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Today's News

  • Harper murder case won't proceed

    INDEPENDENCE ― George Albert Harper III, who was charged with first-degree murder in the 2002 shooting death of Brandon Billings, has pleaded guilty to two counts of perjury for giving conflicting testimony to Grayson County grand juries.

    As a result, the prosecution will not go forward with the murder charge against Harper and a charge for using a firearm in commission of a felony was amended to reflect one of the two perjury charges.

  • Readers Hotline 7/25/16

    Clumps in the road

  • Who will protect and serve police?

    Every law enforcement officer who buckles into a patrol car today does so with a heavy heart.

    Everyone who pins on a badge will do so with a mixed sense of frustration and exhaustion, anger and exasperation.

    These men and women have an incredibly difficult job. “Protect and serve” may be the mission, but the responsibilities we place on their shoulders are greater than many of us can imagine.

  • Hearts United plans Galax peace vigil

    What started as a prayer vigil to bring together law enforcement and the black community in a show of unity during a turbulent time has grown into a movement.

    Encouraged by the turnout and the positive reaction to the Peace Prayer Vigil in Hillsville on July 10, Pastor Daniel Harrison of Elk Spur Church in Fancy Gap has launched Hearts United. The group is planning a similar unity vigil on Sunday in Galax.

  • River access closed at Byllesby Dam

    Staff Report

    Appalachian Power will close access to the New River at Byllesby Dam in Carroll County to allow for completion of construction work.

    According to a release from John Shepelwich, media contact for Appalachian Power, the Byllesby portage and public boat ramp on the New River will be closed effective immediately. The closure began on July 19.

  • Fallen tree blocks North Main in Galax

    A large chunk of the old maple tree planted at the Galax Farmers’ Market fell on Wednesday afternoon around 2:30 p.m., blocking traffic but causing no injury.

    Officer Jason Hawks of the Galax Police Department was on hand to secure the area until the city could cut up the wood and haul it away.

  • Readers Hotline 7/20/16

    Not listening
    Why don’t the authorities go ahead and tell why these people get shot. [The victims] just can’t hear or don’t listen, or if one tells them “throw that gun down” if they don’t know what to do or don’t understand. I know what to do. I’d just throw the gun down.

    Social experiment

  • Currie, Fell to marry

    Robert and Mary Felicito of Mouth of Wilson announced the engagement of their son, Jason Fell, to Ellen Currie, daughter of Carlton and Haise Currie of Houston, Texas. 

    Fell is a 2001 graduate of Grayson County High School and a 2006 graduate of Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.  
    Fell is employed by Halliburton Energy Services in Dallas, Texas.  

  • Taylors celebrate 50th anniversary

    Joe and Dorothy Taylor celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 24.
    The couple married June 24, 1966. They reside in Wytheville.

    They have a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Karen Taylor of Independence; two grandchildren, Daniel Taylor and Colleen and husband Trent McMillion; and special family member, Pat Taylor.

  • Public record for 7/20/16 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Circuit Court
     
    These sentences were recorded in September 2015 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed: