Today's News

  • High winds, rain cause damage in Galax


  • Man leads police on chase through two counties

    An attempted traffic stop resulted in a chase through two counties on Sept. 4.
    According to a report from the  Grayson County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy Travis Jefferson attempted to stop a gray GMC truck near the county line on Ivanhoe Road near Fries at 11:30 p.m.
    The vehicle accelerated and attempted to elude Jefferson, who pursued the vehicle traveling north into Carroll County.
    “The vehicle reached speeds in excess of 70 mph and was driving in a very reckless manner,” the police report said.

  • Chief explains problems with answering calls

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Fire Chief John Smith attended the August town council meeting to explain problems with answering daytime calls.
    Smith said that, because several members of the department work outside the area, they were unavailable for daytime fires.
    “This is a problem for many departments,” Smith said. “We always have a call covered, but we are limited to the number of firefighters who can make the run. I work in Sparta [N.C.] and it would take me more than half an hour to get here.”

  • Galax Homecoming Court 2011


    Galax High School’s homecoming game will be held Friday. Homecoming court members include (from left, front) Grace Wilson, Kristin McMickle, Ashley Nale, Allison White, Holly Mays, Hailey Cassell, Harley Brewer, (back) Chantasy Cottrell, Julianna DiGiacomo, Channing Russell, Rebecca Shirey and Jade Webb.

  • Former CEO charged with embezzling

    The former CEO of the now-closed Independence Homes LLC has been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on embezzlement and money laundering charges.
    Joe B. Weddington, 63, of Crumpler, N.C., was indicted for the following charges:
    • one count of embezzlement of more than $200 but less than $11,500 from Independence Homes on or about Nov. 5, 2010
    • one count of embezzlement of more than $200 but less than $2,000 from Independence Homes on or about Dec. 6, 2010

  • Weigand's furniture merges form and function


  • Police seize 111 marijuana plants


    Carroll County Sheriff's Office personnel participated in a countywide marijuana eradication on Aug. 20.

    Deputies including Cody Edwards, Bobby Lyons, G.E. Isaacs, Chuck Edwards and Buck Cox found 111 plants spread out across the county.

    Charges are pending in this case.

  • Carroll teachers dress for success

    HILLSVILLE — While critiques of a professional attire standard at Carroll County High haven’t been kind so far, administrators plan to stick to their “dress for success” model for faculty.
    CCHS Principal Scott Watson brought the idea up at an Aug. 4 faculty meeting.
    While no division-wide policy exists, an interest has been expressed that teachers and administrators should look professional in the work that they do, he said.

  • Site gets shoppers thinking locally


  • Public record for 9/7/11 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 June 16-July 20 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence: