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Today's News

  • Washington County man charged with child pornography

    A Washington County man is charged by Hillsville authorities on 50 counts of possession of child pornography after a joint investigation by member agencies of the Southwest Virginia Crimes Against Children Task Force.

    Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce said in a news release that Darius Lee Foran, Sr., 49, of Meadowview was initially arrested June 1 by the Hillsville Police Department on two charges of using communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children.

  • MMA event will benefit Grayson athletic programs

    INDEPENDENCE — Titans of the Cage fight matches will be held July 16 at Grayson County High School.

    Doors open at 4 p.m. and fights start at 5. TOC Promotions will showcase its biggest card ever, featuring more than 20 fights. Some proceeds will go to GCHS athletic department.

    The main event features undefeated welterweight champ Austin Cooper of Team SWMA in Wytheville against Jeremy Caviness of Team Backyard Brawlers of Hillsville.

  • Arrests include malicious wounding, perjury

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Office, arrests last week included malicious wounding, drug offenses and perjury.

    • Quinnie Loper, 41, of Galax, was arrested by Sgt. Shawny Jones on June 30 at 4:43 a.m. and charged with felony malicious wounding.

    • Neisha Jane Bailey, 26, of Galax, was arrested by Officer Chris Hines on June 30 at 7:05 a.m. and charged with two counts of felony obtaining drugs by fraud.

  • Parks brings years of legal experience to assistant prosecutor job

    INDEPENDENCE ― The volume of cases handled by the Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office requires a larger staff than it once did, and now features two assistant prosecutors.

    Marty Parks has served assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Grayson since late 2012.

    With an extensive history in the practice of law, Parks accepted the position with the county after turning it down once before due to bad timing. Prior to his current position, Parks had a practice in Galax, where he’d worked since 1980.

  • Summer is prime time for burglary

    Staff Reports

    Nothing is more exciting than packing and getting ready for that much needed summer vacation to “get away from it all.” Unfortunately, some vacationers will return home to find “it all” no longer there when they return home.

  • School board member dies after accident

    INDEPENDENCE — Tim “T.T.” Carico, at-large member of the Grayson County School Board and an active member of the Grayson community, died last Wednesday after being injured in an accident a few days earlier.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan confirmed Thursday in a news release that on July 3, at approximately 10 p.m., county deputies, along with Independence Fire and Independence Rescue members, responded to Peach Bottom Road to an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle.

  • Hillsville woman killed in N.C. crash

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — A Hillsville woman died at the scene of a two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning in Mount Airy, N.C.

    Penny Triplett, 30, was a passenger in a 2001 Ford Explorer that was struck by a vehicle that police said ran a stop light.

    Sgt. J.M. Church of the North Carolina Highway Patrol told The Gazette that the accident happened at 10:18 a.m. on July 6, at the intersection of the Interstate 74 East off-ramp and U.S. 601, near the Sheetz convenience store.

  • Public record for 7/6/16

    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.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded in October of 2015 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Luis Gabriel Gomez, 20, of Roanoke, and Cristal Flores, 23, of Fries.

  • Readers Hotline 7/6/16

    Doesn’t make sense
    I read the City of Galax is going to replace those trees they cut down on U.S. 58. I don’t understand why they want to put trees up there if the trees are causing trouble. Why would you want to cut the old ones down that are causing trouble and plant more trees in their place to cause even more trouble of the same nature? That doesn’t make any sense to me. If they are going to cut them down, they should leave them down and not plant any more.

  • Driver injured when truck hits van, trailer

    A two-vehicle accident at Hanes Road Trailer Park in Galax left one man with an apparent head injury on Monday at 1:47 p.m.

    A yellow Ford F-150 pickup apparently ran into a white service van, driving it into a mobile home and partly destroying a wooden outdoor walkway.