Today's News

  • Play therapy creates safe space for kids

    Chris Belcher, a local newly-licensed professional therapist, says he wants to help kids play more.

    Well, not exactly that; more like he wants to help kids tackle their problems by helping them use play to work out problems and bring up issues they might not otherwise be able to address.

    In order to do this, he uses play therapy, a method of taking something children do naturally and use it as a means of psychological healing.

  • Two charged in grand jury indictments


    INDEPENDENCE — Two previously sealed Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indictments were recently opened and arrests made.

    The grand jury met Jan. 26 and indictments were handed down against 24 suspects on burglary, drug violations and other charges. Several more indictments were sealed.

    Sealed indictments against Dakota Allen Blevins, 27, of Ivanhoe and Joshua Edward Hayes, 29, of Fries, were opened last week.

  • Bill would boost wages for restaurant workers

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – The unstable nature of relying on tips to make a living is reflected in the paychecks of restaurant servers like Connor Rhodes, who has been serving Richmond’s restaurant goers for four years and says it’s not unusual for his paycheck to be zero dollars.

    That’s because he earns $2.13 an hour – a “subminimum wage” – which, after taxes, can result in an empty wallet if tips are weak and shifts are sparse.

  • Taking the Ninja Challenge

    They weren’t teenagers, mutants or turtles, but the American Ninja Warriors came to the Galax firehouse last weekend, and the spectacle they brought was loudly appreciated by residents of the Twin Counties and beyond.

    The Ninja Warriors’ visit was a ticketed fundraising event for the Curtis Bartlett Memorial Fitness Center project, which will ultimately put a workout space on Galax High School property in memory of Bartlett, a fitness celebrity, personal trainer and Carroll County deputy who died in the line of duty last year.

  • Connell to serve 15 years for fatal dog attack

    INDEPENDENCE — Terra Lynn Connell, charged in the 2016 dog attack death of a 3-year-old girl, has been sentenced on multiple convictions after submitting a plea in Grayson County Circuit Court on Oct. 3, 2017.

    Connell was sentenced on Jan. 26. According to Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, she was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, felony child endangerment and maintaining a dangerous dog.

  • CCHS begins metal detector drills

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County High School will use walk-through metal detectors at various times throughout the remainder of the school year.

    “This procedure will be conducted in a similar manner to fire and lock down drills” said CCHS Principal Chuck Thompson, “and is merely being adopted to familiarize personnel and students with the presence of the equipment and how it works.”

  • Va. Senate OKs guns in church

    Capital News Service and Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND – Lamenting the fact that more than 900 Virginians were killed by guns last year, Gov. Ralph Northam said Jan. 23 that the state should do more to restrict the proliferation of firearms.

    “We do not need these weapons on our streets and in our society,” Northam told a multi-faith congregation at St. Paul’s Church.

  • Readers Hotline 1/31/18

    Not the answer
    This is to the person that put in the Hotline Jan. 22 to try castration [for sex offenders]. Won’t you get a life? Is that all you have on your mind? There is a lot going on in this world and trying castration is not going to fix it all. That’s the stupidest idea I have ever heard.

    God’s Word

  • She's three

    Kenzi Juliann Hennis, also affectionately known as Little Bit, turned three years old on Sept. 5. She celebrated with family and friends with a “Paw Patrol” party at Felts Park.

    Her parents are Chris and Lorie Hennis of Galax. She is the younger sister of Andrew and Faith and the big sister of Trinity. Her grandparents are Harvey Hennis, Judy Hennis and Gary and Jan Guynn, all of Galax; and Julian and Patti Price of Luray. Her great-grandmother is Elizabeth Johnson of Galax.

  • Public record for 1/31/18 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 September in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence.