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Today's News

  • Nonprofit live-streams committee hearings

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Ameratu Kamara unpacked her backpack and got to work early Friday morning.

    The only things she needed: a tripod, an iPod and Wi-Fi.

    Those are the tools of transparency.

    Within minutes, the junior criminal justice major and political science minor from Virginia Commonwealth University was prepared to do what the General Assembly has refused to do for years: video record, live-stream and archive a committee hearing.

  • Readers Hotline 1/18/17

    Grip the wheel

  • Suspect tussles with officer after chase

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville man allegedly took police on a chase through icy streets and a yard on Jan. 8 before crashing his vehicle, fleeing on foot, hiding in a closet and then getting into a scuffle with the arresting officer.

    Eric Repass, 43, of 201 Weddle Street faces numerous charges, according to Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce.

  • Four charged with thefts in Va., N.C.

    Copyright 2017, The Alleghany News

    Reprinted with permission

    SPARTA, N.C. — A drive-off at a gas station in Ennice started a winding road that led investigators to find stolen property from Galax, Va., and launch an investigation into other suspected criminal activity, according to Alleghany County Sheriff Bryan Maines.

  • Churches celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    The annual multi-church celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was held at McMillian Ministries on Sunday, with music and talks on the theme, “I have decided to stick with love, hate is too great a burden to bear,” as said by King himself.

    McMillian Ministries’ Pastor Sue Greene presided over the service with her characteristic verve and openheartedness.

  • Public record for 1/18/17 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in March in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Lawmaker pushes for guns in schools

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — A state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would let school boards designate employees to carry concealed handguns on school property.

    It would require those carrying the weapons to receive training and certification, either through the state or the National Rifle Association.

  • Blue Devil boys stifle Galax

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County used a 20-3 run – including a second-quarter shutout – to blow past Galax 53-22 in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game Saturday night.

  • Maroon Tide holds off Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– Galax quickly built a nine-point lead and fended off numerous Grayson County comeback attempts to take a 44-34 Mountain Empire District girls’ win Saturday evening.

    The Maroon Tide (5-5) never trailed after scoring the game’s first four points and led 12-3 on Halle Bryant’s putback at the two-minute mark of the first quarter. The Blue Devils (2-8), fresh off a win over then- once-beaten Narrows, made one run after another at Galax but were unable to draw even.

  • Readers Hotline 1/16/17

    No attempt
    Isn’t it a sad state of affairs when a truck [from a local jurisdiction] comes to your neighborhood and stops at the end of the driveway and makes no attempt to scrape the snow and ice off of your street so you could get out? Yet, our postman made three attempts to come up the hill. Finally parked his truck and walked to our mailboxes to deliver our mail. He got the job done. Lastly, a young man with a pickup and no chains came to our neighborhood and scraped our street where the truck made no attempt to do so.