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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 6/8/15

    Protests in history
    In the May 11 edition, a caller lamented that protests are just so sad. So sad to see a group of people protesting. If not for protesting and violent protests, we would still be a colony of England. If not for protests, we may still be mired in Vietnam. Perhaps this caller would be happier if we didn’t have the right to protest.

    Do not disturb

  • State steps in as school system runs out of money

    By LARRY CHAMBERS and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County school system’s financial crisis is over for the time being, but questions remain about how the problems began.

    After discovering a shortfall of $593,000 in the current year’s budget that meant the board might not be able pay teachers and bills, Chairman Larry Bartlett said during a special called meeting Friday night that funds had come in from the Virginia Department of Education and other sources in the amount of $2.06 million.

  • Board approves cut positions, supplement from county

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved a personnel report at its meeting June 2 that included the first layoffs as part of the support staff reduction plan approved last month.

    The layoffs included:

    • Bus drivers: John Wayne Davis, Lorrie Lamie.

    • Cafeteria workers: Linda Haynes, Sherri Coffey.

    • Aides: Tina Greer, Kandace Vaughan, Sandra Norman.

    • Custodian: Janet Moretz Isom.

  • Brews & Rescues helps animals in need

    The Twin County Humane Society held its annual Brews for Rescues event at Creek Bottom Brews in Galax on May 30.

    The group had lots of merchandise to sell, fun activities and plenty of animals present that were looking for “forever homes.” Creek Bottom offered a special brown ale named “Woof’n Down Brown” and gave $1 for every glass sold; George Smith provided live music and donated a portion of his CD sales to the Humane Society.

  • Chairman says school funds mismanaged

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Larry Bartlett, newly appointed chairman of the Grayson County School Board, delivered some disturbing news during a called meeting Tuesday night.

    Bartlett said that, after working with auditors and Norma Quesinberry, the school system’s director of finance, it was determined that the county’s 2014-2015 education budget would have a shortfall of approximately $593,000.

  • Galax changes polling place for South Precinct

    Voters in Galax’s South Precinct will report to a new polling place in November.

    Last month, Galax Voter Registrar Stacey Reavis spoke to Galax City Council about moving the South Precinct’s voting site from the high school to the rec center.

    Reavis informed council on May 26 that, due to changes in the school calendar, Galax High School would be in use on election day. She and the Galax Electoral Board met with Parks & Recreation Director Dave Nelson regarding the rec center’s use for polling instead. This change would be permanent.

  • School board names Bartlett new chairman

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Larry Bartlett moved up the ranks quickly on the Grayson County School Board.

    He was appointed May 22, sworn in Memorial Day and on Tuesday night, he was elected chairman.

    Gary Burris made the motion to elect Bartlett as chairman and Fred Weatherman seconded the motion and asked that Bartlett be elected by acclamation.

    There were no other nominations and the vote was unanimous, with Bartlett abstaining.

    Shannon Holdaway is vice chairman of the five-member board.

  • Reeves found not guilty of murder

    Read Day 1 of the trial HERE

    INDEPENDENCE — After deliberating for more than four hours on Wednesday, a jury found Chad Allen Reeves not guilty in the October 2002 killing of Brandon Billings, a high school student found shot to death in his truck near the New River.

    The jury received the case around 3:40 p.m. and returned with a verdict around 8 p.m.

  • Twins turn two

    Sophie and Emma Bergeron turned age two on May 17. They are the daughters of Boo and Penny Bergeron and the sisters of Dana and Landon. They celebrated with an Olaf party at their home.

    They are granddaughters of Gary and Lisa Bergeron of Mississippi, Lisa Rattlinggourd of Pearisburg and Ronnie and Debbie Hoffman of Galax. They are the great-granddaughters 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 6/3/15 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 October of 2014 in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed: