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Today's News

  • Funk, Morris to marry

    Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Allan Funk of Galax announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Katherine, to Andrew Stephen Morris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Barker Morris of Fredericksburg.

    Funk is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Larry Spangler of Galax and Mrs. James M. Braswell Jr. and the late Mr. Braswell of Elm City, N.C.
    Funk is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in sociology.
    She is employed as an admissions representative with West Virginia Junior College in Morgantown, W.Va.

  • Public record for 3/18/15 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 July of 2014 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Windell Phillip Hawks, 50, of Mount Airy, N.C., and Lisa Rae Semones, 47, of Galax.

  • McAllister Mills expanding in Grayson County

    INDEPENDENCE — McAllister Mills Inc., the leading manufacturer of safe, heat-resistant materials for the textile industry, will invest $1.05 million to expand and significantly increase its textile manufacturing operations in Grayson County, according to an announcement Wednesday from the governor’s office.

    The company will purchase and renovate a vacant 33,000-square-foot facility that will house new automation and equipment. The site is the former Parsons & Reeves building in Independence.

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  • Toney to challenge Gardner for sheriff

    HILLSVILLE — Chris Toney of Galax has announced his desire to serve as Carroll County’s next sheriff, registering to run in the Nov. 3 general election as an independent candidate challenging incumbent Republican J.B. Gardner, who is seeking a second term.

    Toney made his announcement at the Historic Carroll County Courthouse on March 14, which he noted was the 103rd anniversary of the infamous Allen trial and courthouse shootout.

  • School board approves $18.2M budget

    INDEPENDENCE – Citizens packed the room March 9 as the Grayson County School Board continued its discussion of where to make cuts to balance the budget – but most left with the same questions they had before the meeting.

    Facing more than $3.4 million in reductions for next year’s budget – mostly due to a continued drop in student enrollment – school board members have been looking everywhere to cut costs and save as many jobs as possible.

  • Father faces 2nd degree murder charge

    HILLSVILLE — Charges of murder, attempted murder and malicious wounding were included in the 72 indictments the Carroll grand jury certified against 40 individuals on Monday in Carroll County Circuit Court.

    Included in the stack of indictments were two charges — including a second degree murder charge — against Christopher Dean Woolwine of Christiansburg.

  • Woodlawn fire destroys home

    WOODLAWN — A fire at 3790 Oak Lane left a resident without a home, though he was taken in by his grandchild, who lives next door, according to Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department Unit 1 Chief Donnie Spangler.

    HVFD, along with the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, got the call a little after 1 a.m. on Monday. Hillsville was in charge while Galax provided support and assistance in controlling and cleaning up the fire, according to GVFD Capt.Mike Ayers.

  • Shinault registers to run for Grayson School Board

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A second candidate has filed to run in the Nov. 3 general election in Grayson County.

    Randy Shinault, who ran for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board in the 2011 election, has announced his candidacy to run for the Providence District seat on the board this year. Wynn Combs currently holds the seat, but she hasn’t announced her intentions.

  • Suspects plead guilty to school vandalism

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Two Hillsville men charged in connection with vandalism at the former Woodlawn School last year pleaded guilty in Carroll County General District Court on March 13.

    Gregory Alan Bolen and Thomas John Frontiera, both 18, were both charged last December with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, destruction of property valued at $1,000 and trespassing on school property.