Today's News

  • Church invites public to Christmas lights display

    WOODLAWN – Blue Ridge Fellowship Church will host a Christmas celebration on Friday and Saturday in conjunction with its ongoing Christmas light display.

    The lights and Bethlehem Village are in their second year, but have grown significantly and the church hopes to continue to expand the display off Glendale Road in the future.

  • Parks benefit from state bond package

    Virginia state parks will soon see $140 million set aside for their repair, upkeep and new projects, according to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who announced this as part of a $2.43 billion bond package on Dec. 9.

    Among the parks expected to be helped by the funding are the New River Trail and Grayson Highlands.

    The package is mainly targeted at four-year higher learning institutions and community colleges, but some funds are intended for the parks.

  • Carroll grand jury issues indictments

    The grand jury met Monday in Carroll County Circuit Court and issued several indictments, including several drug charges, shoplifting, child abuse, indecent exposure and one case of stealing cattle.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

    Charges included:

    • William Grady Adkins, 20, of Ararat, eluding a law enforcement officer

    • Tiburcio Aguilar, 35, of Dublin, grand larceny of an automobile

  • Public record for 12/16/15

    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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in April in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:
    Walter L. Conklin Jr. of Troutdale, guilty of drinking while driving/open container; pay $150 fine and $131 costs.

  • Tide does the unthinkable – stops the unstoppable

    SALEM –– This will tell you everything you need to know about Galax’s defensive effort in Saturday’s Group 1A state championship game:


    Riverheads had won 13 straight games by throwing the football just 20 times. Its top three ballcarriers had averaged more than seven yards per rushing attempt throughout the season. The Gladiators were seven days removed from having gashed a 12-1 team, George Wythe, for 400 rushing yards.

  • Timeless treasure

    SALEM –– In preparations for Saturday’s Group 1A state championship game with Riverheads, Galax coach Mark Dixon said that he felt his Maroon Tide would need some help. A turnover would be useful, a special teams score might be of assistance, a defensive game-changer would be cool.

  • Officer bitten by dog in stolen car

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – A Hillsville police officer was attacked by a dog while arresting the driver of a car reported stolen.

    A Hillsville woman faces multiple charges after she was found driving a vehicle that was reported stolen on Dec. 7.

    According to police reports, the Hillsville Police Department was notified at approximately 12:30 p.m. that a 2004 Chevrolet Impala had been taken from Montgomery Auto Care in Hillsville.

  • Friends pitch in after GCHS teacher injured

    Note: Some information in this report is reprinted with permission from The Jefferson Post (www.jeffersonpost.com)

    ASHE COUNTY, N.C. — A Grayson County High School math teacher was hospitalized Dec. 9 following an accident on N.C. 16 North near Tom Fowler Road in Ashe County.

    According to reports from the North Carolina Highway Patrol, John Roberts, 53, was traveling north in a 2013 Ford around 7 a.m. when his vehicle rear-ended a tractor trailer driven by Troy Lathan, 35, of Warrensville, N.C.

  • Readers Hotline 12/14/15

    Move over
    I’m calling concerning the parking situation at Galax High School. Cars are parking out here along the guardrail and making it hard for parents at the parent pickup line to go down there and make their turn to come down to where they pick up their kids. The faculty needs to do something about people parking along the guardrail.

    It’s simple

  • Business challenge a good investment for Grayson

    This year, Grayson County has celebrated some important milestones, notably with business growth through the relocation and opening of larger businesses in Independence — Oak Hall Cap and Gown and McAllister Mills being two of the most recent examples.

    It is no secret that Grayson County and its localities are dedicated to becoming a trusted hub for business growth, but they are not just interested in getting the attention of larger corporations; they want local mom and pop businesses to thrive, as well.