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Today's News

  • End of Watch: Community says goodbye to deputy

    The one word echoed over and over again Wednesday at Curtis Bartlett’s funeral at First Baptist Church of Galax was “inspired.”

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department deputy, who was also a U.S. Army veteran and an elite athlete who served as a brand ambassador for RSP Nutrition, was clearly far more than the sum of his titles.

    The funeral was closed to media, but livestreamed over the church’s Facebook page, where videos of the event are still available.

  • Recycling has saved Grayson $100,000

    INDEPENDENCE ― Recycling efforts over the past several years have added up in savings for Grayson County, with a positive impact to the county budget, as well as the environment.

    Steve Delp addressed the effects with the Grayson County Board of Supervisors during its March 9 meeting, before highlighting a series of events that are scheduled to assist the in safe disposal efforts.

  • Readers Hotline 3/22/17

    Agreed
    I want to thank Tommy Morton for the letter he wrote in reply to the letters to the editor by John Duvall. My opinion exactly, only I could say a whole lot more. Thank you for publishing it.

    No shame

  • Turns 97

    Dan Carico celebrated his 97th birthday Feb. 19, 2017. He was born on Feb. 22. Attending were his children and spouses and his grandchildren.

    They are Lehman and Shelby Carico, Darius and Kathy Carico, Bill and Mary Carico and Stan and Virginia Cox.

  • Public record for 3/22/17 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in September in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Readers Hotline 3/20/17

    Mind your own legs
    I’m calling about the “nix the leggings” comment. To whomever is calling in about the young girls wearing these leggings, that’s the style now days. This person must be really old-fashioned or real religious and doesn’t believe in anything. But I do know I like them myself and I think these young girls look good in them. They are beautiful. I think this lady is also jealous. You need to keep your nose out of this because it is none of your business.

    Squirming

  • Kindergartener making ribbons to help deputy's family

    When Bentley Anderson, 6, learned that his school’s former resource officer had died in the line of duty, the Gladeville Elementary kindergartener’s first thought was to help Deputy Curtis Bartlett’s family.

    “When he came to school, he always had a smile,” Anderson said of Bartlett on Wednesday. “He made sure all the kids were safe. He’d take his dog and walk it all around the school.”

  • Improvements continue at Fries Community Center

    FRIES ― In fall 2014, when Fries Community Center Board Chairman Denny Brooms was told that the Fries Recreation Center board would be disbanding and a new board would be formed, he volunteered to serve on the board with 15 other people.

    The board held its first meeting on Jan. 12, 2015. A dozen volunteers attended, and following introductions, Brooms was asked to serve as chairman.

  • Annual 'Bid for a Cure' auction set for March 18

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – It’s almost as sure as the change of seasons: spring means the jonquils bloom, the little birds sing and the “Bid for a Cure” auction offers items, services and opportunities for happy bidders.

  • Edwards in custody after police pursuit

    Staff Report

    A Carroll County man is in custody after a chase that involved several law enforcement agencies last week and caused a lockdown at a local elementary school. The man faces several charges from Carroll County and is expected to face more from Wythe County.

    According to a news release from Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner, on March 7 at 3 p.m., his office was notified by the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office that they were in pursuit of a maroon Ford pickup on Casselton Road, just off Route 100.