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Today's News

  • Man charged with intent to sell methamphetamine

    An Independence man was arrested April 17 on drug charges, according to a Galax Police Department report.

    Jackie Christopher Parsons, 37, was charged by Officer Drew Burnett, who encountered Parsons while trying to locate a person in an unrelated matter.

    Parsons is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a Schedule IV drug.

    He was sent to the New River Valley Regional Jail on a secured bond, pending his appearance in Galax General District Court.

  • Parents ask school chief to resign

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Tracy Anderson, representing the 500-plus-member Grayson Citizens for Better Schools, called for the resignation of Grayson County School Superintendent Kevin Chalfant during last Thursday’s regular school board meeting.

    The meeting was originally set for the library at the Independence Middle School, but was moved to the auditorium when the crowd swelled to around 300 people.

  • County gives schools $1 million, with conditions

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors proposed approving more than $1 million more in funding for schools than the state requires – but only if school officials meet several special requirements. County Administrator Jonathan Sweet unveiled the proposal for the coming fiscal year at an April 15 budget work session for supervisors.

  • Grayson school board chairman resigns

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Hobert Bailey, chairman of the Grayson County School Board, has resigned.

    Bailey has been a member of the board representing the Oldtown District for the past 16 years. He could not be reached for comment on Friday.

    School board member Wynn Combs made the motion to accept Bailey’s resignation at last Thursday night’s school board meeting. School board member Fred Weatherman seconded the motion, which was approved unanimously.

  • Parks charged with shooting into home

    A Galax man is charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling and malicious wounding after an incident in Grayson County on April 14.

    Grayson County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Noah Parks, 18, of 112 Middleton Street in Galax, for shooting into an occupied residence, according to a report from Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    The incident occurred at a mobile home on Carla Lane in the Fairview area at approximately 8:30 p.m.

  • Meet the cast and crew of 'Some Enchanted Evening'

    “Some Enchanted Evening,” the 40th anniversary production and final performance by the Galax Theater Guild, opens April 23 at the Rex Theater, with two more shows on April 25 and 26.

    The production is a revue featuring the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, from Broadway musicals like “The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific,” “Oklahoma,” “The King and I” and more.

    The cast of the production includes:

  • VDOT hears road work requests in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Carroll County Board of Supervisors held a joint public hearing on April 13, to receive public comments on the proposed secondary highway six-year plan for 2015-16 through 2020-21; as well as the secondary system construction budget for 2015-16.

  • Readers Hotline 4/22/15

    Fines for littering
    People that put trash out in other people’s yards, I am going to push the General Assembly here in Virginia to make it a $5,000 fine and it needs to be a $5,000 fine, those trashy people.

    Shine a positive light

  • Public record for 4/22/15 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 Sept. 16-Oct. 1, 2014, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, formerly clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Cavaliers trim Cave Spring; Maroon Tide soccer rolls

    ROANOKE –– A leadoff double and two pitches to the backstop accounted for all the offense Carroll County would need Monday as the Cavaliers notched a huge 1-0 River Ridge District softball win at Cave Spring.

    Carroll County (7-0 overall, 2-3 RRD) led off the game with a Tiffanie Moore double to right center, and two wild pitches later the Cavaliers had scored the only run the game would produce.