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Today's News

  • Grayson schools left with $500K deficit

    INDEPENDENCE – Dropping enrollment numbers in Grayson County have left the school system with a more than $500,000 deficit for the current budget, although the number was once roughly $1.1 million.

    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant updated the school board on the gap during the regular school board meeting this month and pointed out that while the number was once $1.1 million, the actual amount the division needs to cut is closer to $700,000.

  • Welcome to Hampton Valley

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    It’s not unusual for Grayson County folks to go to great lengths to preserve their rich Appalachian heritage, and Grayson’s Baywood community offers a good example of this.

    One man there is building a monument-like sign that announces the name the community had before officials decided to rename it, a name change many never embraced because it ignores the family who originally settled the area – the Hamptons.

  • Police using Facebook to find fugitives

    HILLSVILLE — Local authorities are partnering with the community through social media to locate and apprehend criminals on a number of offenses, ranging from failure to appear in court to violent criminal acts.

  • Public record for 11/26/14 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 May 22-30 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers Hotline 11/24/14

    Shut the lid

  • Tide earns rematch with Haysi

    Galax closed its regular season with five straight wins by putting up some impressive point totals, averaging 45 points per game over that span. Thanks to a defense that has gotten into to the scoring act in the postseason, ‘impressive’ has evolved into ridiculous.

  • Jones Murder Trial: DAY TWO

    READ ABOUT DAY ONE OF THE JONES TRIAL HERE

    INDEPENDENCE — The first-degree murder trial of Matthew Steven Jones, 36, continued in Grayson County Circuit Court on Thursday, with the prosecution calling more witnesses.

    Jones is 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 by a roadside.

  • Matt Jones murder trial begins

    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.

  • State Line Rush off to 5-1 start

     The State Line Rush opened its season with five wins in its first six games, most recently winning two of three games at the VHSAA Shootout at the Galax Recreation Center

    State Line 71, Front Royal 46: The Rush coupled a strong start with a strong finish and wrapped up a 2-1 run in the VHSAA Shootout Saturday afternoon in Galax.

  • PLAYOFF PRIMER

    Have game, will travel (take 2)

    Some hefty road trips once again are in store for a few teams in this week’s second-round playoff games, topped by Buckingham County’s 268-mile, 4 hour and 31-minute trip to Gate City.