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Today's News

  • Carnival goes through June 27

    This year’s Galax Fire Department Carnival is underway through Saturday in Felts Park.

    Gates open at 5 p.m. and the carnival and bingo will start at 6 p.m.

    Bingo will be held every night from 6 p.m. until closing, with a 50 percent payout each game. There will be a $1,000 championship game on June 27 for qualifying players.

    There will also be a $300 nightly cash drawing at 11 p.m. with one entry per paid adult gate ticket.

    Fireworks will be held on June 27 at 11 p.m.

  • Scholarship to benefit Grayson youth

    Taylor Pauley’s dream was to some day play in the major leagues. In his memory, hopes are that countless Grayson County boys will get a boost playing in their local leagues.

  • Carroll duo headline all-4A team

    Rick Nester is a lifelong baseball man who has been coaching varsity softball for three years. Sydney Nester is a ninth-grader who has been playing varsity softball for all of three months.

    Both have found their relatively new surroundings much to their liking.

    Though the two Nesters aren’t related genetically, they are inexorably linked competitively, having been named the Group 4A state player of the year and coach of the year, as announced this week by the Virginia High School League.

  • 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.