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Today's News

  • Renovations part of 2016 Grayson school plan

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board held its first meeting of 2016 last week, where members looked ahead to projects for the new year that include renovations to the high school and other facilities.

    Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore shared a presentation with the board at the Jan. 11 meeting, outlining several projects for the upcoming year and previewing school budget meeting dates.

  • Galax man facing indecent liberties charge

    Staff Report

    Jose Elias Sanchez-Menjivar, 21, of Galax, was arrested Jan. 12 at 8:15 a.m. by Officer A.M. Burnett, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark. Menjivar is alleged to have had inappropriate sexual contact with a minor child.

    A parent brought the child to the police department on the arrest date, according to a police report.

    Sanchez-Menjivar was charged with a felony (taking indecent liberties with a child) and three misdemeanors (assault and battery, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and sexual battery).

  • Judge: GOP can require 'loyalty oath' in primary

    Landmark News Service

    A federal judge’s ruling Thursday in Richmond clears the way for state election officials to send out absentee ballots that include a Republican loyalty pledge.

    Judge Hannah Lauck denied a request for a preliminary injunction blocking the use of the loyalty pledge in Virginia’s March 1 GOP presidential primary.

    The ruling was issued one day after Lauck heard arguments in her courtroom.

    Virginia does not register voters by party and allows anyone to participate in a primary election.

  • Car hits house, wreck results in DUI charge

    Staff Report

    A single-vehicle accident resulted in a DUI arrest on Jan. 11, when Officer Drew Burnett was dispatched to the intersection of Parkwood Drive and McArthur Street in Galax, according to a Galax Police Department report.

    A 2012 GMC SUV driven by Regina Leigh Ayers, 42, of Galax, left the road, struck the home of Debbie Baker-Puckett and appeared to knock the foundation in approximately one inch, the report said. Ayers then allegedly backed off the house and into the front porch, also destroying a boxwood bush.

  • Snow causes single-vehicle crash

    A single-vehicle accident this morning left one person with unknown injuries, according to Galax Police Officer Mark Burnett.

    First responders were dispatched at 9:13 a.m. today to a single-vehicle wreck on South Main Street near the Pipers Gap intersection for an SUV that had run off the road.

    “She was traveling south on South Main Street. It was slick [from snow], and she started spinning, came off the road, went down the embankment, the vehicle flipped over on its side into a stump.”

  • State code discovery disqualifies Carroll IDA members

    HILLSVILLE – A state code oversight has left the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) short two long-time members and halted operations for the time being.

  • Head Start opens new center in Independence

    INDEPENDENCE — Town and county officials recently joined members of Rooftop of Virginia Community Action Program at Independence Elementary School to celebrate the grand opening of the school’s new Head Start program.

  • Legislators expect to find common ground in 2016 session

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Leaders in both political parties said they expect to find common ground, especially in writing a new two-year budget, when the 140 lawmakers of the Virginia General Assembly convened Wednesday for the 2016 session.

  • Murder charges filed in dog attack death

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — The babysitters whose dog killed an infant in their care last week now face second-degree murder charges, in addition to felony child neglect.

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office filed the new charges on Wednesday after an investigation of the Jan. 6 incident, which resulted in the death of 15-month-old Payton Lyrik Sawyers.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/13/16

    Harsher penalties
    I saw Obama on the news wanting to take away our gun rights and doing an executive order. It ought to be against the law to kill somebody. I think it is. The problem is, you are just slapping them on the wrist when they commit a felony with a gun. Give them 20 years in jail and don’t let them out and see if it will get better.

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