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Today's News

  • Bill allowing home-schoolers to play public school sports clears subcommittee

    RICHMOND – Who should qualify to play school sports was at the center of several committee meetings last week in the Virginia General Assembly.
    Home-schooled students made their pitch for eligibility to play sports for their local schools, a request under consideration in both houses under so-called “Tim Tebow” legislation. The bills are nicknamed for the NFL quarterback who was allowed to participate in public school athletics as a Florida home schooler.

  • Police investigate fire, death in Grayson

    UPDATE: The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that a man found burned at the scene of a fire last week died of a massive heart attack.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan announced the results of the medical examiner’s office on Feb. 1.
    Ted Wright, 81, was burned by a grass fire at his home on Pine Mountain Road on Jan. 29. It appeared that he had been burning brush. Investigators were not sure if Wright died as the result of the fire or a medical condition.
    The body was sent for an autopsy at the state lab in Roanoke.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/30/13

    Extra help
    I would like to thank all the extra help we have had with getting our power restored — the help from American Electric Power and also any of the volunteer companies that have come in and the Asplundh tree-cutting company.

    Common courtesy

  • Hillsville land use taxation can begin in 2014

    HILLSVILLE — Special use land assessments can apply to Hillsville properties in January 2014, after the town council held a public hearing and approved an ordinance earlier this month.
    The ordinance set out the requirements for the long-sought special assessments for land owners to match those offered in Carroll County.
    Localities in Virginia are allowed to assess real estate based on the “use value” instead of fair market value.

  • Electoral bill appears headed to defeat

    RICHMOND — A bill that would allocate Virginia’s presidential electoral votes by congressional district rather than statewide popular vote appears headed towards a bipartisan rejection.
    Though it would have meant a GOP victory for Virginia in the past election, even a few Republicans seem hesitant to support the changes to the system of awarding the commonwealth’s Electoral College votes proposed by Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County).

  • Natural gas, biomass could cut heating costs

    HILLSVILLE — An engineering study shows that St. Paul School in Carroll County might be able to save thousands of dollars a year by heating with “biomass” instead of oil.
    The biomass in this case would be sawdust pressed into pellets.
    A report by Langseth Engineering on both St. Paul and Hillsville Elementary schools was presented to the Carroll County School Board at its Jan. 7 meeting.

  • Virginia gun bills shot down

    RICHMOND — Last month’s mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school has revived a national debate about firearms laws, but gun control legislation is meeting a familiar fate in Virginia’s General Assembly.
    Legislation aimed at closing Virginia’s so-called “gun show loophole” won’t advance this year, but members of a state Senate committee pledged last week to work toward a compromise that could expand the use of criminal background checks for firearms sales at events like the annual Labor Day gun show in Hillsville.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 12

    INDEPENDENCE — A  Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on Jan. 25 indicted 12 people on a variety of charges.
    An indictment indicates that a grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial and does not indicate guilt. All of those indicted are innocent until proven guilty.
    Anthony Allen Bobbitt was indicted for possession of a schedule II controlled substance (meth), statutory burglary and possession of burglary tools. He was charged with breaking and entering the home of Andrew K. Boles.

  • Lineberry, Lowe announce engagement

    Randy and Rhonda Lineberry of Fries announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Brooke Lineberry, to Jonathan Aster Lowe, son of Vatina Davis and Bobby Lowe of Galax.

    Lowe is a 2008 graduate of Carroll County High School. He is a maintenance technician at Parkdale Mills.
    Lineberry is a 2003 graduate of Grayson County High School and a 2008 and 2011 graduate of Radford University.
    She is employed at Wythe County Public Schools as a mathematics teacher and at Radford University as an adjunct professor.

  • Public record for 1/30/13 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Oct. 10-25, 2012, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville: