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Today's News

  • Suspect in officer assault, chase indicted

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 27 people on a total of 40 charges on Oct. 28, and returned several sealed indictments that will be opened at a later date, after those named have been served with warrants.

    Among those indicted was Lee Johnson Smith, 31, of Dugspur, who is charged with eluding police, disregarding a command to stop and assault on a law enforcement officer (Cpl. T.R. Jefferson of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department).

  • Committee hears training center concerns

    HILLSVILLE – A public hearing was held Oct. 27 regarding the fate of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center. A special joint subcommittee of the Virginia Senate Finance Committee came to Hillsville to tour the facility and host a public hearing to hear comments from citizens and local officials.

  • Robinson, Hamm exchange vows

    Randy Hamm, son of Wilma and Bill Fitzgerald and Linda Robinson, daughter of Edgar and Pauline Jones were united in marriage Oct. 1 at Eastlake Community Church in Moneta.

    The best man was Ken Howell and Julie Copley was maid of honor.
    A reception was held at Liberty Station in Bedford and also at the Blue Ridge Hog Club House in Lynchburg.
     

  • Public record for 11/2/16 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in March in the Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Anderson is one of four candidates for board

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE —Tracy A. “Zeke” Anderson, one of four candidates campaigning to fill the Grayson County School Board’s at-large member seat, hopes to provide a voice for the students, parents and teachers in the Grayson County school system if he is elected.

  • Police: driver likely asleep at wheel before crash

    Staff Report

    CANA – A North Carolina man fell asleep at the wheel, resulting in a single vehicle crash in Cana on Oct. 26.

    According to Trooper S.M. Phillips with the Virginia State Police, authorities were dispatched to Route 52 at Route 927 (Split Rail Road) beside the Cana Rescue Building at 9:25 p.m.

    Phillips said that a 1997 Nissan pickup was traveling south when it ran off the righthand side of the road, overturned and came to rest in a field on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

  • Readers Hotline 10/31/16

    Smells too sweet
    I’m calling regarding women’s perfume. I was at a public meeting and a lady wore such strong perfume, I sat across the room and I could taste it. That is too strong. That is too much to wear. Please, be more considerate of people around you and people with allergies. Think twice before applying so much perfume.

    Reasons to leave

  • Davis seeks at-large seat on school board

    James Morgan Davis, a candidate in the four-way race for the Grayson County School Board’s at-large member seat, hopes to pay it forward to the citizens if he is chosen on Nov. 8.

  • Two indicted for murder in fatal dog mauling

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Two Grayson County residents were indicted on second-degree murder and other charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury last Friday.

    The charges involve the death of 15-month-old Payton Lyrik Sawyers, who was killed by the couple’s dog.

    John Terry Underwood II, 51, was indicted on three charges, including failure to contain a vicious dog resulting in serious human injury; abuse or child neglect; and murder in the second-degree.

  • Hillsville will buy two new police cars

    HILLSVILLE — The Town of Hillsville has approved a financing agreement with Carter Bank & Trust to buy two new police cars.

    The lease-purchase agreement, which has a 1.5 percent interest rate, is for $58,271 and will pay for two 2016 Dodge Chargers. The new cars will replace older vehicles.

    Town Manager Retta Jackson told town council members at their Oct. 24 meeting that this is the second phase of a new vehicle purchase for the police department. Hillsville bought two other cars in June, for a total of $57,000.