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Today's News

  • Public record for 1/21/09 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. 

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in August in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

    Jamie Charles Hawks of Lowgap, N.C., guilty of public swearing/intoxication; $25 fine and $91 costs.

  • Cavs done in by slow start

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County was held to two first-quarter points for the second game in a row, and a late-game rally couldn’t overcome a 20-point deficit as the Cavaliers fell to Marion 60-50 in a Southwest District game Wednesday night.

    Though Marion (8-6 overall, 4-3 district) didn’t exactly leap out of the blocks – the Scarlet Hurricane didn’t score until nearly three minutes into the game – Brock Hannah hit a pair of 3-pointers as Marion opened the game on a 12-0 run.

  • Court dedication planned to honor Grayson coach

    INDEPENDENCE –– Longtime Independence/Grayson County High School coach Thomas Owens will be honored during a special ceremony on Tuesday prior to the Blue Devils’ girls’ basketball game with Fort Chiswell.

    Owens, who has coached boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball and baseball at the school for nearly 40 years, will be honored by having the basketball court at Independence Middle School dedicated in his honor, and by being inducted into the GCHS Wall of Fame.

  • Houk adds to postseason honors

    Galax’s Tyler Houk continued to pick up post-season awards from this past fall’s football season, earning all-Timesland, all-Region C and all-Group A honors.

    Houk, a senior quarterback/defensive back/kick returner, was a second-team selection in both all-Group A (Associated Press) and all-Region C as a defensive back. Houk led the Maroon Tide with 88 tackles in 2008, tying for the team lead with two interceptions.

  • GHS play places third in state

    Galax High School performing arts students are back on top of their game this year with a performance of “The Diviners,” a play by Jim Leonard Jr.

    “The Diviners” is a tribute to the Great Depression, small towns and the blessings of life. In the play, C.C. Showers abandons his career as a minister during the Great Depression and stumbles into the small Indiana town of Zion to look for work — only to find that the town has been without a preacher for 10 years.

  • Reach for the Stars

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School System will be represented in a national education program with NASA.

    Grayson Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas said Daniel Brown, a high school chemistry teacher, was selected to participate in the recently unveiled NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project (ESTCP).

    The project awards more than 40 fellowships each year to educators contributing to the development of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to the project's Web site.

  • Fire victims remembered

    It's every parent's worst nightmare — losing a child.

    Ella Ruth Stoneman lived that nightmare last Monday morning when officers came to her work to tell her that her daughter, Amy Stoneman, 28, had been killed in a fire.

    The accident also took the life of Ella Ruth's granddaughter, 4-year-old Deanna Lafferty, and the little girl's father, Larry Stephen Lafferty, 39.

    "She loved to work and she loved her kids," Ella said of her daughter.

  • Smith: School plans depend on federal funds

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Supervisors’ Chairman David Hutchins asked twice at a Jan. 12 meeting to be sure: construction plans for three schools will go ahead only if federal stimulus package monies are made available to the county.

  • Neighbors reject Spirit Harbor plans

    INDEPENDENCE — Developers are hoping to bring a 252-site Christian-based senior recreational park to Mouth of Wilson, but neighbors aren’t being very welcoming.

    The land in Grayson County is zoned Rural Farm, and a mobile home park is permitted under a special use permit.

    Spirit Harbor LLC approached the Grayson Planning Commission asking for a special use permit to be granted for the proposed park on 148 acres off Fox Wood Lane.

    Citizens packed the house Tuesday night to speak in opposition of the development.

  • Forensics lab says paint matches

    INDEPENDENCE — Reports from the state forensics lab have been filed with the Grayson Circuit Court, and it appears paint taken from a hand truck found near a murder suspect's campsite matches that of a gun safe found at the scene of a 2008 triple homicide at a Christmas tree farm in Mouth of Wilson.

    According to documents filed Jan. 5 in the Frederick P. Hammer case, “it is considered unlikely that the paint in item [debris from hand truck] originated from any source other than the source represented by item [paint scraping bottom of safe].”