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Today's News

  • School board member questions teacher attendance policy

    INDEPENDENCE — A hot topic over the last few months at Grayson County School Board meetings has been about the amount of time staff members throughout the division are allowed to take off.

    Shannon Holdaway, vice chairman of the school board, has expressed multiple times that — while he understands the two issues are separate — he feels the county is penalizing parents for keeping students home from school, but allowing employees to take time away from the classroom for illness.

  • Jones' attorney to introduce new evidence

    HILLSVILLE — Though he was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison, Matthew Steven Jones has not had his last day in court.

    After a trial in Grayson County Circuit Court, Jones was found guilty in November of first-degree murder in the strangling death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, and sentenced March 6 to life in prison without parole, with an additional three years suspended and a $100,000 fine.

  • Wreck on Rte. 89 causes multiple injuries

    A two-vehicle crash Thursday evening on Virginia 89 left multiple injuries in its wake and victims were transported from the area by EMS.

    Showing apparent damage were a tan SUV with handicapped Virginia plates and a white pickup truck with North Carolina plates.

    The accident occurred about 5 p.m. near Tastee-Freez.

    Galax police are handling the accident, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    “We think the truck lost its brakes coming off the hill,” Cox said at the scene. He did not have further information.

  • Readers Hotline 3/25/15

    Hit reset
    It’s our own fault Grayson County.... for believing ... leadership can do what it takes to move our public schools into the future. Here we are, millions of dollars in the red, getting rid of teachers and no clue what the future of our children’s schools will look like. We need to clean house in central office and hit the reset button.

    Chiming in

  • Public record for 3/25/15 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 Aug. 29, 2014-Sept. 15, 2014, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers Hotline 3/23/15

    Wants to donate

  • With town's support, CCMS could get safety lights

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Town Council will support the Carroll County School Board’s resolution to install a set of flashing lights at Carroll County Middle School.

    School Board Chairman Brian Spencer and Vice Chairman Joey Haynes presented the idea at council’s March 9 meeting, and explained that they had contacted the Virginia Department of Transportation with their request.

  • Galax man charged after pursuit

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man faces several charges following a pursuit that began in Independence on Feb. 28 and ended in Galax when the vehicle wrecked near Armory Road.

    The pursuit began after Independence Police Officer Renee Dalton observed a Dodge Stratus with New Hampshire license plates following another vehicle too close.

  • CF Auction: Good deals for good cause

    By D.T. Clark, Staff

    This year marks the area’s 14th annual Cystic Fibrosis Auction, and according to main-man-in-charge Freddy Hall, it will be the kind of event regular customers know to expect and newcomers will be surprised to discover.

    Up for auction will be toys, games, memorabilia, collectibles, furniture new and antiques, building supplies (anyone need a sink?) and services ranging from private concerts to some time behind the steering wheel (stick?) of a military tank.

    Really.

  • Car crashes into Woodlawn post office

    WOODLAWN — The U.S. Post Office in Woodlawn is still open and running despite structural damage caused by a vehicle slamming into the building Tuesday afternoon.

    According to a report from Virginia State Police Trooper P.K. Cheek, Suemay Melcher, 75, of Woodlawn, was pulling into a parking spot at the post office on March 17 when she attempted to slow the car down. “Unfortunately, she hit the gas pedal instead of the brake,” Cheek said.