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Today's News

  • Williams to announce court clerk campaign

    INDEPENDENCE — Robert “Bobby” Williams of Galax has filed to run for clerk of Grayson County Circuit Court and will officially announce his candidacy April 21. The announcement is set for 7 p.m. at the Baldwin Auditorium, located in the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence.

  • Three minor injuries in Meadow Creek crash

    A wreck Monday afternoon on Meadow Creek Road in Grayson County left only minor injuries to three victims, but severe vehicle damage, according to Virginia State Trooper J.E. Tilson.

    A 2006 Chevy Cobalt driven by Casas Zamir Echeagaray, 17, of Galax, collided with a 2002 Dodge Dakota, driven by Luke Daniel Weatherman, 31, also of Galax, said Tilson.

  • Few incumbents filing for re-election

    INDEPENDENCE – Incumbent supervisors and school board members in Grayson County have not filed to seek re-election, and only two constitutional officers have filed.

    Three seats are open on the Board of Supervisors this election season — the Oldtown and Providence districts and the at-large seat.

    So far, only newcomer John Fant — seeking the at-large seat — has filed to run. Incumbents Kenneth Belton, John Brewer and David Sexton have not announced whether they will seek re-election.

  • Readers Hotline 4/6/15

    Deserving better
    I cannot express enough my disappointment with Grayson County Schools’ central office administration. Our students deserve so much better than anyone looking out for their own financial well-being. Put our tax dollars to good use by keeping quality teachers and building-level administrators in place. Not by deepening the pockets of the highest paid individuals in the school system. If our school board allows this to happen, it is a shame and very disappointing.

    School decisions

  • Third phase of U.S. 58 work underway in Carroll

    LAUREL FORK — Representatives from Branch Highways Inc. are discussing this year’s plans for the Route 58 Corridor Development Program.

    Since 2004, Branch has led the development, design and construction improvements on three phases of expansion for the 36 miles from Hillsville to Stuart as part of an agreement between the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) under the Public Private Transportation Act.

    The U.S. 58 project was intended to create a “Super 58,” a four-lane expressway from Hampton Roads to Interstate 77.

  • Woman pleads guilty to embezzling from law firm

    ABINGDON – Patricia Ethel Chinault, 72, of Apopka, Fla., pleaded guilty to embezzling approximately $1 million from a Carroll County law firm on March 17, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Abingdon.

    Chinault previously lived in Carroll County and worked as a bookkeeper for the law firm. After she moved to Florida in 2009, Chinault continued to provide bookkeeping services for the firm.

  • Man charged with defrauding coyote bounty program

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man has been charged for allegedly collecting bounty money on coyotes killed outside Grayson County.

    According to Grayson General District Court records, James Edward Lawrence, 32, was charged by Game Warden Jason Harris with fraud (obtaining money by false pretense in excess of $200).

    For the past several months, the Grayson Board of Supervisors has been operating a bounty program for coyotes. According to county records, 238 coyotes have been turned in for the $40 bounty.

  • Caviness held for abduction, assault

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville man faces charges of abduction, domestic assault and brandishing a firearm after allegedly trapping his wife inside their house during a domestic dispute.

  • Clearing up the First Amendment

    There is often confusion about what the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution actually protects.

    Among other protections, it prohibits the government from making laws that infringe on freedom of speech or freedom of the press. The government can’t tell you what to say or not say, nor can it tell a newspaper what to publish.

    However, this does not apply to a private company or group, nor to an online forum or a reader comments section. It only applies if the government is doing the prohibiting.

  • Crash on Country Club leaves one fatality

    According to a press release issued by the Galax Police Department, at 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, Galax police were called to a motor vehicle crash on Country Club Lane, south of Woodland Avenue.