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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.

  • Farmer, Tucker exchange vows

    Brittany Leigh Farmer and Charles Richard Tucker were united in marriage May 22, 2015, at Claytor Lake by the Rev. Elvis Poole.
    The bride is the daughter of John and Jennifer Farmer. She is the granddaughter of Edward and the late Iva Farmer, Howard and Zollie Easter and the great-granddaughter of Opal Robinson.

    She is a 2010 graduate of Grayson County High School.
    The groom is the son of Donald and Janette Tucker of Calhoun County, W.Va.
    He is employed with Utility Trailers, Marion.

  • Testerman turns 90

    Frances Testerman of Elk Creek celebrated her 90th birthday, May 17 with family and friends at the home of her daughter, Hilda Sutherland in Comers Rock.

    She has three other children, Wayne Osborne, Grey Osborne and Janet Farmer. Her only living sibling, Gordie Anderson and wife Natalie, were present from Indiana. She was born May 19, 1925, in Grubbs Chapel.

  • Public record for 6/24/15 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Oct. 15-29 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • 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.

  • Readers Hotline 6/24/15

    Holes to fill
    Whoever is responsible for upkeep at the entrance to the Galax end of the New River Trail needs to do some much-needed maintenance. There are two large potholes at the entrance that can damage a car. It’s embarrassing for out of town visitors to see a parking lot in such poor condition. Especially since they charge such a large parking fee.

    Important class

  • Taylor pleads guilty to drug charge

    ROANOKE — A Grayson County man entered a guilty plea to charges involving the distribution of methamphetamine in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke on June 1.
    Ronald Dean Taylor, 54, of Whitetop, was charged by grand jury indictment on March 12, along with Erika Elena Ortiz and Olivia Marisol Moreno, with conspiracy to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine, a Schedule II drug. Indictments detailed six incidents beginning in or around the summer of 2014 through December 2014.