Today's News

  • Local woman target of lottery scam

    INDEPENDENCE — On April 25, the security manager at Grayson National Bank reported one of her customers was a victim of a lottery scam.
    The victim, who wished to remain anonymous, attempted to cash a check for $4,800 at Grayson National Bank’s main branch, according to a press release from the Grayson Sheriff’s Office. GNB officials, suspicious of the checks validity, called the issuer of the check.
    When they discovered the check was a counterfeit, they called the sheriff’s office.

  • Galax man charged in computer scam

    Anthony Gonzalez, 45, of Virginia Street in Galax was arrested April 24 and charged with two misdemeanor counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and one felony count of obtaining money by false pretenses.
    According to a Galax Police Department report, the arrest stemmed from an investigation by Senior Police Officer Bill Shaffner. The department received complaints from victims that Gonzalez solicited the sale of laptop computers between February and April, taking funds in advance. No computers were delivered to the victims.

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  • Oracle trial postponed

    The Oracle Institute's religious discrimination case against Grayson County will not be heard Thursday and Friday as scheduled. Grayson County Administrator Jonathon Sweet says the trial has been postponed due to the death of Supervisor Mike Maynard's father. No new date has been set.

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  • Grayson ended year in red

    INDEPENDENCE — Looks can be deceiving, and a brief look at Grayson County’s finances at the end of the 2009-10 fiscal year made it appear that the county was in good shape.
    But the county’s auditor — Diana Cox, a CPA from Robinson, Farmer and Cox — left no doubt that the county was actually in the red as of June 30, 2010.
    Quickly going over the numbers, Cox explained during the board of supervisor’s regular meeting earlier this month that the county’s debt per capita has increased sharply over the last five years.

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  • Senate splits Twin Counties among three districts

    The Virginia Senate passed a revised redistricting plan Thursday that gained bipartisan support but divides the Twin Counties among three state Senate districts.
    The plan dramatically realigns the district represented by Republican Sen. Bill Stanley of Franklin County so that the 19th District will extend from Carroll County to Bedford County and include Salem and territory in Roanoke and Montgomery counties.
    Galax and a portion of Carroll County will fall into the 20th District represented now by Sen. Roscoe Reynolds, D-Henry County.