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Today's News

  • County offers tax relief to seniors, veterans, disabled

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is offering two tax relief programs that benefit local veterans, the elderly and the disabled.

    At the April meeting of the Grayson Board of Supervisors, Commissioner of the Revenue Larry Bolt talked about the county’s real estate tax relief program for the elderly and disabled. Passing around a handout for the program, Bolt explained that his office provides an initial questionnaire to the public, to give citizens an opportunity to see if they may qualify.

  • 10 Carroll roads set for improvement

    HILLSVILLE – Ten roads in Carroll County should receive improvements this year, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s proposed six-year road plan.

    Representatives from VDOT were present at the April 10 meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to discuss the plan and hold a public hearing on road improvements in the county.

  • Galax arrests include felony larceny, drug possession

    Two people are charged with felony larceny for a break-in in Galax last week.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Sgt. Mark Burnett and officers John Reavis and Tyler Houk responded to a report of suspicious activity on Mill Street.

    “While they were investigating, Houk observed three individuals flee from a residence in an obvious attempt to avoid detection,” Chief Rick Clark. said. “He gave chase and ultimately detained the three after a short foot chase.”

  • Crash flips vehicle onto parked car

    HILLSVILLE – A wreck in Hillsville on Tuesday sent one woman to the hospital and caused significant damage after her car flipped over upside down onto a parked vehicle.

    The accident occurred shortly after noon at 300 North Main Street in Hillsville.

  • Independence apartment fire investigated

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the former Ogle’s Restaurant building Saturday.

    According to a report from the fire department, the department arrived at the building on South Independence Avenue on April 15 at 11:47 p.m. At the scene, firefighters discovered flames coming out of two windows on the second floor of the building.

  • Readers Hotline 4/24/17

    Hats off
    Hats off to all the folks that did a wonderful job on the “Thunder in the Hills” play to support the Sidna Allen home. It was good to hear both sides of the story and kind of make a decision on what you felt was true. A very well-told story. Hope the community will support it. Especially impressed with Mrs. Frances. You just want to go up and give her a big ole hug. Thanks for telling the story we have heard many times growing up.

    Why us?

  • Readers Hotline 4/19/17

    Trail improvements
    Kudos to the New River Trail Park staff who recently worked on improving the trail. I really appreciate the widening and smoothing of the surface and the new gravel put down. It has made a beautiful place even nicer. I hope everyone that has the opportunity will take a walk on it and enjoy this treasure we have in our own back yard.

    Who are they?

  • Public record for 4/19/17 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in November of 2016 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Enrollment down at WCC

    Enrollment at Wytheville Community College has dropped slightly from last year – 2,359 as opposed to the previous 2,434, WCC President Dr. Dean Sprinkle said in his annual report to Galax City Council.

    At the April 10 council meeting, Sprinkle said 225 students this year are from Galax, compared to 240 the year before; and 70 Galax High School students took dual enrollment classes for college credit, down from 74 last year.

  • Readers Hotline 4/17/17

    Wrong priority
    This call is regarding Gov. McAuliffe proposing an amendment to prevent law-abiding citizens from purchasing a handgun. I would just like to say he needs to worry more about getting rid of the illegal people and the people who are coming here trying to do things illegally rather than worrying about law-abiding citizens and what they are doing. He needs to start worrying about trying to keep guns away from people who don’t want to follow the law, not the people who do.