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Today's News

  • State police warn of IRS phone scam

    Staff Report

    Virginia State Police are warning residents of an ongoing phone scam where a caller claims they are from the Internal Revenue Service and demands payment. The scam is using a caller ID spoof that shows a legitimate state police area office phone number when the calls come through.

  • Owner hopes to find new use for old farm

    Susannah Hampton Paisley Pushkin has tried to find a meaningful use for her family’s 48-acre Historic Paisley Farm on Beech Grove Lane in Baywood, and her 120-acre King George land grant farmland on Pilgrim’s Fork Road in Elk Creek.

    But so far, all leads have turned into dead ends.

  • Public record for 8/24/16 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 Dec. 1-31, 2015, in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers Hotline 8/24/16

    Offer in the mail
    You hear all this stuff about a scam. I get a letter from Appalachian Power, but it’s from an independent company selling [home power surge insurance]… there is no way you can get a surge of power that I know of other than lightning and you have insurance to take care of this. I can’t believe that Appalachian Power has jumped on this thing along with this company. It says it is separate from the power company but the letter you get has a letterhead on it from Appalachian Power. I don’t know.

  • Readers Hotline 8/22/16

    Overlapping

  • Three charged with transporting drugs

    Staff Report

    BAYWOOD — Three North Carolina residents were recently arrested and charged with attempting to deliver drugs to Grayson County, among several other offenses.

    According to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, members of the department arrested the three subjects after stopping them in a white Dodge Dakota truck on Beech Grove Road in Baywood on Aug. 1.

  • Five file to run for school board in Grayson

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Five candidates filed and qualified last Friday afternoon for the special school board election in Grayson County to fill the unexpired term of the late Tim “T.T.” Carico.

    Candidates for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board had until 5 p.m. on Aug. 19 to file. They include Tracy A. “Zeke” Anderson, Robert Benish, James Davis and Ruth Ross, all of Independence; and Philip Vaughan of Fries.

  • Tide outmuscles Cavs

     HILLSVILLE –– It looked like a game. It walked like a game and talked like a game and even felt like a game. In the end, though, the Galax-Carroll County benefit game Friday at Tommy Thompson Field was still a scrimmage, and glorified or not, scrimmages are for learning.

    For that, both teams’ head coaches are probably grateful.

  • Bomb squad called in for suspicious device at trail

    A sound not unlike thunder could be heard on Friday afternoon during a torrential downpour, but it wasn’t a natural phenomenon that caused the boom: the Virginia State Police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation detonated a potential bomb in the parking lot of the New River Trail in Galax, located across from the old Vaughan Furniture building.

  • There’s no ‘I’ in ‘Relay’

    Relays are some of the more exciting events that running has to offer. There’s the all-out blur of the 4x100 sprint relay, the disciplined pace of the longer 4x800 and the grab bag format of the medley relay. And then there’s the lesser-heard-of 10-for-200.

    Miles, that is.

    A handful of area runners are gearing up for what will be the Galax Running Club’s second 200-mile relay of the year, this one the Raleigh-to-Atlantic Beach, N.C. Tuna Run 200.