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Today's News

  • Public record for 2/4/15 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in July in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • School reform plan targets tests, funding

    Virginia school superintendents recently announced a comprehensive plan for education reform, and it gets a passing grade from local school chiefs.

    The plan sets new expectations for public schools, as well as what is expected of the governor, the General Assembly and the State Board of Education; parents, students and educators; businesses and local governments; and the public.

  • Elk Creek collision sends two to hospital

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    ELK CREEK — A two-vehicle Grayson County crash sent two to the hospital on Jan. 28.

    The 12:30 p.m. Elk Creek Parkway (U.S. 21) wreck occurred when a 2014 Kia Soul driven by Ronald K. Garrett, 69, of Crockett, attempted to pass a 1977 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Wanda Galyean Wampler, 76, of Galax, according to a report by Virginia State Police Trooper D.A. Phipps.

  • HVFD receives grant to replace fire truck

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department received a $3,500 grant from Walmart to assist in the replacement of a fire truck lost to a crash and the implementation of a new honor guard.

    Galax Walmart manager Todd Taylor and Community Involvement Coordinator Pam Chamberlain presented the check to Fire Chief Donnie Spangler on Jan. 9.

  • Valentine’s Day haunt planned at old jailhouse

    HILLSVILLE — The mysterious tenants of Hillsville’s Night Watch Haunt are back and ready to celebrate the holidays in a way that will live in the community’s nightmares long after the stuffed animals, cards and chocolate go on clearance at the store.

  • Immobile, Adams was far from unmoving

    Tommy Adams spent the last 40 years of his life paralyzed from the neck down, other than having very limited control of his right hand. In his own way, he took pity on the rest of us.

  • CCSO plans annual Basketball Classic

    HILLSVILLE –– Few basketball teams devote eight months out of the year to practice, but the athletes of Carroll County Special Olympics do so every year on Sunday afternoons at the Woodlawn School gym.

  • Galax loses longtime fan Tommy Adams

    Longtime Galax High School and Twin County sports fan Tommy Adams passed away Wednesday at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was 54.

  • Carroll denied first district win in OT loss to C’burg

    HILLSVILLE – For the Carroll County boys, the final shot of regulation last Friday night was a nightmare while for Christiansburg, it was a miracle.

    There was 3.5 seconds left in the game and the Cavaliers clinging to a three point lead at 64-61 when Matthew Herndon was fouled and went to the foul line for two shots. He had made a basket full of free throws throughout the game but this time he missed both.

  • Carroll girls wallop Demons

    HILLSVILLE – It took the Carroll County girls a quarter to get rolling but once they put their offense in gear they rolled over Christiansburg 54-26 in a River Ridge District game last Friday night.

    The Blue Demons (3-14, 0-8 RR) kept the game close in the first quarter and trailed 10-7 at the end of the period.

    The Cavaliers took a five point lead early in the second period on a basket by Jade Holt but the Demons battled back and tied the score at 12.