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Today's News

  • Grayson to revisit county decal request

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors has asked Treasurer Kelly Haga to revisit his proposal to discontinue county vehicle decals in favor of an annual fee, at a date no later than December of this year.
    The board approved the request at its June 9 meeting, following a staff recommendation to revisit the matter as part of the larger budget framework during the budget discussions and planning for fiscal year 2018.

  • Lazo says goodbye to Galax Council

    Councilman Robert Lazo received a commemorative plaque and a heartfelt farewell for his years on Galax City Council at the Monday, June 13 meeting.
    Mayor C.M. Mitchell called Lazo around the front of the council’s seating area and said, “Okay, I’m going to do this, and I’m going to try not to cry.”

  • HoustonFest celebrates traditional music’s future, honors the past

    Debbie Robinson, HoustonFest’s chief organizer, said she was pleased with this year’s event.

  • Anderson pleads guilty to embezzlement, forgery

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE -- A former secretary and bookkeeper at Grayson County High School has pleaded guilty to embezzling funds from school and other accounts.
    Shelia Wood Anderson of Mouth of Wilson pleaded guilty last Thursday to six felony charges: three counts of embezzlement and three counts of forgery/uttering.
    Anderson was indicted on the six charges Oct. 23, 2015, by a Grayson County grand jury.

  • Dog's death raises questions about shelter procedures

    The euthanizing of a Carroll County dog at the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter caused controversy as animal rescue organizations inundated local officials with phone calls and emails over the course of a week.

    The dog, kept as a pet, was surrendered by its owner, said to be a Carroll County farmer, for killing a chicken or chickens owned by a neighbor, and described by animal rescue websites as a female named Molly.

  • Family leaves veterans' memorial at state's highest peak

    MOUTH OF WILSON — Virginia native Anna Hickson shared these images of her family’s recent hike to the Mount Rogers Summit for a special Memorial Day dedication.

    Hickson, along with her mother and her 4-year-old son, Ronan, took nearly 70 flags — decorated with the names of friends and family members who have been killed in action — on an 11-mile hike to the summit.

    Once they were at the top, they planted the flags in remembrance of their loved ones’ brave service to the country.

  • Carnival coming to Galax

    Staff Report

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department is gearing up for its annual carnival, Great Galax Duck Race and July Fourth parade.

    The carnival will take place from June 20-25 in Galax’s Felts Park, with some special days.

    Gates open at 5 p.m. and bingo is every night from 6 p.m. until closing, with a 50 percent payout each game. A $1,000 championship game will be held on June 25 for qualifying players.

  • School board fires back at county

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County School Board opened its meeting Tuesday with a detailed response to allegations posed the night before by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, regarding a perceived under-budgeting of state funds.

    The school board had requested that the supervisors approve a $575,502 appropriation of additional state funds that were received based on the March 31 average daily membership (ADM) of students. The number of students went up, so Carroll received more money from the state.

  • School board chairman responds to supervisors’ comments

    Carroll County School Board Chairman Brian Spencer released this response at the board’s June 14 meeting in response to criticisms the previous night from members of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors. Some supervisors alleged that the school board deliberately overlooked additional state funds during their budget process.

  • Public record for 6/15/16 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in September 2015 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence: