Today's News

  • Mental evaluation delays manslaughter trial

    INDEPENDENCE — The court date to set a trial for Tanisha Ann Lineberry, charged in the April 30 death of her young son, has been moved pending the results of a mental health evaluation.

    According to court records, a trial date for Lineberry will be set on Jan. 26, 2018.

    Lineberry was appointed legal counsel at a hearing in Grayson County Circuit Court on Aug. 17. She is charged with involuntary manslaughter and abuse of a child resulting in serious injury. Attorney J. Tompkins will represent Lineberry, according to the circuit court office.

  • Galax firefighter injured

    Staff Report

    A Galax Volunteer Fire Department member was injured while on a call last week.

    Galax firefighters responded to a house fire at 130 Brickyard Road in the city on Nov. 16 at 3:31 p.m., according to a report. When they arrived, firefighters found the single-story structure fully involved, with fire through the roof.

    One firefighter suffered a knee injury and was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital, where he was treated and released.

    No one was home at the time of the fire.

  • Lessening the penalty for first-time pot possession

    Virginia might take a step soon to lessen the penalties for first-time marijuana possession — ending the current criminal prosecution that does more harm than good.

    A bill that would make first-time marijuana possession a civil offense, rather than a criminal charge, will be considered in the next session of the Virginia General Assembly, which begins in January.

    The bill probably will receive a full hearing because of its sponsor — Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, a James City County Republican.

  • Public record for 11/22/17 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.

    Circuit Court

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

  • In The Pines: trees are big business in Grayson

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    MOUTH OF WILSON – In the rural high country of western Grayson County, the earth trembles under the wheels of farm vehicles pulling loads of produce out of the fields, to one of several loading areas. From there, “big rigs” are hauling load after load of seasonal stuff to markets.

    It started in October, when huge cardboard boxes of pumpkins rumbled towards town.

  • Carroll makes plans to buy buses, fix roof


    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors and the Carroll County School Board put their heads together to come up with a solution for two urgent school requests during a joint meeting Nov. 20.

    At the meeting, the county authorized the school board to buy five school buses at a discounted price that was soon to expire, and agreed to seek funding for repairing part of the roof at Carroll County High School.

  • Carroll Circuit Court awarded grant to preserve records

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Circuit Court has been awarded grant funds from the Circuit Court Records Preservation Program through the Library of Virginia.

    In August, Carroll received a total of $11,730 towards the restoration of three older records books that could be lost to deterioration — Deed Book 6 (1857-1859); Order Book 3 (1852-1858) and Order Book 5 (1861-1867).

  • Board addresses treasurer spending probe

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors has issued a statement regarding an ongoing investigation of spending by the county treasurer’s office.

    At their Nov. 9 meeting, supervisors presented a letter, penned by the county’s legal counsel on their behalf, in response to recent news reports concerning an investigation of Treasurer Kelly Haga’s expenditures, which has been turned over the Virginia State Police.

  • Emergency scam targets military families

    Staff Report

    We just celebrated Veterans Day, a time when most people honor those who’ve served their country in the military, but the Better Business Bureau warns that some unscrupulous scammers are doing just the opposite.

    BBB Scam Tracker reported last week that it is seeing reports of an emergency scam (sometimes called the “grandparents scam”) that targets military families.

    Here’s how the scam works:

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