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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 4/6/15

    Deserving better
    I cannot express enough my disappointment with Grayson County Schools’ central office administration. Our students deserve so much better than anyone looking out for their own financial well-being. Put our tax dollars to good use by keeping quality teachers and building-level administrators in place. Not by deepening the pockets of the highest paid individuals in the school system. If our school board allows this to happen, it is a shame and very disappointing.

    School decisions

  • Third phase of U.S. 58 work underway in Carroll

    LAUREL FORK — Representatives from Branch Highways Inc. are discussing this year’s plans for the Route 58 Corridor Development Program.

    Since 2004, Branch has led the development, design and construction improvements on three phases of expansion for the 36 miles from Hillsville to Stuart as part of an agreement between the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) under the Public Private Transportation Act.

    The U.S. 58 project was intended to create a “Super 58,” a four-lane expressway from Hampton Roads to Interstate 77.

  • Woman pleads guilty to embezzling from law firm

    ABINGDON – Patricia Ethel Chinault, 72, of Apopka, Fla., pleaded guilty to embezzling approximately $1 million from a Carroll County law firm on March 17, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Abingdon.

    Chinault previously lived in Carroll County and worked as a bookkeeper for the law firm. After she moved to Florida in 2009, Chinault continued to provide bookkeeping services for the firm.

  • Man charged with defrauding coyote bounty program

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man has been charged for allegedly collecting bounty money on coyotes killed outside Grayson County.

    According to Grayson General District Court records, James Edward Lawrence, 32, was charged by Game Warden Jason Harris with fraud (obtaining money by false pretense in excess of $200).

    For the past several months, the Grayson Board of Supervisors has been operating a bounty program for coyotes. According to county records, 238 coyotes have been turned in for the $40 bounty.

  • Caviness held for abduction, assault

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville man faces charges of abduction, domestic assault and brandishing a firearm after allegedly trapping his wife inside their house during a domestic dispute.

  • Clearing up the First Amendment

    There is often confusion about what the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution actually protects.

    Among other protections, it prohibits the government from making laws that infringe on freedom of speech or freedom of the press. The government can’t tell you what to say or not say, nor can it tell a newspaper what to publish.

    However, this does not apply to a private company or group, nor to an online forum or a reader comments section. It only applies if the government is doing the prohibiting.

  • Crash on Country Club leaves one fatality

    According to a press release issued by the Galax Police Department, at 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, Galax police were called to a motor vehicle crash on Country Club Lane, south of Woodland Avenue.

  • Historical society receives donations for Allen house

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Historical Society and supporters of the Sidna Allen House met at the historic Carroll County Courthouse on Wednesday to announce donations totaling $14,000 for a fund dedicated to the preservation of the landmark home.

    During the event, society members and donors discussed the status and future plans for the Sidna Allen home, located on U.S. 52 south of Hillsville.

  • Grayson gets unit for drug disposal

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — If you need to dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs or other medications, Grayson County officials encourage you to use a special collection bin installed last week in the main front lobby area of the sheriff’s office.

    The steel drop box is one of 1,000 being awarded to police departments around the country through a joint program of CVS/pharmacy and The Partnership at Drugfree.org.

  • VDOT adds cameras on dangerous I-77 section

    The Virginia Department of Transportation has added 15 new traffic cameras on Interstate 77 to its 511Virginia.org travel information system and will add nine more in coming months.

    The cameras’ views can be seen online at the 511Virginia.org website, which provides live information about road conditions and traffic congestion.

    The cameras’ locations on I-77 are between the North Carolina state line and mile marker 14 in Carroll County.