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Today's News

  • Coyote bounty program out of money

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE —Grayson County’s coyote killing program is operating in the red, as all of the second $5,000 bounty appropriation that the Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved earlier this year has now been paid out to hunters.

    Under the program, Grayson residents turning in dead coyotes from the county receive a $40 bounty payment per carcass.

  • More sign up to run in Carroll races

    HILLSVILLE — Several challenges have already been predicted in the race to fill 11 positions in Carroll County government this year.

    May 18 marks the closing of the books for both the Republican and Democratic primary elections, which are scheduled for June 9. While potential candidates aren’t running at break-neck speed to file the paperwork, General Registrar Kim Cloud says more applications are being accepted every day.

  • Hillsville town manager's DUI hearing continued

    WYTHEVILLE — Retta Nichole Jackson of Hillsville, facing a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated following a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 81, had her case continued in Wythe County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

    Jackson, who serves as town manager of Hillsville, was charged by Virginia State Trooper J.J. Graham on Nov. 16, 2014. According to the police report, Jackson responded to Exit 81 on I-81 at 5:30 a.m., when Jackson’s vehicle ran off the road and struck an embankment.

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  • Myerses celebrate wedding anniversary

    Ann and Tony Myers are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on March 6.
    Ann is the daughter of the late Helen and Ralph Simpson and Tony is the son of the late Annie and Leonard Myers.

    They were married in 1965 in Hilliard, Ohio.
    They have raised two children, Bill Myers and Toni Marie Teeter, and have seven grandchildren.

  • Hager, Smith to marry

    Joy and Wayne Hager and Chris and Katherine Smith announced the engagement of their children, Laura Hager of Raleigh, N.C., and Cody W. Smith of Ararat.

    The bride-elect will graduate from Meredith College in the spring.
    She is the granddaughter of Carolyn and Graham Crutchfield of Raleigh, N.C., and Doug Hager of Lexington, Ky.
    The bridegroom-elect is an assistant manager for B&H Computers in Mount Airy, N.C.
    He is the grandson of Mary Smith Berrier of Cana and Marie Marshall of Hillsville.
    An August wedding is planned.

  • Osborne, Beaver to marry

    David and Debbie Osborne of Independence and Mike and Ann Beaver of Cripple Creek announced the engagement of Elizabeth Devin Osborne and Stephen Michael Beaver.

    Devin is a graduate of Wytheville Community College and is a licensed physical therapist assistant for Worrell Therapy Services.
    Stephen is a graduate of Wytheville Community College and is a licensed electrician for RCS Communications in Max Meadows.
    An April 2015 wedding is planned and the couple will live in Independence.

  • She's three

    Hannah Marie Hash celebrated her third birthday on Feb. 25. Family and friends celebrated with Hannah at her tractor party on Feb. 22. She is the daughter of Josh and Sarah Hash.

    Her grandparents are Joe and Felicia Hash, Charles and Tammy Copeland and Cody and Karen Wingate. She is the great-granddaughter of Wayne and Wanda Hash, James Hart, Frances Adams, Jerry and Nell Wingate and Thomas and Leta Farmer.

  • Church, school helping family cope after fatal fire

    In the wake of the Delp family tragedy last week, the community has continued to work through processing its grief and helping the family members through a difficult time.

    Trenton and Amanda Delp lost three of their four children, their home and all they owned in a house fire on March 5. Firefighters and police officers tried desperately to reach the three children trapped inside the Glendale Road home.

  • Fire destroys 'Old Timey Days' farm equipment

    HILLSVILLE — Fire continued to plague the Twin Counties last week, when a structure fire destroyed an outbuilding in Hillsville containing most of the restored antique farming equipment that were used during the Shockley’s Old Timey Days event.

    While the building and all of its’ contents were described as a total loss, Mark Shockley is counting his blessings that only items were lost in the fire.