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Today's News

  • Choate, Iroler engagement announced

    Daniel Choate and Jane Choate of Galax announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittni Choate, to Barrett Iroler, son of Barry and Barbara Iroler of Fancy Gap.

    Choate is the granddaughter of Andy and Dora Leigh Choate of Galax and Barbara Caldwell and the late George Caldwell of Galax.
    She is a 2006 graduate of Carroll County High School and a 2009 graduate of Wytheville Community College. She attends Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • Public record for 9/26/12 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.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded in May in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Travis Jay Cox, 33, and Savannah Brooke Bourne, 21, both of Independence.

  • Readers' Hotline 9/26/12

    Open to criticism
    Romney is criticizing the people that were defending and dying for our country in the embassy. Criticizing the last words coming from them that were killed. I think that is disgraceful. Our country had embassies attacked under George W. Bush. Let’s think things over.

  • Volunteer force could aid police

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner could form a reserve force of volunteer law enforcement officers to help out, pending proper insurance coverage.
    Gardner sought permission from the Carroll Board of Supervisors for a volunteer law enforcement initiative at their Sept. 10 meeting.
    The supervisors gave the effort their go-ahead with no additional comments. The approval is contingent on the availability of insurance.
    This would benefit both Carroll County and certain individuals that have their law enforcement certifications, Gardner said.

  • Deputy shooting suspects' case goes to grand jury

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE  — Charges against a Grayson County husband and wife charged in connection with the shooting of a Grayson County deputy sheriff were bound over for grand jury action following their preliminary hearings in Grayson County General District Court on Sept. 17.
    Deputy Doug Waller was wounded June 26 after he and Deputy Kevin Watson answered a domestic violence call at 3016 Skyline Highway, about six miles south of Galax on Virginia 89.

  • Humane Society offers tips on animal advocacy

    HILLSVILLE — An effort to criminalize using dogs to chase foxes kept in pens is one bill that animal advocates can lobby for with their state legislators, said the Virginia state director for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
    Laura Donahue recently visited Hillsville with Casey Pheiffer, senior director of wildlife policy, to talk about ways that those concerned about the rights of companion animals and wildlife could make a difference by participating in political processes.

  • Tethering can be deadly for dogs

    Neglect cases cause concern for animal control officer, especially dogs tied up and ignored and pets left in hot vehicles.

    By SHAINA STOCKTON

    Staff

    Animal Control Officer Veronica Bryant opened the door to one of the kennels, revealing a mixed-breed male dog that had been rescued earlier that day.

  • Hundreds attend Christian Family Fun Day

    By SHAINA STOCKTON

    Staff

    HILLSVILLE — People from all over the region gathered at the Hillsville VFW on Saturday to celebrate the first-ever Christian Family Fun Day.
    The event, sponsored by dozens of churches in the Twin Counties and beyond, kicked off with a parade at 10:30 a.m., followed by free food, games and entertainment from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
    People smiled from their decorated vehicles while others followed on foot and distributed pamphlets for their respective churches along the parade route.

  • Geico to sponsor Virginia rest stops

    RICHMOND — A national insurance company mascot will beckon to visitors at the rest area on Interstate 77 in Lambsburg and other such facilities around the state, due to increasing corporate sponsorship opportunities under Gov. Bob McDonnell.
    After then-Gov. Tim Kaine closed some of the state rest areas in a round of cuts during his last budget, McDonnell reversed that decision as one of his first acts when he won the state office.

  • Missing man found

    UPDATE — Joseph Ray Jones has been found as of Wednesday, and the authorities have called off the alert.