Today's News

  • Tractor-trailer overturns at Exit 1 on I-77

    LAMBSBURG — A Michigan truck driver caused a massive traffic jam Monday at Love’s Truck Stop, off Exit 1 northbound on Interstate 77 in Carroll County.

    Virginia State Trooper Duane Blackburn said the accident occurred at 4:50 p.m. on Feb. 27 when a 2013 Kenworth tractor-trailer was turning into Love’s. It flipped over on its right side, falling against a guardrail and partially blocking the driveway.

  • Alford plea accepted in dog attack case

    INDEPENDENCE — John Terry Underwood II, charged in the 2016 dog attack death of 15-month-old Payton Lyrik Sawyers, entered a plea to three charges in Grayson County Circuit Court on March 2.

    Underwood, 52, of Independence, was scheduled for a two-day jury trial last week. He was indicted by a grand jury on three charges: failure to contain a vicious dog resulting in serious human injury, child abuse or neglect and felony homicide.

  • Fork in the road for Cavs

     HILLSVILLE –– Third seed or not, Carroll County can claim at least one advantage when the Cavaliers open play in the Group 4A girls’ basketball tournament tomorrow: the closest thing to home-court advantage of any team in the event.

  • Public record for 3/1/17 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.
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    These marriage licenses were recorded in July of 2016 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Grayson County schools close early for incoming storm

    A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Grayson County until 5 p.m. today, Wednesday.
    As a precaution, Grayson County Public Schools will close at 11 a.m.
    Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said that the closing time will allow bus drivers to transport students home, and return home safely themselves before a storm hits. News reports predict that the weather will impact the Grayson County area around 1 p.m.

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  • 12 Ways Virginia's 2017 General Assembly Session Will Change Your Life

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Nearly 1,800 laws were passed during the 2017 General Assembly that wrapped Feb. 25.

    Many deal with industry minutiae (the number of menhaden fish allowed to be caught in a year) or super-narrow provisions (allowing retired conservation officers to carry concealed handguns without permits).

    But others could affect many of us in our daily lives when they take effect July 1. Here are a dozen.

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  • Motions seek to bar photos of victim, dog description

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Circuit Court heard two motions last week in the case of John Terry Underwood, charged in the 2016 dog attack death of a 15-month-old child.

    On Feb. 23, Brandon Boyles, defense attorney for Underwood, presented two motions to Circuit Court Judge H. Lee Harrell: to not allow references to the breed of the dog (a pit bull) involved in the attack and to restrict the showing of gruesome crime scene photos of the child to members of the jury.

  • Police pursuit neared 100 mph

    Staff Report

    Fearing for the safety of officers and motorists, police ended their high-speed pursuit of a man who allegedly fled from a traffic stop in Galax last Friday night.

    David Alexander Musick, 29, of Galax, was arrested the following day, Feb. 25, at 8:55 p.m. by Officer Terry Woods of the Galax Police Department and charged with felony continuing to drive when commanded to stop by law enforcement, misdemeanor third offense driving a motor vehicle with a revoked or suspended license and misdemeanor reckless driving.

  • Pickup hits mailboxes, flips over on U.S. 58

    WOODLAWN — A single-vehicle accident in the Faddis Hill section of U.S. 58 at around 1 p.m. on Feb. 17 resulted in private property damage and a charge of reckless driving, according to a report filed by Virginia State Trooper P.K. Cheek.

    A 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by Daniel V. Lineberry, 73, of Galax, was headed west on 58 when it ran off the road on the right, striking four mailboxes and a rock wall before overturning.