Today's News

  • Market, farmers to benefit from $80,000 USDA grant

    INDEPENDENCE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the Independence Farmers Market a $82,414 grant with the goal of increasing overall access to locally grown foods and, in turn, spurring production of produce in Independence and surrounding areas.

    The money is from the Farmers Market Promotion Program, funded through the Farm Bill Agricultural Act of 2014, according to a news release from Grayson LandCare.

  • Schools focus on bullying prevention

    HILLSVILLE – October is Bullying Prevention Month in Carroll County Schools, and educators hope to help parents and students with information on cyberbullying specifically.

    The Carroll County School Board at its Oct. 8 meeting unanimously signed a proclamation declaring the intention of this focus is that the issue of bullying and its prevention be discussed in Virginia schools and classrooms this month.

  • Two injured in crash

    Staff Reports

    Multiple injuries occurred in a two-vehicle accident on Cliffview Road Sept. 19 around 4:45 p.m., according to Virginia State Trooper C.M. Delp.

    A maroon 2005 Ford Freestar SUV driven by Delana Hensley, 57, of Woodlawn, was traveling on Cliffview just south of Virginia 837 when the vehicle slowed to make a right turn. Her vehicle was struck in the rear by a blue 1993 Chevrolet S10 pickup driven by Joshua McLamb, 22, of Galax. Hensley ran off the right side of the road and into a private yard.

  • Grayson to expand trail system in town

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County administration has invited the public to attend an open house for the Enhancement Trail on Oct. 19 from 4-6 p.m.

    Construction drawings and conceptual sketches of the Enhancement Trail will be on display in the board room of the Grayson County Courthouse, located at 129 Davis Street in Independence. County staff will be available to discuss the project and answer any questions that the public may have.

  • Galax police release arrest reports

    The Galax Police Department recently released a report of arrests for the period of Sept. 28 to Oct. 9, including drug and traffic offenses, assaults and shoplifting.

    Sept. 28:

    • Kristopher James Adams, 26, shoplift: conceal goods valued less than $200 (second offense); swearing or intoxicated in public.

    Sept. 29:

    • Tyvonda Ravenell, malicious wounding.

    Sept. 30:

    • Christopher Lee Beasley, 37, robbery;

  • Grayson gives schools additional $150,000

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved a request from the Grayson County School Board to appropriate $149,394 in additional funds for education.

    Supervisors approved the money for the school board during their Oct. 8 meeting. The decision was unanimous, with the exception of Supervisor Glen Rosenbaum, who was not present at the meeting.

  • Pots of Gold: Independence's annual outhouse race

    The rain didn’t stop the community from celebrating Oct. 10 during the annual Mountain Foliage Festival in Independence.

    Members of the community gathered on Main Street for a day full of town traditions, shopping, games and other forms of recreation.

    The Grand Privy Race consisted of four teams this year. First-place winners in the annual outhouse race were the Grayson Wrestling Team, followed by the Independence Volunteer Fire Department in second place, Core Fitness in third place, and United Way in fourth place.

  • Griggs, Silcox announce engagement

    Lauren Griggs and Benjamin Silcox, along with their families, announce their engagement.
    Lauren is the daughter of Laurie and Roger Porter of Galax and Charles and Michelle Griggs of New Mexico.

    Her grandparents are Bill and Bobbie Copeland of Hillsville, and Ruthie Griggs, also of Hillsville.
    Benjamin is the son of Mary and Chad Paderick of Troutville and the late Benjamin Webb Silcox of Troutville.

  • Public record for 10/14/15 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in December of 2014 in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Jury finds McMillian not guilty of arson

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A man indicted on one count of arson has been found not guilty in Carroll County Circuit Court.

    Glen Donald McMillian was indicted on Sept. 25, 2014, by the Carroll County grand jury on a charge of arson in the Lambsburg area. The incident, which happened on June 22, 2012, involved the burning of a residence off Pipers Gap Road.