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Today's News

  • Baywood, Fairview schools recognized

    Baywood and Fairview Elementary Schools were both recognized recently, as a result of their continued improvement as reflected by Standards of Learning (SOL) scores.

  • Free clinic offers services to eligible Grayson residents

    INDEPENDENCE — The Mel Leaman Free Clinic at Emory and Henry College in Marion, is reaching out to the Grayson County community with its expanding range of services.

  • Car chase cases seen in Carroll Court

    HILLSVILLE — Two cases involving car chases, one from late last year and one from early this year, were seen in the Carroll County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
    The case of Kevin Nelson Beasley, 27, of Austinville, the subject of a three-day manhunt, was continued until February 21 in the Carroll County Circuit Court on Tuesday, according to the Carroll County Circuit Court Clerk’s office. He was initially set to enter a guilty plea on Tuesday.

  • Hall contests Hendrick for school board seat

    Virgil Hall is running against incumbent Sandy Hendrick for the Laurel Fork seat on the Carroll County School Board. In his own words, he described why he feels he’s a good fit for the position.
    “I’ve lived in Carroll County all my life,” said Hall, who along with his son and grandson, is a graduate of Carroll County High School. After 30 years with VDOT, said Hall, he now owns and operates a small business, Hall’s Excavating and Hauling.

  • Dalton's celebrate 50th anniversary

    Larry Randall Dalton and Virginia Lois Goad Dalton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home on Snake Creek Road, Hillsville, on Oct. 14.

    They were married at Indian Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Mount Airy, N.C., by the Rev. Harmon Heath.
    They have two children, Dede and Ashley and five grandchildren.
    Their marriage has survived coaching 3,080 basketball games and supervising the production of 35 year books. They pretend to listen intently to each other daily.

  • United in marriage

    Daniel and Rachel Kirchner were united in marriage Sept. 18 in Galax.

  • He's eight

    Braeden Hunter Ward turned 8 years old on June 26. He celebrated with a Lego Batman Pool Party at Grayson Rec Park.

    He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence. He has three younger brothers: Levi, Luke and Grayson. Braeden’s grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley, and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward, and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Public record for 11/1/17 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in June in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Burglary suspect among those indicted

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE – Twenty-five suspects accused of 39 drug violations and other charges were indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that convened last Friday.

    Among those charged was Scott Eugene Hampton of Galax, who was indicted for statutory burglary, felonious damage to property, possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a violent felony, grand larceny of a firearm and larceny with the intent to sell stolen property.

  • Riding out the storm

    FRIES — Miranda Funk was determined to get home.

    She’d heard the warnings about a tornado, but those things don’t happen here, she told herself.

    She pointed her silver Pontiac van homeward to Opossum Hollow Lane in Fries on Oct. 23 as winds lashed the trees and sent sheets of rain horizontally across her path.

    Almost to her driveway, Funk encountered a most unlikely tornado.