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Today's News

  • N.C. police kill man wielding machete

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    SPARTA, N.C. – A Sparta man died in an officer-involved shooting that occurred in the lobby of the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

    According to a press release provided by the sheriff’s office, Chad Eric Montgomery, 39, went to the sheriff’s office and asked to speak to a deputy.

  • Carico estate files $5M wrongful death suit

    INDEPENDENCE — The family of Timothy “T.T.” Carico has filed a $5 million civil claim against Minnesota-based ATV manufacturing company Polaris Industries; and Hilltop Cycle Inc., a Wythe County company that offers off-road vehicle repair services.

  • Court News from 4/18/18

    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 December of 2017, in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Court News from 4/18/2018

    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 December of 2017, in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Court News from 4/11/18

    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 December of 2017, in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Readers Hotline 4/16/18

    Crack a smile
    A while back, I noticed a caller had called in about cashiers and wait staff in the area being rude. I hadn’t really thought much about it but I am starting to notice it, too. I don’t understand why people have to behave like that. I’m a customer at their business establishment helping them keep their job. I don’t understand where all the smiles went. There is nobody smiling anymore. Bring back the smile.

    Pack of dogs

  • Pieces in place for Virginia's Medicaid expansion

    State Sen. Frank Wagner, a Republican, is the latest member of his party to express his openness to expanding Medicaid in Virginia to cover an estimated 400,000 people now without insurance.

    In a column published in The Virginian-Pilot, Wagner said he believes a compromise is possible between Democrats who advocate for expansion, including Gov. Ralph Northam, and Republicans who now stand in opposition, primarily those who hold influential positions in his chamber.

  • Double-digit innings power Tide, Devils

    Three area baseball and softball teams put double-figure run totals on the board Tuesday and all four teams in action that day scored run-rule wins.

    At Felts Park, the Maroon Tide hung a dozen runs on Bland County in the second inning of a 25-1 MED win. Tied 1-1 entering the bottom of the second, Galax trotted 18 batters to the plate and scored 12 runs on eight walks, four hits and three Bland errors.

  • Cavs rally for coach’s 100th

    HILLSVILLE –– It’s almost impossible to keep a secret in a small town. Carroll County softball coach Rick Nester learned Wednesday just how difficult it can be.

  • O'Quinn assesses security in Grayson schools

    INDEPENDENCE — Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-5th District) recently visited Grayson County schools to examine existing safety protocols and get some feedback from educators and administrators about security needs.

    O’Quinn, who represents Grayson and Galax in the Virginia House of Delegates, was recently appointed by Speaker Kirk Cox to serve on a bipartisan House Select Committee on School Safety. The committee was announced in early March, and O’Quinn is the only member of the committee from Southwest Virginia.