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Today's News

  • Jones found guilty of murder

    READ ABOUT DAY ONE OF THE TRIAL HERE

    INDEPENDENCE — Matthew Steven Jones, 36, was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison by a jury of his peers in Grayson County Circuit Court on Friday evening.

    Jones was charged in the 2013 death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, 33. She was missing for about a month last spring, before her body was found in a creek by a roadside in Grayson County.

  • Town manager charged with DUI

    WYTHEVILLE — Retta Nichole Jackson, 23, of Hillsville, faces a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated following a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 in Wythe County on Nov. 16.

    Jackson serves as town manager of Hillsville.

    The Wythe County General District Court website shows two charges against Jackson — driving while intoxicated (first offense), a Class 1 misdemeanor; and failure to update license, a traffic infraction.

  • Legislators get closer look at CCHS innovations

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board and two state legislators met to discuss the upcoming year’s budget and other issues over breakfast at the Carroll County High School library on Nov. 14, and toured the school’s robotics lab and innovative new lab dedicated to science, technology, engineering, math and agriculture.

  • Grayson to borrow $40,000 for water project

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to borrow $40,000 to complete a project replacing lead-based water meters that officials describe as obsolete.

    The vote came during the supervisors regular monthly meeting Nov. 13 and did not include supervisors John Brewer or David Sexton, neither of whom attended the meeting.

  • Police: witness drove stolen car to court

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — While a Galax man was in court testifying in a murder case last week, police in Independence discovered that the car he drove to court was stolen from West Virginia.

    Now, two Galax residents are facing charges.

    Independence Police Chief James Wagoner said he was investigating a suspicious vehicle call at the Independence Post Office on Nov. 20 when he observed a man and woman walking in that area.

  • Jones to be sentenced for murder conviction

    INDEPENDENCE — Matthew Steven Jones, 36, found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, has been scheduled for a sentencing hearing in January.

    Jones was found guilty by a jury after a three-day trial at Grayson Circuit Court last week.

    Proceedings began on Nov. 19 and ended after 10 p.m. on Nov. 21.

    According to evidence, George, 33, was strangled to death and her body was dumped by a road in Fries. She was missing for nearly a month.

  • Mitchell named Carroll Teacher of the Year

    HILLSVILLE — Frederick L. Mitchell, a chemistry teacher at Carroll County High School, has been named the school system’s Teacher of the Year for 2014.

    Mitchell was surprised with the award during class on Nov. 14, just a few days after he and the other nominees were recognized at the Carroll School Board’s Nov. 11 meeting. “They showed up with [the award] and some treats for me and my students to all enjoy,” he said on Monday.

  • Merchants concerned over parade plans

    HILLSVILLE — Downtown merchants expressed their concern to the Hillsville Town Council earlier this month after hearing about several changes that have been made to this year’s Christmas celebration.

    In previous years, the annual event began with the Christmas parade at 4 p.m., followed by the tree lighting ceremony. However, this year’s plan includes a later start date, with the tree lighting slated for 5:15 p.m., followed by the parade at 6 p.m.

  • Christmas food fund taking donations

    The Galax Community Christmas Food Fund is kicking off it annual activities.

    Spearheaded by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, the fund helps the public provide holiday food staples for needy families.

    The goal is to raise $30,000 to purchase two food boxes for 550 less fortunate families in the area. For many years, this effort was handled by the Galax Y’s Men’s Club; the fire department has now taken on the project.

  • Wreck damages vehicles, causes minor injuries

    A two-vehicle crash in Galax caused consequential damage to two automobiles but only a minor injury to one driver on Nov. 18, according to Galax Police Officer Silverio Gonzalez, who responded to the accident.

    A 2002 Toyota Corolla driven by Amanda Lynn Jansen, 25, of Galax, was hit by a 2004 Dodge Dakota driven by Russell James Kirby, 28, also of Galax, at about 12:03 p.m. Gonzales said.