Today's News

  • Trail work underway in Independence

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Phase II construction of the Grayson County Enhancement Trail is nearly complete, as workers continue to connect the sidewalk from Nautilus Way Road to Industrial Lane in East Independence.

    The construction crew, King General Contractors Inc., is scheduled to complete the project by Dec. 1, according to Elaine Holeton, project manager and Grayson’s director of planning and community development.

  • Galax explains new stormwater fee

    City Engineer Edwin Ward’s recent public presentation on Galax’s new stormwater ordinance and fee was lightly attended, but the meeting was informative about what it means to citizens and businesses.

    While detailed, Ward’s presentation explained simply the general need for stormwater management: “[it] is undertaken to prevent increased soil erosion damage as a result of increased and concentrated stormwater runoff from property development.”

  • Scammers get political with survey con

    The Better Business Bureau warns to steer clear of political polling calls that promise gift cards in exchange for taking a voter survey. Survey cons are common, but the U.S. presidential campaign gives scammers a timely elections twist.

    The BBB explains how the scam works. You get a call from someone claiming to be conducting a political survey. The pollster wants to ask you questions about the upcoming presidential election. In exchange for a few minutes of your time and your opinions, you will get a gift card or other reward.

  • Galax police make felony arrests

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included forgery, felony shoplifting, drug violations and perjury.

    • Heather Combs Lytton, 45, of Galax, was charged on Oct. 9 by Officer T.B. Jefferson for felony perjury (falsely swearing an oath).

    • Peggy Longshore Tucker, 66, of Galax, was charged on Oct. 11 by Officer Darrin Alley for felony petit larceny (third offense).

  • Wilmore: no conflict with coaches on board

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County’s school superintendent and the school system’s attorney say that volunteer coaches are allowed to serve on the school board, citing state code.

    At an Oct. 10 meeting, Tracy “Zeke” Anderson, a candidate for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board, went before the board to request the resignations of two members, Randy Shinault and Philip Vaughan.

  • Carroll's top teacher earns training award

    A teacher at Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County has received an award that will provide her with specialized training in reading and spelling.

    Sheila Hommema, a kindergarten teacher at Oakland and Carroll County’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, has received a Lucile Cornetet Individual Professional Development Award from the Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) Educational Foundation.

  • Readers Hotline 10/26/16

    Not friendly
    I am calling about a male worker for the Town of Hillsville that is unfriendly. You look at him and speak and he looks at you like you are crazy. The mayor of Hillsville is very friendly but there are certain other males that are very unfriendly. Get a personality.

    Down on liars

  • DeHaven celebrates 105th birthday

    HILLSVILLE – A Hillsville resident celebrated a milestone birthday with a surprise party thrown by staff at Commonwealth Assisted Living on Sept. 30.
    In a room decked out with 105 brightly colored balloons, Louise DeHaven was brought to a surprise party to celebrate her 105th birthday. DeHaven has been a resident at Commonwealth since 2007 and staff, residents, family and friends gathered to show her just how special this birthday was.
    Her birthday was on Oct. 1.

  • Public record for 10/19/16 edition

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in December of 2015 in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:
    Alan Joseph Cesnavisius of Sparta, N.C., guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $25 fine and $121 costs.
    Heather Lynn Hamm of Sparta, N.C., guilty of obstruction of justice without force; sentenced to 30 days in jail, suspended; unsupervised probation for 12 months; pay $216 costs.

  • Public record for 10/26/16 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 March 7-31 in the office of Gerald R. Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville: