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Today's News

  • Austin pleads guilty to child porn charges

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man recently pleaded guilty to multiple counts of possession, reproduction and distribution of child pornography in Grayson County.

    According to a report from Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, David “Andrew” Austin, 25, appeared before the Grayson Circuit Court on April 30 to answer child pornography charges.

  • Special agent: embezzled money spent on internet gambling

    A woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling approximately $1 million from a Hillsville law firm spent most of the stolen money on internet gambling, according to a U.S. Secret Service agent who investigated the case.

    A recent article in Virginia Lawyers Weekly revealed details of the case, based on an affidavit from U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Gregory A. Watson.

    On June 5, Patricia Ethel Chinault, 72, of Apopka, Fla., appeared for a hearing in the U.S. District Court in Abingdon. She was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison.

  • Hillsville passes 2015-16 budget

    HILLSVILLE — Details of Hillsville’s town budget were ironed out on Monday, with the town council’s approval of the budget for fiscal year 2015-16 and adjustments to the 2014-15 budget.

    Council began with a public hearing concerning budget adjustments for the current fiscal year, but no one spoke. A motion was later made to accept adjustments as presented, which was approved unanimously.

    Next on the agenda was the approval of the budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

  • Driver to be charged in fatal wreck

    FLOYD — A Dugspur man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Floyd County on Sunday, and the vehicle’s driver faces charges of DUI and manslaughter, according to media reports.

    Virginia State Police reported that James Colen Newman, 20, died at the scene.

    According to media reports, state police were called to a crash on Rock Church Road (Virginia 628), about a mile south of Buffalo Mountain Road (Virginia 758), on June 21 around 1 a.m.

  • Juvenile driver injured in Woodlawn crash

    WOODLAWN — A single-vehicle crash on June 18 at 4:35 p.m. saw one person transported to a medical facility, according to Virginia State Trooper R.B. Phipps.

    A 1989 Ford F250 driven by a juvenile on McGee Road in Woodlawn ran off the right side of the road, went into a creek, crossed it and hit the opposite bank, said Phipps. The female passenger was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital by Laurel Rescue.

    The truck was totaled, said Phipps, who could not yet discuss possible charges.

    He said intoxicants were not a factor.

  • Nester commits to N.C State

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County pitcher Sydney Nester has barely advanced past her first year of high school, but the 15-year-old phenom is pretty certain where she wants to be in her first year in college.

    Nester, the hard-throwing freshman who helped lead the Cavaliers to the Group 4A state softball championship June 13, made a verbal commitment to attend North Carolina State, capping a three-week period of time that has been nothing short of the stuff of dreams.

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  • School, county leaders move past recent strife

    The past several months have been anything but easy for Grayson County Schools, but in recent weeks we have finally started to see some relief in terms of budget solutions.

  • Carnival goes through June 27

    This year’s Galax Fire Department Carnival is underway through Saturday in Felts Park.

    Gates open at 5 p.m. and the carnival and bingo will start at 6 p.m.

    Bingo will be held every night from 6 p.m. until closing, with a 50 percent payout each game. There will be a $1,000 championship game on June 27 for qualifying players.

    There will also be a $300 nightly cash drawing at 11 p.m. with one entry per paid adult gate ticket.

    Fireworks will be held on June 27 at 11 p.m.

  • Scholarship to benefit Grayson youth

    Taylor Pauley’s dream was to some day play in the major leagues. In his memory, hopes are that countless Grayson County boys will get a boost playing in their local leagues.