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Today's News

  • Grayson begins final push

     INDEPENDENCE –– It’s a screwy kind of year in Region C.

    To wit: Grayson County’s 3-0 start to the season was wrecked by a sound 27-7 defeat at the hands of Glenvar, which itself saw a 4-0 start ruined a week later by winless Rural Retreat, a team that was clobbered 55-20 two weeks prior by Grayson County, the same Grayson County that lost a close one to Galax, who lost a close one to Fort Chiswell, who was hammered pretty hard, 35-7, by Chilhowie, a team that lost by four touchdowns to Grayson County.

  • Key D1 matchup for Galax

     Galax’s first trip to Covington in 25 years will give a new generation of Maroon Tide football players a first-hand look at Casey Field, a dual-purpose stadium that in addition to the Cougar football field, houses one of the nicer baseball diamonds in Region C.

    In keeping with that theme, the Maroon Tide will try to cover all the bases and take away the home run hitter.

  • Last train to Grundy

    HILLSVILLE –– Like the last shovelful of dirt out of a deep hole, the last stick of firewood off the back of the truck or the last bale of hay into the barn loft, this is the one folks have been looking for.

    After Friday, nobody has to make another trip from Hillsville to Grundy, or from Grundy to Hillsville, to watch a football game. At least, not unless it’s by choice.

  • Hancock to serve 6 years

    ROANOKE — A Hillsville man guilty of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in U.S. District Court will spend six years in a federal prison. Benjamin Lee Hancock, one of five locals convicted of a drug conspiracy charge, learned his fate at a sentencing hearing in Roanoke Oct. 14.

    Hancock's attorney argued against the defendant's sentencing being impacted by a contempt of court conviction from Carroll County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, brought up in the pre-sentencing report.

  • Planner: Carroll should protect farm land

    HILLSVILLE — Why put Carroll's agricultural heritage at risk with poorly planned development, when trends show that there are plenty of lots available to provide enough housing for the next 20 years?

  • JROTC Raiders reach for the top

    Carroll County's  JROTC and the Blue Ridge Mountain Council (BRMC) Boy Scouts recently hosted the second annual “Raider on the New” competition.

    Other competing schools were William Byrd, Monticello, Harrisonburg, Fishburne Military Academy and Gretna. 

  • Hospital weighs options

    Faced with a magnitude of challenges that federal healthcare reform is bringing to independent hospitals, Twin County Regional Hospital is using a national consultant to determine how the hospital can best serve the community — either by remaining independent or aligning with a hospital system.

    TCRH board members are concerned that the independent hospital won’t have the resources and assets to keep up with the new legislation’s requirements.

  • Public record for 10/22/10 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, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded July 31-Aug. 18 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Australian driver confused by road rules

    HILLSVILLE — A tourist from Australia caused a Sunday accident on U.S. 221 that injured four when he drove on the wrong side of the road, according to a Virginia State Police report.

    Lewis Clarkson Puls from Queensland, Australia, had been driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway and then wanted to get to Pulaski by Virginia 100, according to investigating Trooper J.D. Delp. He missed the turn from U.S. 221.

  • Family of 11 loses home to fire

    INDEPENDENCE — The family of James and Kim Peterson expressed their gratitude for all the support from the community following a fire that destroyed their home on the night of Oct. 10.

    Sue Worley, Kim Peterson’s mother, said the family was at an Independence restaurant eating supper when the fire started at about 7:30 p.m.

    A neighbor smelled smoke and called James Peterson on his cell phone.