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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Galax police investigate burglary

    Staff Report

    Galax police are investigating a burglary at Roses Discount Store on June 18.

    According to a police report, two suspects entered the store at 6:15 p.m. “An older black male wearing a red plaid shirt and shorts shopped while a second black male forced entry into a room and committed a larceny of cash,” the report said.

    Both suspects were previously observed at R.J.’s Pizza around 5:30 p.m. and Tlaquepaque restaurant around 6 p.m.

  • Parades, fireworks, music planned for July 4

    July 4 will be a busy day around the Twin Counties, with celebrations, parades and fireworks planned in Independence, Hillsville, Galax and Fries.

    Independence

    Oscar and Julia Valentine will serve as the grand marshals for this year’s Fourth of July parade in Independence.

  • Readers Hotline 6/29/16

    Shut it down
    I live in the Laurel area of Carroll County. Why do we not have one of the three paid ambulances with a paramedic on duty out in Laurel?  Please Carroll County, close Laurel [volunteer rescue squad] down like you did Dugspur and Hillsville and put a paid paramedic truck in our area.

    Boondoggles

  • Turns 100

    Opal Virginia McPeak Goad of Woodlawn celebrated her 100th birthday on June 2, 2016, with her family at a birthday lunch and then at a family dinner at her home on June 4.

    She is the wife of the late Ernest Goad. She has three children: Janice Vass, Joyce Cagle and Elmon Goad. She has five grandchildren: Aaron Vass, Stephen and Joel Cagle, Vanessa Bottomley and Gerald Goad; six great-grandchildren: Arianna Slate, Alyssa Vass, Owen and Emmett Cagle and Logan and Seth Bottomley; and one great-great-grandson, Samuel Slate.

  • She's three

    Ember Gillespie, daughter of Brock and Terri Gillespie, celebrated her third birthday on May 5.

    Her siblings are Brooklyn and Jackson Gillespie. Grandparents are Larry and Kathy Funk and Mark and Darlene Gillespie. She celebrated with a Play Doh party with all of her friends and family.

  • Twins turn three

    Sophie and Emma Bergeron turned 3 on May 17. They are the daughters of Boo and Penny Bergeron and the sisters of Dana and Landon.

    They celebrated with a Frozen party at their home. They are the granddaughters of Gary and Lisa Bergeron of Mississippi, Lisa Rattlinggourd of Pearisburg and Ronnie and Debbie Hoffman of Galax. They are the great-grand-daughters of Althea and the late Bert Bergeron of Mississippi, Vance and the late Helen Hoffman of Galax, and the late Carl and Anne Fisher of Pearisburg.

  • Public record for 6/29/16 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 October of 2015 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Split vote on budget with tax hike

    HILLSVILLE – In a 3-2 split vote on Monday night, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors approved and appropriated the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget for the county, which will raise real estate taxes by 2 cents to 68 cents

    The board scheduled this second June meeting with the purpose of approving and appropriating the budget and setting the tax rates and levy. The real estate tax was the only tax affected in the vote and other tax rates remained the same.