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Today's News

  • Defense submits suppression brief in Jones case

    A court brief filed on behalf of Matthew Steven Jones seeks to suppress a photographic identification procedure that was used in accusing him of the first-degree murder of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George of Fries.

    The brief was filed in Grayson County Circuit Court through his attorney, Karen Boyer of Hillsville.

    George, 33, was reported missing on April 16, 2013. Her body was found weeks later in a ditch beside Brush Creek Road. A witness said she saw Jones near the area at night around the same date and spoke with him before continuing on her way.

  • Safety plans underway for flea market

    HILLSVILLE - While flea market vendors are busy setting up colorful displays to sell during Labor Day weekend in Hillsville, local authorities and rescue squads are implementing strategies to keep streets safe for shoppers.
    This effort, spearheaded by the Hillsville Police Department and Carroll County rescue squads in years past, is to ensure safety from health-, crime- or traffic-related injuries.

  • Readers Hotline 8/27/14

    Off the street
    I am calling about Grayson County High School. If they have all this money to re-fix some bleachers, why don’t they fix a track for kids to run on and get them off the street with so many bad drivers as there are texting and doing drugs?

    Two Pauls

  • Readers' Hotline 8/25/14

    Welcome to GCHS
    Kudos to Grayson County High School for a great open house. Administrators and teachers were inviting and helpful. Great job.

    Start from scratch

  • Gate City handles Grayson County, 40-2

    GATE CITY –– The good news is that Grayson County gets to take a mulligan on this one.

    Walking into one of Southwest Virginia’s most tradition-rich stadiums to face an up-and-coming Gate City, Grayson County’s Blue Devils fell behind early and dropped a 40-2 decision to Gate City’s Blue Devils in a benefit game Friday at Legion Field.

  • Maroon Tide opens with a bang

    HILLSVILLE – The Galax Maroon Tide scored four touchdowns in the first period Friday night and rolled to a 48-14 victory over Carroll County in a benefit football game played at Tommy Thompson Field in Hillsville.

    The Cavaliers, making their debut under new head coach Eddie Sloss, had the ball first and went three and out.

    Keyshawn Brown fielded the punt and returned it to the Cavalier 17.

  • Hillsville mourns loss of former mayor

    HILLSVILLE - Former Hillsville mayor Randall Gravley died Thursday in Pulaski County. He was 65.

  • Commissioner denied raise request

    HILLSVILLE - The Carroll County Board of Supervisors denied a requested increase in salary for four employees of the commissioner of revenue office.
    Commissioner of Revenue Fran McPherson first brought her request for raises in May. The request came after a recent combination of her office with the county's assessor's office. Supervisors decided to table the request, and revisit the matter after the merger took effect.
    McPherson asked for a raise for her employees, but did not request an increase for herself.

  • School Board approves refinancing

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Public Schools will save nearly $69,000 after approving refinancing of local bonds previously used for renovations and maintenance projects throughout the county.
    Originally referred to as the "$995k" bonds, the Series 2005D Non-Subsidized Loans were used for renovations at Fries Middle School and for various maintenance projects that were approved by the school board after excess funds were found in May.

  • Fire destroys Pine Crest Apartments in Galax