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Today's News

  • McCormick, Hash to wed

    Jeremy and Kristi McCormick of Independence announced the engagement of their daughter, Darien Brooke McCormick, to Ethan Wayne Hash, son of Roger and Terrie Hash of Independence.

    A June 2015 wedding is planned.

  • Public record for 5/13/15 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. 1-15 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • McCraw in running for Carroll court clerk

    HILLSVILLE — James W. “Jay” McCraw, an independent, has announced his candidacy for the office of clerk of court for Carroll County.

    McCraw is the fourth individual to announce his intent to fill the seat vacated earlier this year by Carolyn Honeycutt, who announced her retirement after serving 23 years with the county. Other candidates for the spot include Gerald R. Goad (D), B.P. “Phil” Hawks (R) and Ronald L. Newman (R).

  • Galax schools to offer raises, bring back cut positions

    The Galax school system is offering raises for teachers and adding some teaching positions after scaling back its staff over the past couple of years.

    Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill presented the fiscal year 2015-2016 budget for the school system at Galax City Council’s meeting last month.

    (Council held a public hearing on the school budget Monday.)

    Sturgill explained that the revenue summary shows a reduction in state funds of $332,000, but $210,000 of that drop is from an expired grant that paid for extending the school year.

  • Readers Hotline 5/11/15

    Loud echo

  • Work together to fix Grayson schools

    Earl Cherry Jr. of Elk Creek is a Grayson County native who is working toward a master’s degree in history and an M.Ed. in education curriculum and instruction at Virginia Tech. His goal is a career as a high school teacher and administrator. His family was voted Virginia Tech’s “Family of the Year” for 2015. Cherry adapted this letter from his remarks to the Grayson School Board April 16.

    It has come to my attention recently that Mrs. Brandi Ray’s job [as Grayson County High School principal] is in jeopardy.

  • Hill, McCraw want to run for Carroll at-large seat

    Two candidates are in the running for the at-large seat on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors during this year’s Republican Primary.

    According to the ballot provided by the Virginia State Board of Elections website, Kevin W. Hill will run for the seat against Robert L. “Robbie” McCraw. On May 16, the Carroll County Republican Party will select its candidates to run in this year’s general election on Nov. 3.

  • N.C. 89 curve project delayed

    UPDATED 5/12:

    The final phase of a project to straighten a dangerous curve on N.C. 89 near Lowgap has been delayed until Surry County, N.C., schools dismiss for summer. The North Carolina Department of Transportation now plans to close the road for two weeks starting June 15, and set up a nearly 40-mile detour

  • Man charged with N.C. vehicle theft

    A local man was arrested on a warrant for a stolen vehicle charge, and deputies reported finding drugs, drug paraphernalia and ammunition in the convicted felon’s possession and in his home.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan reported that, on May 6, deputies Eric Testerman and Brad Hawks were dispatched to 700 Edmonds Road in the county, in reference to a reported stolen vehicle from North Carolina.

  • Judge to pick new school board member

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board met in closed session for almost five hours Wednesday night but failed to agree on a replacement for the Oldtown District seat left vacant by Hobert Bailey, who resigned last month.

    Board members went into closed session at the special called meeting shortly after 6 p.m. to interview the four people who submitted letters of interest for Bailey’s seat.

    The four contenders are Diane Haynes, Larry Bartlett, Chris Sutherland and Keith Andrews.