indicted on second-degree murder and other charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury last Friday.

    The charges involve the death of 15-month-old Payton Lyrik Sawyers, who was killed by the couple’s dog.

    John Terry Underwood II, 51, was indicted on three charges, including failure to contain a vicious dog resulting in serious human injury; abuse or child neglect; and murder in the second-degree.

  • Hillsville will buy two new police cars

    HILLSVILLE — The Town of Hillsville has approved a financing agreement with Carter Bank & Trust to buy two new police cars.

    The lease-purchase agreement, which has a 1.5 percent interest rate, is for $58,271 and will pay for two 2016 Dodge Chargers. The new cars will replace older vehicles.

    Town Manager Retta Jackson told town council members at their Oct. 24 meeting that this is the second phase of a new vehicle purchase for the police department. Hillsville bought two other cars in June, for a total of $57,000.

  • Health insurance costs on the rise

    Landmark News Service

    You’re signing up for health insurance, and you can’t help but ask: “Is everyone else paying through the nose?” Here’s a pain-sharing roundup of what surveys are showing:

    1. Is it just me, or are insurance costs going through the roof?

  • Benish on ballot for school board seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Dr. Robert Benish will appear on the ballot again this year during a special election on Nov. 8 to fill the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board.

    The winner of this year’s election will serve out the remainder of Tim “T.T.” Carico’s unexpired term, which ends Dec. 31, 2019. Carico, who won the seat in last year’s election, died from injuries sustained in an ATV accident in July.

    Benish was a candidate in the 2015 election, as well.

  • Driver leads police on I-77 chase

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A Georgia woman was charged with multiple offenses after a short police chase on Interstate 77 in Carroll County.

    According to Trooper C.H. Campbell with the Virginia State Police, Jammie Lee Aughenbaugh, 28, of Gary, Ga., was traveling south on I-77 on Oct. 21. Around 1 a.m., Campbell said he clocked Aughenbaugh near Exit 19 for excessive speed, with a radar reading of 92 MPH in a 65 MPH zone.

  • Independence man dies in motorcycle wreck

    Virginia State Police have confirmed that an Independence man died Oct. 25 from injuries received in a motorcycle accident on Pleasant Grove Road in Grayson County.

    State police received a 911 call and responded to the scene of a single vehicle fatality that occurred at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday on Route 698 (Pleasant Grove Road), three-tenths of a mile south of U.S. 58 (Grayson Parkway).

  • Arson ruled out as cause of fire

    A structure fire on Tower Road at 1:53 p.m. Tuesday in Galax destroyed an outbuilding and burnt trees and brush adjacent to it.

    “It was an outbuilding storing car parts, lawnmowers and things like that,” said Chief David Hankley of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, which responded. “We don’t know what started it. The homeowner’s son was home and heard a noise, which sounded like a boom. He looked outside, and the building was on fire.”

    There were no injuries.

  • Clinton leads Trump 47-38 in latest Va. poll

    Landmark News Service

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has a lead over Republican contender Donald Trump in Virginia, where she appears to be well ahead in the population centers of Hampton Roads, the Richmond area and northern Virginia, according to a poll commissioned by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

  • Local creators are guests at NRCC Comic Con 3

    DUBLIN — If you’re interested in comics and/or classic cars, New River Community College in Dublin is the place to be on Saturday.

    NRCC’s third annual comic con will be held at 117 Edwards Hall and is sponsored by the library. A new event, sponsored by the automotive technology department, will feature classic cars at a “Campus Cruise-In” in parking lots G and H. Both events will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are family-friendly, open to the public and free of charge.