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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.

  • 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.

  • Exit 1 utility work nears completion

    LAMBSBURG – Now that the water storage tank has been completed at Exit 1 on Interstate 77 in Carroll County, the next step in the water improvement project is to complete the pump station under construction off Imogene Road.

    Once the pump station is completed early next year, it will pump water to the new 105,000-gallon tank on Cedar Lane in the Lambsburg community of Carroll County. That tank was completed last month by general contractor Eastern Tank & Utility Service.

  • Jones Murder Trial: DAY ONE

    INDEPENDENCE — April 15, 2013, was the last time Desia Rae George of Fries was seen alive.

    What happened to her remains a mystery, but testimony at the murder trial of her boyfriend, Matthew Steven Jones, 36, shed light on his activities that day.

    Witnesses testified on Wednesday that the defendant spent April 15 buying crack cocaine, arguing with George over money and telling her children that she had left home before packing them up and sending them to their grandparents.

  • Charity, business team up to feed 300

    In business, as in entertainment, a turkey is usually a failure — or at least something so awful nobody wants to touch it.

    Once you add a charity to the mix, however, it’s a success story.

    Hanks & Associates (Ameriprise of Galax) helped out with the food drive for God’s Storehouse Community Kitchen again this year; their effort went towards the Kitchen’s turkey dinner boxes for needy families over Thanksgiving.

  • Pa. man arrested on drug charges

    Members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office captured a wanted man from Pennsylvania in Fancy Gap on Monday.

    On Nov. 17, deputies arrested Daniel Joe Nelson Jr., 25, on a fugitive warrant from Pennsylvania. He was found on Turner Spur Road in Fancy Gap.

    “He had an address here in Fancy Gap as one of his addresses. He had several other addresses listed in other places, as well,” Gardner said, noting that he wasn’t sure where Nelson was really from.