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Today's News

  • Special election set for Grayson School Board vacancy

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A special election has been set for Nov. 8 to fill the unexpired term of T.T. Carico on the Grayson County School Board.

    Carico was injured in an ATV accident on July 3 and died of his injuries on July 6.

    The Grayson County School Board — through its counsel, Independence attorney Roger Brooks — petitioned the court July 22 for the special election.

  • Sign shines light on Fries history

    FRIES ― After the sun set and the rain cleared on the evening of July 2, a large crowd of Fries residents and supporters gathered together outside of the Fries Community Center (known also by Fries natives as the “Y” or the “Rec Center”), to celebrate the lighting of the newly-refurbished Fries Theatre sign.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 11

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Galax man was indicted on two counts of rape last Friday by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.

    Jovanni Martinez Garcia, 28, was indicted on the two charges that involved a female less than 13 years old. One count allegedly occurred on or about April 4, and the other on or about April 7, 2016.

    The grand jury indicted a total of 11 people on 18 charges, in addition to several sealed indictments that will be opened later after warrants are served.

  • Ordinance would ban animals from events in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — After some citizens had bad encounters with animals, Hillsville is considering an ordinance banning all animals at town events.

    The ordinance would still allow service animals.

    Council Member Greg Yonce brought up the issue at the July 11 meeting, saying he had been contacted by citizens who wanted a “no dogs” ordinance for the town’s monthly classic car cruise-ins.

    “That pit bull with a logging chain on it scared a lot of people,” Yonce said, referring to an animal that was at the July cruise-in.

  • Jackson, Morris to marry

    Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jackson, Jr., of Galax announce of the engagement of their daughter, Jenna Katharine, to Matthew Morris, son of Janice Morris and the late Michael Morris of Mocksville, N.C.

    Jenna Jackson is a graduate of Carroll County High School and was graduated magna cum laude from Oklahoma City University.
    She works in the entertainment department of the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta and teaches at the Lyric Dance Extension.

  • Turns 98

    Vita Barton celebrated her birthday at Waddell Nursing & Rehab Center.

    She turned 98 on June 30 and celebrated with family and friends who surprised her with a party at the facility. A special guest was her great-great-grandson, Silas Bowman, age 18 months old.

  • Parks, Hash to marry

    Eddie and Shelia Hash along with Michael and Rachel Parks announced the engagement of Toby J. Hash and Tiffany M. Parks.

    An October wedding is planned.
     

  • Public record for 7/27/16 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 Oct. 16-28, 2015, in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers Hotline 7/25/16

    Clumps in the road

  • Tax revenue shortfall means no state money for raises

    Due to the state’s overestimation of this fiscal year’s budget, the school system’s dreams of expanding positions and giving raises out of state funds will be put on hold this time, according to Galax City Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    Instead, the Galax School Board will have to rework its budget to pay for the raises with local funds.