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Today's News

  • Carroll receives grant to preserve court records

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Circuit Court has received a grant to aid in the restoration of deed books dating back to the 1800s.

    The $14.626 grant was awarded from the Circuit Court Records Preservation Program through the Library of Virginia.

    “This was the very first grant application I have ever completed and it was a success,” said Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court.

  • Cana man pleads guilty to drug charge

    Staff Report

    ROANOKE — A man from Cana has pleaded guilty to a federal drug conspiracy charge, according to U.S. Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr.

    Rebel Steiner Akers, 59, pleaded guilty June 29 in U.S. District Court in Roanoke to one count of conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

    “We will continue to devote all appropriate resources to combating the rise of methamphetamine trafficking in Southwest Virginia,” Fishwick said in a news release.

  • Thomas begins new chapter as library director

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson-Wythe Regional Library recently welcomed Mary Thomas as the new library director.

    Thomas moved to Wytheville from Northeast Tennessee to accept the position. Though she is a newcomer to Grayson County, she said in a recent interview that her family has ties to Virginia. Her father’s family is from Bedford, and several of her cousins live in Pulaski and Dublin.

  • Blaze of Glory: American Legion retires flags

    Veterans from the American Legion Post #245 of Galax gathered on June 14, Flag Day, for a flag retirement ceremony at the Galax Public Library’s outdoor amphitheater, behind the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial.

    The ceremony has been part of American Legion ritual since 1937, a dignified disposal of flags that are deemed unserviceable, old or worn.

    “In a proper service of tribute and memory and love, our flag becomes faded and worn and must be honorably retired from life,” according to an American Legion resolution in 1944.

  • New state laws took effect July 1

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — New state laws and changes to the law passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor went into effect July 1.

    They include changes to the legal age to marry, a law prohibiting smoking in cars with kids and protections against stalkers and domestic abusers. There’s even a law that allows you to hunt some wild game with a slingshot.

    Here’s a look at some of the new laws and changes, compiled from the Virginia Division of Legislative Services:

  • Galax arrests include two felonies

    Staff Report

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests the week of June 19-June 26 included two felonies.

    Erik Donald Harriman, 38, of Galax, was arrested on June 21 at 10:31 p.m. by Officer Trevor Jefferson and charged with felony assault.

  • Homeowner asks town to extend historical district

    HILLSVILLE — The owner of a home in downtown Hillsville wants the town to extend its historical district to include his property.

    John Johnson owns property at 173 South Main St., a home built by the Early family in 1915. Over the years, it has been home to others of historical significance to the town, including Dr. Cox, Bill Copeland, a preacher and Judge Brett Geisler, he said at Hillsville Town Council’s June 13 meeting.

    It’s “arts and crafts” architectural style also make the home historic, he added.

  • Schools, county overcome deficit with teamwork

    Grayson County Public Schools suffered financial turmoil last year with a $900,000 shortfall, which left many in the community concerned and desperately seeking answers as to where so much money disappeared.

    To say things are looking up for the school system just one year later is putting it mildly.

    Last week, school officials announced that they had managed what they were told was impossible: they eliminated the deficit this year, with a closeout budget that landed at an estimated $8 - $11 in the black after covering bills and payroll.

  • Readers Hotline 7/4/16

    Scam warning
    Listen up, readers. I got four calls saying the IRS was going to start suing me if I didn’t pay up. They even left a phone number. I called the police department. They said it was a scam and if you call that number you are really in trouble. So, watch out. They are after us.
    Editor’s note: In scam warnings we’ve received, the IRS stresses that they never call taxpayers. All correspondence is by mail.

    How’s that work?

  • Grayson schools eliminate $900K deficit

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Public Schools administration announced Wednesday that in one year, a previous $900,000 deficit in the school budget has been eliminated using a series of cuts and savings methods.

    This announcement came one week after the Grayson County School Board’s close-out meeting for the year. At that time, there was an estimated remaining deficit of $8,715.53, with the possibility for receiving more funding before the end of June.