Today's News

  • Public record for 7/20/16 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.

    Circuit Court
    These sentences were recorded in September 2015 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Behind the scenes with the BBQ Kings

    Teams roll into downtown Galax for Smoke on the Mountain starting Thursday afternoon, like an army setting up camp before a major, if very festive, battle.

    Among the veterans of this particular challenge are Kings Cooking from Shelby, N.C. According to Smoke’s chief organizer, Ron Passmore, the team has been involved since the beginning, and their presence was a large part of why the competition took off 12 years ago.

    This year’s Smoke was held July 15-16.

  • Carroll proposes utility rate increases

    At the July 11 Carroll County Public Service Authority meeting, the PSA set a public hearing on Sept. 12 to hear comments on increases to residential and commercial water and sewer rates.

    “If we do not raise our water rates to some level, we will not be eligible for grants,” said authority member Tom Littrell.

    The meeting will take place at the Carroll Board of Supervisors’ conference room on the second floor of the Carroll County Complex (the site of regular PSA meetings) at 3 p.m.

  • Six vehicles involved in interstate crash

    Staff Reports

    A six-vehicle accident at the 5 mile marker of Interstate 77 southbound on July 12 at 1:30 p.m. resulted in one man being transported for treatment with injuries and hefty damage to the vehicles, but no casualties, according to Virginia State Trooper J.A. Vaughan.

  • Police: moped driver hit by car was on wrong side of road

    A two-vehicle accident Sunday on Davis Knob Road at 3:30 p.m. resulted in one person being airlifted for treatment of unknown injuries, said Virginia State Trooper R.B. Phipps.

    Chad Eric Montgomery, 37, of Ennice, N.C., was driving a moped on Davis Knob Road in the oncoming lane, on the wrong side of the road, when he came around a curve and struck a 2003 Ford Explorer driven by Sandra Hayes Fairfull, 65, of Galax, said Phipps.

  • Man dies after being struck on I-77

    Staff Report

    WYTHEVILLE – An Austinville man has died as a result of an accident that occurred on Interstate 77 on July 15. The man was attempting to cross the interstate on foot when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

  • Readers Hotline 7/18/16

    Follow the leader
    I just wanted to give all the local police officers a little notice. If you see me doing 80 mph in a school zone, do not pull me over and give me a ticket. After all, I am not doing this intentionally and I don’t have a willful disregard for the law. I am just in a big hurry to get to my daughter’s house. We need to talk about her wedding and yoga classes and things like that. And, officers, if you don’t understand, just go ask a prosecutor. Right now the prosecutor is meeting with my husband. She will explain it to you.

  • Harper murder case won't proceed

    INDEPENDENCE ― George Albert Harper III, who was charged with first-degree murder in the 2002 shooting death of Brandon Billings, has pleaded guilty to two counts of perjury for giving conflicting testimony to Grayson County grand juries.

    As a result, the prosecution will not go forward with the murder charge against Harper and a charge for using a firearm in commission of a felony was amended to reflect one of the two perjury charges.

  • Lodge for sale as Galax Elks downsize

    Prospective commercial property buyers checking out local listings aren’t imagining things: the Galax Elks Lodge #2212 building is for sale.

    However, noted Elks Exalted Leader Jim Ward with a chuckle, the group as such has no plans to fade away.

    “We just have the building available if anyone’s looking,” said Ward. “We’re going to build a new building. We have plenty of land behind [the current site]. We just don’t need as much space.”

  • Simultaneous wrecks block I-77 traffic

    Staff Reports

    A two-vehicle accident at 1:10 p.m. on July 12 at the 21 mile marker on Interstate 77 in Carroll County left one driver with non-life threatening injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper S.M. Phillips.

    It was one of two multi-vehicle wrecks that occurred at the same time that day on I-77.

    Jacob Dean, 35, of Max Meadows, was driving a 2003 Volkswagon Passat behind a 2016 Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by Joseph Dobbs, 36, of Apex, N.C., when Dobbs slowed due to a backup in traffic, according to the report.