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Today's News

  • Jones to be sentenced for murder conviction

    INDEPENDENCE — Matthew Steven Jones, 36, found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, has been scheduled for a sentencing hearing in January.

    Jones was found guilty by a jury after a three-day trial at Grayson Circuit Court last week.

    Proceedings began on Nov. 19 and ended after 10 p.m. on Nov. 21.

    According to evidence, George, 33, was strangled to death and her body was dumped by a road in Fries. She was missing for nearly a month.

  • Merchants concerned over parade plans

    HILLSVILLE — Downtown merchants expressed their concern to the Hillsville Town Council earlier this month after hearing about several changes that have been made to this year’s Christmas celebration.

    In previous years, the annual event began with the Christmas parade at 4 p.m., followed by the tree lighting ceremony. However, this year’s plan includes a later start date, with the tree lighting slated for 5:15 p.m., followed by the parade at 6 p.m.

  • Police: witness drove stolen car to court

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — While a Galax man was in court testifying in a murder case last week, police in Independence discovered that the car he drove to court was stolen from West Virginia.

    Now, two Galax residents are facing charges.

    Independence Police Chief James Wagoner said he was investigating a suspicious vehicle call at the Independence Post Office on Nov. 20 when he observed a man and woman walking in that area.

  • Mitchell named Carroll Teacher of the Year

    HILLSVILLE — Frederick L. Mitchell, a chemistry teacher at Carroll County High School, has been named the school system’s Teacher of the Year for 2014.

    Mitchell was surprised with the award during class on Nov. 14, just a few days after he and the other nominees were recognized at the Carroll School Board’s Nov. 11 meeting. “They showed up with [the award] and some treats for me and my students to all enjoy,” he said on Monday.

  • Christmas food fund taking donations

    The Galax Community Christmas Food Fund is kicking off it annual activities.

    Spearheaded by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, the fund helps the public provide holiday food staples for needy families.

    The goal is to raise $30,000 to purchase two food boxes for 550 less fortunate families in the area. For many years, this effort was handled by the Galax Y’s Men’s Club; the fire department has now taken on the project.

  • Public record for 11/26/14 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 May 22-30 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers Hotline 11/24/14

    Shut the lid

  • Tide earns rematch with Haysi

    Galax closed its regular season with five straight wins by putting up some impressive point totals, averaging 45 points per game over that span. Thanks to a defense that has gotten into to the scoring act in the postseason, ‘impressive’ has evolved into ridiculous.

  • Legislators get closer look at CCHS innovations

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board and two state legislators met to discuss the upcoming year’s budget and other issues over breakfast at the Carroll County High School library on Nov. 14, and toured the school’s robotics lab and innovative new lab dedicated to science, technology, engineering, math and agriculture.

  • Grayson to borrow $40,000 for water project

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to borrow $40,000 to complete a project replacing lead-based water meters that officials describe as obsolete.

    The vote came during the supervisors regular monthly meeting Nov. 13 and did not include supervisors John Brewer or David Sexton, neither of whom attended the meeting.