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Today's News

  • Suspect captured, charged with abduction and robbery

    INDEPENDENCE — The second suspect in an armed robbery and abduction was captured Nov. 29 in Carroll County.

    According to a news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, David Alan Rutherford has been charged with armed robbery, abduction by force, possession of a firearm by a felon and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

  • Readers Hotline 11/30/16

    Help the needy
    I agree with the caller about the cold coffee and stale donuts church, all these big screen TVs and such. What these big churches need to do if they have the money to buy something like that is, try to get out in the community and help people in need instead of filling their pockets full.

    Donuts and fellowship

  • Parades and Christmas festivities this weekend

    A weekend of holiday festivities is ahead, with Christmas parades, tree lightings, music and visits from St. Nick.

    Hillsville

    The Town of Hillsville will celebrate the Christmas season with its annual tree lighting and Christmas parade on Dec. 3.

    The festivities will start at 5 p.m. with stocking stuffing along North Main Street. The first 300 children to check in at town hall will receive a free stocking to get stuffed by local merchants and those set up along the street. Stocking stuffing will last until 6 p.m.

  • Carroll recognizes students, teachers

    HILLSVILLE – Many special recognitions and accomplishments were praised at the November meeting of the Carroll County School Board. In addition to announcing the county’s finalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year, several other teachers and students were recognized and presented special projects they had done.

    An update was also provided on the AmeriCorps tutoring program in Carroll County schools. Tonyia Gibson, AmeriCorps Director, oversees 32 AmeriCorps tutors for Carroll County and 13 tutors in Floyd County.

  • Lewis heads to court for homicide, assault

    MARION — Two charges in the fatal hit-and-run death of a Fries woman and the vehicular injury of an Ivanhoe man have been continued by the Smyth County General District Court.

    John Randolph Lewis, 34, of Wytheville is charged in the first-degree murder of Heather Copeland Clontz, 35, and the malicious assault of Samuel D. Lawson. According to the court’s online database, Lewis will appear in court Dec. 8 for the assault charge and one charge of failure to stop for an accident.

  • Public record for 11/30/16 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 additional 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:

  • Galax Community Food Fund drive underway

    Staff Report

    It’s that time of year when the community comes together to give from the heart and pack and deliver boxes of blessings to folks less fortunate in our area.

    The Community Christmas Food Fund is underway, raising money for 550 families in need to receive two large boxes of staple foods that will help them through a difficult time of year.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department is facilitating this community project, but firefighters stress that it’s the community that actually makes the effort a reality.

  • Cecil Adams remembered for pride in hometown

    INDEPENDENCE — Cecil W. Adams, an Independence native and a former member of the Independence Town Council, died Nov. 12 at age 91.

    Adams served as a member of the town council multiple times throughout his life. He also served his country in the U.S. Army.

    As a citizen, Adams devoted countless hours of care and service to the town of Independence, in big and small ways.

  • Dog saved from burning building

    In an unexpected turn of events, man proved to be dog’s best friend in the course of a structure fire on Pipers Gap Road at 1:15 a.m. on Monday, when members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department rescued a dog from a burning outbuilding.

    Firefighters arrived on scene to find a 500-square-foot detached garage with fire blowing out of the front and left sides. Two hoses were pulled from an engine to put the fire out.

  • Readers Hotline 11/28/16

    Send them away
    Just look on the front page of the Nov. 16 paper —  three men were charged with selling meth and being armed [two of which are not U.S. citizens]. Now, they are sitting in our regional jail getting three meals a day, bed to sleep in and a TV to watch. The American people are paying for this. Get them out of this country. Send them back to their country and let their government foot the bill, because the American people are done with it. Good job to our police officers and God bless America.