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Today's News

  • Public record for 8/13/14 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.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded in February in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Joshua Dean Billings of Sparta, N.C., and Morgen Brittany Keith, 26, Ennice, N.C.

  • Fries Fiddlers' Convention starts Aug. 15 at new venue

    FRIES – Now that the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention is over, it’s time to move on to Fries for the Old Fiddlers Convention sponsored by the Fries Volunteer Fire Department.

    This year’s convention, the 47th annual, gets underway Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at the old Providence School. This is the first convention at the old school site. It has been held at the Fries Ball Park in years past.

  • Jones gets new trial date in murder case

    INDEPENDENCE — Matthew Steven Jones, who faces a first-degree murder charge, was granted a new trial date by Grayson County Circuit Court Judge Brett Geisler during an appearance last Friday.

    His jury trial was originally set for Sept. 10, 11 and 13, but it was changed to Nov. 19-21.

    He is represented by Hillsville attorney Karen Boyer.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts four

    INDEPENDENCE — Indictments against four suspects that were sealed by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury have been opened.

    The grand jury met July 25 and sealed several indictments. They were unsealed after the warrants were served.

    According to court records:

    • Colt Andrew Matthews, 29, of Galax, was indicted on two counts of aggravated sexual battery and two misdemeanor accounts of assault on a family member.

  • 2014 Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention Winners

    BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMER

    Eddie Bond - Fries

    OLD-TIME FIDDLE

    1. Eddie Bond, Galax

    2. Jake Krack - St. Albans, W.Va.

    3. Tessa Dillon - St. Albans, W.Va.

    4. Kilby Spencer - Galax

    5. Joe Furtado - Front Royal

    6. Kitty Amaral - Elk Creek

    7. Corrina Logston - Nashville, Tenn.

    8. Nate Leath - Charlottesville

    9. Richard Bowman - Mount Airy, N.C.

    10. Erika Testerman - Lansing, N.C.

    DOBRO

  • Truck hits local home, causes no fatalities

    WOODLAWN — A delivery truck headed west towards Galax on U.S 58 swerved off the road and hit a private home, causing structural damage but no fatalities, according to Virginia State Police.

    No one was home at the time, and no injuries were reported. The driver, who state police identified as Donald Wayne Goode, was ambulatory at the scene of the accident.

    State police and the Galax Volunteer Fire Department were summoned to 6764 Carrollton Pike in the Midway Heights community for the incident, which occurred at 10:10 a.m. Monday.

  • United Way agencies unite

    The United Way of Southwest Virginia and United Way Virginia Highlands merged on Aug. 6.

    The new, larger agency will be called United Way of Southwest Virginia and includes all the localities in both groups’ territories.

    The United Way Virginia Highlands covered Carroll and Grayson counties and the city of Galax, as well as Bland, Buchanan, Russell, Smyth, Tazewell and Washington counties. The original United Way of Southwest Virginia covered Dickenson, Wise and Scott counties and Norton.

  • Four youths injured in Carroll crash

    A 15-year-old juvenile has been charged in connection with a single-vehicle accident involving himself and three other underage passengers.

    Police received a call to Pleasantview Road (Route 743) in Carroll County at 9 p.m. on Aug. 2. According to a police report filed by Virginia State Police Trooper Dean Horton, the 15-year-old was operating a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup when he ran off the road to the right, traveled back across the road to the left, and then ran off the road again to the right and struck a tree.

  • Carroll has nation's first agricultural STEM lab

    HILLSVILLE — Just in time for the fall semester, Carroll County High School opened the doors to its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Lab for agriculture — the first in the nation of its kind — on Aug. 6.

    Carroll County has deep roots in the field of agriculture, with farm production and agriculture providing the largest economic sector. According to a news release from the county, this project has been one of the many agricultural efforts supported by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

  • Convention a passport to lost musical territory

    California-born music writer and critic Greil Marcus once used the term “old, weird America” to refer to the sound of the songs collected on the popular and enduring “Anthology of American Folk Music.”

    The anthology itself was created by another West Coast native, Harry E. Smith, who compiled the three-album set with every American blues, folk and country song he could find. He teased out ballads, “social music” and just plain songs.