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Today's News

  • Carroll schools face bus driver shortage

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County faces a shortage of bus drivers in the public school system and has implemented an incentive program to try to attract new employees. The incentive includes provisions for new drivers and those current drivers who recruit them.

    According to Elizabeth Motley, director of human resources for Carroll County Public Schools, the transportation department is shorthanded all the way around. Last year, Motley realized this could be a problem and took steps to come up with a solution.

  • Indictments include drug, fraud charges

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Indictments against three Independence residents have recently been unsealed.

    The Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury met July 22 and returned several sealed indictments. They were not made public until those named in the indictments were charged.

    The included:

  • McCormick, Hash to wed

    Jeremy and Kristi McCormick of Independence announce the engagement of their daughter, Madison Cambri, to Jared Allen Hash, son of Joe Hash of Independence and Tammy Copeland of Galax.

    A January 2017 wedding is planned.

  • He's seven

    Braeden Hunter Ward celebrated his 7th birthday on June 26. He had a Minecraft pool party with friends and family at the Grayson County Rec Park.

    He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence and has three younger brothers: Levi, Luke and Grayson. His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley, and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward, and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Public record for 10/12/16 edition

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in January in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Warren D. Smith and Kelly W. Smith to Horner Land Holdings LLC. Four parcels in the Wilson District. $615,000.
    M.E. Houck and Cathy G. Houck to Timothy J. Kurzweil and Laurie Houck Kurzweil. 24.156 acres in the Elk Creek District. Gift.
    Sylvia C. Killon to Thomas C. Stockner and Cherie L. Stockner. 1.5765 acres in the Oldtown District. $15,000.

  • Two ejected in Cliffview crash

    Staff Report

    A wreck on Cliffview Road on Oct. 4 sent all three occupants to the hospital due to not wearing seatbelts, police said.

    According to Trooper S.E. Kinney, the Virginia State Police was called to an automobile accident on Cliffview during the early morning hours of Oct. 4. The accident occurred at 2:50 a.m., about .2 mile north of Creekview Drive, near Galax.

  • Claims found in former VA employee's possession

    A large number of documents, including veterans’ claims, were discovered in a storage unit belonging to a former veterans’ office employee who worked at Richmond’s McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center.

    Virginia Department of Veterans Services retrieved and secured the documents at the agency’s Richmond headquarters, and are reviewing documents so that affected veterans can be notified and assisted in filing claims.

    The Virginia attorney general notified the Virginia State Police and requested a criminal investigation.

  • Cave Spring rallies past Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– After beginning their home match against Cave Spring in impressive fashion Thursday night, the Carroll County Lady Cavaliers lost a volleyball heartbreaker, 17-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-23. 

    In the first set, the Cavaliers left no doubt that they came to play and wanted to erase the sting of some tough recent losses. Scoring first, early, and often, Carroll exploded to a 13-6 lead and never let the guests make it close in an eight-point Cavalier victory. 

  • G-Men flood Blue Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– Graham and Grayson County – and Bill Strong Field itself for that matter – dealt quite well with the steady rain that fell during the two teams’ Mountain Empire District clash Friday night. It was the early downpour of G-Men points that left the Blue Devils stuck in the mud.

  • Fort trips up Maroon Tide

    MAX MEADOWS –– Having carried an 11-game losing streak into this season, Fort Chiswell is now good enough of a football team that it doesn’t need a lot of help to win ballgames. The Pioneers got some assistance anyway early on and did just fine on their own the rest of the way Saturday in stunning Galax 31-20, ending the Maroon Tide’s 15-game winning streak.