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Today's News

  • Grayson School Board calls emergency meeting

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board held an emergency called meeting May 30 at the central office in Independence.

    The meeting was called for the board to discuss accounting information with Norma Quesinberry, the school system’s director of finance. No action was taken after the meeting.

    A school auditor was scheduled to be at the central office on Monday to meet with Quesinberry.

  • City bids farewell to longtime employees

    Galax City Council honored two retiring longtime employees at its May 11 meeting and recognized the city’s water treatment plant, which won an award.

    Evelyn Bottomley, a utility clerk, and Nancy Hutchens, an accounts clerk, were each honored with a plaque and a watch. Bottomley served 21 years and three months; Hutchens served 15 years and nine months.

    Both are retiring from the director of finance’s office.

  • Jury selected for Reeves murder trial

    INDEPENDENCE — Opening arguments in the trial of Chad Allen Reeves, 32 — one of two suspects in the 2002 shooting death of Galax High School student Brandon Billings — will start at 9 a.m. today, Monday.

    The trial is set to run five days, according to Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, who is prosecuting the case.

    Vaught said that jury selection took less time than anticipated.

  • After a century, bald eagles soar again

    WITH VIDEO

    Submitted by Scott Jackson-Ricketts, Blue Ridge Discovery Center

    You’re out weeding your garden, perhaps hiking the New River Trail, or just driving along a country road when suddenly you spy a raptor overhead, stretched out like a board, a nine-and-a-half-pound bird with a wingspan of 80 inches, its white head and tail sealing the identification, a graceful marriage of bird and sky.

    Take another look if you can, and savor the moment.

  • Students honor their inspirations at banquet

    HILLSVILLE — Whether it was through years of careful mentoring, or just one perfect piece of advice given at the right moment, students will always remember the effort given by their teachers to ensure their success long after they don their caps and gowns and march across the stage for graduation.

  • Sexton seeks another term, but new seat

    FRIES — David Sexton, current chairman and at-large member of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, has announced his intention to seek re-election to the board, but this time he will be running for the Providence District seat.

    When he was elected in 2011, Sexton ran as a Republican. This time, he is an independent.

    Michael Hash has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for the Providence District seat. John S. Fant is campaigning for the supervisor at-large position as an independent candidate.

  • Carroll supervisors adopt 2016 budget

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors adopted the fiscal year 2016 county budget on May 27.

    Members of the board met for a quick meeting where they, at the motion of Supervisor Joshua Hendrick, unanimously approved the county’s general operating expenditures of $41.9 million for the general fund, and $15,000 for the law library fund.

  • School board accepts Chalfant's resignation

    UPDATE:

    This week's special called meeting of the school board has changed from Monday to Tuesday at 6 p.m., due to conflicts with school sporting events.

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – It took the Grayson County School Board less than five minutes to accept the resignation of Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant during a special called meeting on Monday.

  • Student initiative targets bullying

    HILLSVILLE — The world is already a difficult place without the added pressure and stress that come with school bullying, and that is what a group of students intend to combat and prevent through a new initiative.

    The Carroll County Special Projects Organization, formed in January 2013, was organized to provide a resource to students who had suffered from bullying, or who wished to become an advocate against bullying.

  • Town manager's charge amended to reckless driving

    WYTHEVILLE — Retta Nichole Jackson of Hillsville was found guilty of a reckless driving charge, amended from a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI), in Wythe County General District Court on May 27.

    Jackson, who serves as town manager of Hillsville, was charged by Virginia State Police Trooper J.J. Graham on Nov. 16, 2014. According to the police report, Graham responded to Exit 81 on Interstate 81 at 5:30 a.m., when Jackson’s vehicle ran off the road and struck an embankment.