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Today's News

  • Sheriff cautioned school of potential danger

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A 2012 incident in Grayson County schools still causes concern for many parents, and a letter obtained by a citizens’ group shows those concerns were shared by the sheriff’s office, as well.

    The situation involved a Grayson County High School student who allegedly made a “homicidal threat” to another student and was reportedly seen with a knife at school, according to a letter from Sheriff Richard Vaughan to Grayson Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant on Nov. 8, 2012.

  • WCC names new president

    RICHMOND – Dr. Dean E. Sprinkle of Statesville, N.C., will become the next president at Wytheville Community College, announced Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Sprinkle will begin his new post July 1, replacing retiring president Charlie White.

    “Dr Sprinkle will be a tremendous fit for Wytheville Community College,” DuBois said in making the appointment. “He has built an impressive career of academic leadership and I’m looking forward to seeing the next chapter of that unfold here in Virginia.”

  • School board should take county's offer

    You hear a lot this time of year about the stress students are being put through as they take state tests; about the anxiety and sleepless nights as they worry about their future.

    This year, in Grayson County, the teachers and staff are the ones concerned about their fates as the school system tries to find a way to balance a budget while faced with a funding shortfall.

  • Fuller Center to host wall build

    HILLSVILLE - The Fuller Center of Housing - Greater Carroll County Area, in cooperation with Crossroads Missions, will host a first-ever "Wall Build" event on May 2. Beginning at 8 a.m., volunteers will gather in the Hillsville VFW building, where they will build nearly 60 walls for a local home in just a few hours.

  • Oakland students receive fire safety training

    Oakland Elementary School students received fire safety training from members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters spent the day teaching students all aspects of fire safety.

    Each homeroom toured the fire department’s mobile command center and prevention unit, and students saw a demonstration of firefighter safety gear and a pumper truck. Each student participated in a simulated fire and escape from the mobile unit.

    The students were given homework to discuss a family plan with their parents.

  • Supervisor to run for school board

    INDEPENDENCE — John Brewer announced on Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to the Providence District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors. Instead, he intends to run for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board in the Nov. 3 election.

    Gary Burris, who holds the at-large seat on the school board now, has not yet filed to seek re-election.

  • Police: dangers lurking online

    HILLSVILLE — It was just a harmless chat with a nice kid, or at least that’s what Danielle thought when she met who she thought was a teenage boy online.

    Danielle didn’t have internet at home, but she routinely used her mother’s phone to call her friends when she got home from school. One day, she noticed that her mother’s phone company had added internet to her plan without her mother’s knowledge, so she took advantage of her phone time and signed into a social network.

  • Shooting suspect will need new attorney

    HILLSVILLE — Christopher Duncan, who faces two attempted second-degree murder charges and multiple other charges in the 2014 shooting of Marty Lee Hiatt, will need to find a new attorney for his case.

    Duncan, who was scheduled for a plea hearing on Tuesday morning, appeared in Carroll County Circuit Court with his defense attorney, Randy Jones, who addressed Judge Brett Geisler with a motion to withdraw from the case.

  • Two charged in thefts from hotel room, vehicle

    On April 20, Galax police responded to the Knights Inn Motel on West Stuart Drive in the city, where a room had been forcibly entered and items taken from within.

    According to a report from the Galax Police Department, on the same day, officers received a report of a vehicle that had been entered and had items stolen from it while parked in the Knights Inn Motel lot.

  • Readers Hotline 4/22/15

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