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Today's News

  • PLAYOFF PRIMER - Week 2

    Have game, will travel (take 2)

    Some hefty road trips once again are in store for a few teams in this week’s second-round playoff games, topped by Buckingham County’s 268-mile, 4 hour and 31-minute trip to Gate City.

  • PH rebels against old guard

    When the Region 1A West playoff pairings were officially announced the weekend following the conclusion of the regular season, the greater part of Galax’s football fan base probably looked ahead to the second round, where there appeared to be an imminent rematch with Clintwood, a first crack at the team that denied the Maroon Tide a state championship back in 2011’s Division 1 title game.

  • Readers Hotline 11/19/14

    Carolina got it right
    It’s a shame the Virginia voters haven’t found out the reality like the North Carolina voters did and voted out Democrats and put Republicans in power. You keep throwing good money after bad, or either the freeloaders and dead people are voting.

    Charge disputed

  • Parents: attendance policy not reasonable

    INDEPENDENCE – Changes are needed to the Grayson County School Division’s attendance policy, according to a set of parents who feel like their right to decide whether to send their children to school has been taken away from them.

    Amy and Timothy Donley – parents of two Grayson County students – both approached the school board during its regular meeting this month to request the division to take a look at its attendance policy and consider some updates.

  • Thieves take bait, steal ATV with tracking device

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    WHITETOP — Two men have been arrested after they allegedly took an all-terrain vehicle that was being used as bait by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.

    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said after several ATVs were stolen in the western end of Grayson County in the spring, his officers came up with a plan to catch the thieves. Suspects in those cases were arrested and are still in custody, but officers kept the bait ATV in the field.

  • Police using Facebook to find fugitives

    HILLSVILLE — Local authorities are partnering with the community through social media to locate and apprehend criminals on a number of offenses, ranging from failure to appear in court to violent criminal acts.

  • Welcome to Hampton Valley

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    It’s not unusual for Grayson County folks to go to great lengths to preserve their rich Appalachian heritage, and Grayson’s Baywood community offers a good example of this.

    One man there is building a monument-like sign that announces the name the community had before officials decided to rename it, a name change many never embraced because it ignores the family who originally settled the area – the Hamptons.

  • Public record for 11/19/14 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 15-21 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Tractor-trailer crashes on I-77

    State police responded to the scene of a single vehicle accident on Monday, when a tractor-trailer jackknifed in the northbound lane of Interstate 77.

    According to a police report from Virginia State Police Trooper S.E. Kinney, the accident occurred at approximately 7:25 a.m. on I-77 northbound, at mile marker 22.2, about a mile and a half south of Exit 24. Darrell E. Finkley, 48, of Rocky Mount, N.C., was driving a 2014 Freighter tractor-trailer in the right-hand lane, when he lost control of the vehicle.

  • Carroll, Grayson, Galax runners post strong finishes at state meets

    THE PLAINS –– In addition to the state championship won by Galax’s boys, the Maroon Tide girls as well as runners from Carroll County and Grayson County posted strong finishes in their respective state meets at the Great Meadows cross country course Friday and Saturday.