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Today's News

  • Trial to be set for Billings homicide suspect

    INDEPENDENCE — Both suspects in the 2002 shooting death of Brandon Billings are now being scheduled for hearings in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Chad Allen Reeves, 32, and George Albert Harper III, 41, have been charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in the death of high school student Billings — a case that is almost 13 years old.

  • Chalfant resigns as Grayson school chief

    UPDATE:

    The Grayson County School Board held a special called meeting on May 25, where members voted unanimously 5-0 to accept the superintendent’s resignation. The meeting was the first for Larry Bartlett, sworn in earlier that day after he was appointed by a circuit court judge to fill the vacant Oldtown District seat on the school board.

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Embattled Grayson County Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant is stepping down.

  • Woolwine pleads guilty to second degree murder, hit and run

    HILLSVILLE — A Christiansburg man who pleaded guilty Monday to hit-and-run and the second-degree murder of his 4-year-old son faces the possibility of a 50-year prison sentence and a $102,500 fine.
    Christopher Woolwine was arrested on Halloween 2014 after he left the scene of an accident on U.S. 52 and crashed his car a second time while attempting to evade authorities. Woolwine was traveling with his 4 year-old son, who was killed in the second wreck, according to reports.

  • "Give me liberty": Trausneck preserves Virginia patriot's speech

    HILLSVILLE — Guests who attended last year’s Fourth of July celebration in Hillsville might have spotted a familiar figure at the Grover King VFW Post during the festivities. Clad in familiar colonial attire, “Patrick Henry” took the stage last year to deliver his historic message to the community.

  • Galax sets June 13 as graduation date

    Galax City Public Schools has set June 13 as the Galax High School graduation date.

    GHS 1997 graduate Sarah B. Hiza, Ph.D., has been selected as the graduation speaker this year. Hiza went on to obtain degrees from both Virginia Tech and the University of Akron and works in propulsion systems.

    In other action at recent meetings, the board:

  • Volunteers collect 1,325 bags of trash

    Motorists, bikers and hikers alike may have noticed by now that the roadsides in Carroll County are a lot cleaner than usual, thanks to a community effort.

    During the months of April and May, citizens were invited to participate in the county’s annual Roadside Litter Control Project. Individuals, churches, civic groups and other organizations volunteered to roll up their sleeves and bag up more than 1,000 bags of trash.

  • Rural mail service criticized

    WASHINGTON — The National Newspaper Association has again called for measurement of on-time delivery of rural mail.

    The association’s president says an alarming deterioration in rural mail service is being reported across the country.

    “The Postal Service took a radical step when it began closing down the processing operations in smaller cities and moved them to the heart of urban America” said National Newspaper President John Edgecombe Jr., publisher of The Nebraska Signal in Geneva, Neb.

  • Carroll set to adopt $41.9M budget

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors will meet on May 26 to adopt the fiscal year 2016 county budget and set tax rates.

    Tuesday’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room on the second floor of the Carroll County Governmental Center.

    In April, the board reviewed a proposal for the budget, which included a reduction in the county’s real estate tax rate, an increase in the machinery and tools and personal property tax rates and the elimination of the farm machinery tax.

  • Joe Wilson was mountain music's champion

    Generally, legends are made by acts of great heroism: beating back an enemy, rescuing the helpless, bringing justice to the oppressed.

    Another component of heroism is simply in doing: committing acts and going forward.

    Curious, then, that Joe Wilson, who died on May 17 at 77 years of age, is a legend in folklore, traditional arts and roots music when he was barely known to pick up a guitar.

  • Fries sets stage for theater renovation

    FRIES — Fries Town Council has approved a plan to renovate the Fries Community Center Theater.

    Originally presented to council in April, a plan designed by Kit Marshall was reviewed and approved by council members on May 5.

    “Last month, we asked [Marshall] to show her ideas around to get further input from the public. I can’t say that I’ve spoken to everybody, but everyone I have talked to has spoken favorably about the design,” Mayor Richard Farmer said.