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  • McGrady hits K1K in Devil win

     RICHLANDS – Camryn McGrady was batting .500 after her first two hitting attempts Tuesday night. But she was hitting 1,000.

    After coming up one kill shy of quadruple digits on senior night in the regular season finale against Graham, the Grayson County middle hitter reached the magic number with her initial kill on Tuesday, helping lead the Blue Devils to an easy – if not picturesque – three-set win over the G-Girls in the Conference 39 semifinals at Richlands High School.

  • Car struck by boulder on U.S. 52, catches fire

    A Hillsville woman escaped injury in a wreck on U.S. 52 on Sunday, after her vehicle struck a large boulder and caught fire.

    According to State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser, the accident took place at approximately 8:10 p.m. on 52, approximately 1.5 miles south of Virginia 683.

    Shana Loriel Parnell, 30, of Hillsville, was driving a 2002 Audi heading north, when her vehicle struck a large rock that had rolled into the roadway.

    The car caught fire as a result of the impact, but Parnell escaped the vehicle with no injuries, Musser said.

  • Carroll Christmas Fund launches campaign

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll Christmas Fund, an annual event driven by a number of volunteers, businesses, churches and community groups, has begun organizing this year’s efforts to ensure that everyone in the community has a happy holiday season.

  • He's two

    Levi Dasher Bowers turned two Sept. 30. He celebrated Sept. 27 with a party at his home with family and friends. He is the son of Travis and Heather Bowers of Galax.

    His grandparents are Janice and the late Clarence Bowers, Paula and Mike Trivett of Galax and Dallas Diamond of Barren Springs. Great-grandparents include Ada Lee and Elmer Williams, the late Paul Haga, Dorothy and Paul Diamond, Ruby and the late Raymond Bowers and the late Audrey and Oacus Sizemore.

  • Public record for 11/5/14 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 June in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Petition seeks end to coyote killing contest

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    Grayson County’s coyote-killing contest launched last month is apparently attracting its share of attention — not so much from participants, at least not yet — but more from folks opposed to it.

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  • Incumbents keep seats in Nov. 4 election

    UPDATED 11/6/14

    In a tight race that changed leads repeatedly throughout the night Tuesday, incumbent Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va) seemingly held on to his seat, fending off Republican challenger Ed Gillespie.

    The final statewide tally was still being determined early Wednesday morning, and the race had not been officially called, but preliminary figures showed Warner besting Gillespie 49 percent to 48 percent.


    Unofficial results of Nov. 4, 2014, elections, from precincts in Carroll, Grayson and Galax. Info provided by Virginia State Board of Elections and local voter registrars.


    Mark Warner (D)*

       • Statewide — 1,067,863 (49.1%)

       • Carroll — 2,264 (32.1%)

       • Grayson — 1,439 (34.7%)

       • Galax — 564 (42.1%)

    Ed Gillespie (R)

  • Cars collide near Shoney's

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department responded to a two-vehicle crash in front of the Shoney’s and Wendy’s parking lots on Sunday evening.

    Police were called to the scene around 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 2. According to a report from Interim Police Chief Wesley Yonce, Rebecca Billings Krejci, 38, was operating a 2010 Honda Pilot and attempted to turn onto Carrollton Pike Road/U.S. 58 west towards Galax from the entrance to the restaurants’ parking lots, when her car was struck in the side by a 2005 Toyota Corolla operated by Vanessa Smith, 40.