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Today's News

  • Nelson, Childress to marry

    Gregory and Rebecca Nelson of Baywood announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Nelson, of Kingsport, Tenn., to Allen Childress of Shawsville, son of Marty and Sue Childress of Shawsville.

    The bride-to-be was graduated from Grayson County High School in 2007, from Emory & Henry College in 2011, and from Virginia Tech in 2013. She is a statistician at Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport.

  • Pubilc record for 04/01/15 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 in August of 2014 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Special health insurance enrollment now open

    Commonwealth Covered, a project sponsored through Enroll Virginia, is offering free assistance to individuals who are interested in signing up for healthcare during a special enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace.

    “Between March 15 and April 30, there is an open window for individuals who paid a penalty this year, to sign up for coverage for 2015,” said Tahsin Anwar, a volunteer through Commonwealth Covered.

  • More students bring more money to Galax schools

    While school systems in neighboring counties are dealing with lost funds due to drops in student population, Galax is seeing the opposite.

    The Galax School Board last month asked the city to amend the 2015 fiscal year education budget to show an increase of $237,140 in state and federal funding.

    Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill told Galax City Council members at their March 9 meeting that the division received more money than it budgeted for, due to having more students than anticipated.

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  • Supervisor puts own money into coyote bounty fund

    INDEPENDENCE – With funds exhausted for a controversial bounty on coyotes in Grayson County, one supervisor took it upon himself to donate additional funds in hopes that other citizens will follow-suit.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet notified supervisors by memo earlier this month that only $480 of the budgeted $10,000 remained.

  • Carroll grand jury issues 22 indictments

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County grand jury issued 22 direct indictments against 10 individuals on March 16.

    After an investigation going back almost two years, William Michael Hazelwood Sr., 37, was indicted on two counts of statutory burglary, grand larceny, larceny of a firearm and destruction of property.

    According to the indictments, Hazelwood allegedly broke into two separate Carroll County homes in the daytime, with the intent to commit larceny.

  • Free clinic reopening in Galax

    Those seeking help from the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties lately have called only to hear a message that, due to financial difficulties, the institution was closed.

    However, according to Jonathan Sweet, who acts as president of the clinic’s board of directors, the clinic is reopening on April 7 and will resume serving the community’s medical needs as before.

  • Coyote killing program a waste of money

    Editor’s note: This week’s guest editorial is by Kathy Dowell of Galax, who has been an outspoken critic of Grayson County’s coyote bounty program, and a “killing contest” that rewards the hunter who turns in the most dead coyotes. After the program recently ran out of its first $5,000 allocation, county supervisors put $5,000 more into it. With that money gone now, too, one supervisor has donated his own money to the fund and the county is asking citizens to donate prize money, too.

  • Deer harvest declines 22% from 2013

    RICHMOND –– While Virginia deer and turkey harvests reflected a decline from last year, the black bear harvest shows record numbers as the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) released deer, bear and turkey harvest numbers for the fall/winter hunting season.

    A bumper crop of acorns across the state coupled with management actions to meet population objectives and some higher than normal disease mortality all factored into fluctuations in populations and harvest trends.