Today's News

  • 'Rolling Thunder' defendant sentenced in federal court

    ABINGDON — An Independence man arrested during the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation was sentenced last week in federal court for his part in a methamphetamine distribution network, and seven more co-defendants are set to be sentenced this week.

    Operation Rolling Thunder was a joint local, state and federal investigation. A total of 24 people were charged; 21 have pleaded guilty and three have not been convicted.

  • Fries does away with vehicle decals

    FRIES — After several months of discussions and planning, Fries Town Council has approved the decision to move away from vehicle decal stickers, in favor of a motor vehicle licensing fee.

    The decision was made with a unanimous vote by council members during their March 6 meeting.

  • Public record for 3/21/18 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in November of 2017, in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers Hotline 3/21/18

    Taxpayers’ money
    I was just wondering how much of the taxpayers’ money was used by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to publish all the delinquent tax names and the amounts owed. I think they should have used that money to help clear it up, especially for some of the seniors and some of the people who aren’t able to find jobs and work. Thank you so much and I hope Carroll County Supervisors have a lovely day.

  • Readers Hotline 3/19/18

    Waiting on Wildwood
    Whatever happened with the Wildwood Industrial Park over by Hillsville? It’s been several years since Grayson County threw in with Carroll County to attract some business there. I think they were offering tax breaks to any new businesses locating there. That’s nothing but a bribe and it defrauds local people of tax support for schools and other essential services. We need to figure out some better use for the land out there at Wildwood.

  • Police warn of AEP scam

    Staff Report

    According to an alert the Galax Police Department, a phone scam is making the rounds in the Twin Counties.

    Citizens have reported that a caller — a male with a foreign accent — claims he is with American Electric Power. If called back, the line sounds like AEP’s automated service, but is not; one number the alleged scammer calls from is (844) 235-4804.

    If you speak directly with the caller, citizens say he demands money that must be paid right away over the phone or power will be disconnected, police warned.

  • Principal nominated for 'LifeChanger' award

    FRIES — Fries School Principal John Alexander has been nominated for the 2017-2018 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

    Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States, “who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.”

    Alexander was nominated by an anonymous colleague, according to a news release.

  • Walk up, not out: GHS addresses school safety

    Galax High School students were presented with a “Walk Up, Not Out” program in the auditorium on March 14, designed to promote school safety and honor the 17 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victims in Parkland, Fla., one month earlier.

    The program included videos, one by GHS students and one by the Sandy Hook Promise Group, a clip of CNN’s Anderson Cooper reading the names of the Parkland dead and words from Principal Justin Iroler.

  • Davis will spend life in prison for murder


    INDEPENDENCE – Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis, convicted of murder and five other charges by a Grayson County jury in January, apologized in court on Thursday during his sentencing hearing

    Davis, 65, said before he was sentenced that “there isn’t much I can say.”

    “I didn’t mean to kill her,” he said, referring to ex-girlfriend Karen Cates. “I’m sorry for killing her and wounding David Patton.”

  • Rose sentenced for burglary, protective order violation

    INDEPENDENCE — David Christopher Rose was sentenced to serve two years in prison on March 8, after being found guilty of grand larceny, burglary and violation of a protective order last month.

    Rose was charged with other offenses, including arson, in April 2017 after police investigated a fire at an apartment above the former Ogle’s Deli in Independence. The apartment was rented by his estranged wife, Samantha Gray.