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Today's News

  • Shooting suspect will need new attorney

    HILLSVILLE — Christopher Duncan, who faces two attempted second-degree murder charges and multiple other charges in the 2014 shooting of Marty Lee Hiatt, will need to find a new attorney for his case.

    Duncan, who was scheduled for a plea hearing on Tuesday morning, appeared in Carroll County Circuit Court with his defense attorney, Randy Jones, who addressed Judge Brett Geisler with a motion to withdraw from the case.

  • Two charged in thefts from hotel room, vehicle

    On April 20, Galax police responded to the Knights Inn Motel on West Stuart Drive in the city, where a room had been forcibly entered and items taken from within.

    According to a report from the Galax Police Department, on the same day, officers received a report of a vehicle that had been entered and had items stolen from it while parked in the Knights Inn Motel lot.

  • Readers Hotline 4/22/15

    Fines for littering
    People that put trash out in other people’s yards, I am going to push the General Assembly here in Virginia to make it a $5,000 fine and it needs to be a $5,000 fine, those trashy people.

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  • Bolt to seek fourth term as Grayson commissioner

    INDEPENDENCE — Larry Bolt has announced his intentions to seek re-election as the Commissioner of the Revenue for Grayson County.

    Bolt has completed the necessary paperwork with the Grayson County Republican Party and plans to be the nominated candidate at the mass meeting on May 2, according to a news release.

  • Golf cart, lawn mower stolen from church

    A Galax woman and four juveniles are charged in connection with the theft of a golf cart and a riding lawnmower from a church.

    Brittany Walls, 19, has been charged with a series of offenses that occurred at the First Baptist Church of Galax. Four juveniles will be petitioned to appear in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in connection with the offenses.

  • School board splits on staffing reduction

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board passed a “reduction in force” recommendation for teachers at its meeting last Thursday night, but failed to pass the additional staff reductions list.

    A motion to cut several staff positions failed to get a second, and the teacher reduction motion was approved on a split vote.

  • Robinson rides onto the silver screen

    HOLLYWOOD, Cal. — Local movie fans might have spotted a familiar face this month when the Nicholas Sparks-inspired date movie “The Longest Ride” made its debut in theaters on April 10.

    The movie, which tells two different love stories, kicks up plenty of dust with one of the main characters: Luke, a professional bull-rider who is making a comeback after suffering a serious injury at the horns — and hooves — of a quasi-demon bull named “Rango.”

  • Public record for 4/22/15 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 Sept. 16-Oct. 1, 2014, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, formerly clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Man charged with intent to sell methamphetamine

    An Independence man was arrested April 17 on drug charges, according to a Galax Police Department report.

    Jackie Christopher Parsons, 37, was charged by Officer Drew Burnett, who encountered Parsons while trying to locate a person in an unrelated matter.

    Parsons is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a Schedule IV drug.

    He was sent to the New River Valley Regional Jail on a secured bond, pending his appearance in Galax General District Court.

  • Cavaliers trim Cave Spring; Maroon Tide soccer rolls

    ROANOKE –– A leadoff double and two pitches to the backstop accounted for all the offense Carroll County would need Monday as the Cavaliers notched a huge 1-0 River Ridge District softball win at Cave Spring.

    Carroll County (7-0 overall, 2-3 RRD) led off the game with a Tiffanie Moore double to right center, and two wild pitches later the Cavaliers had scored the only run the game would produce.