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Today's News

  • Grayson approves school budget

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved its 2018-2019 school operating budget at its March 15 meeting in the amount of $22 million.

    Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said the budget contains a 2 percent raise for all school employees and renovations to buildings, including $75,000 for a new roof at the Grayson County High School auditorium, $11,000 for a new metal roof on the field house and $80,000 for the CATE Center renovations.

  • Three arrested in Galax

    Staff Report

    Drug charges and a grand larceny are among recent arrests made by the Galax Police Department.

    A Galax man, Andrew Rosca Bailey, 36, was arrested on March 26 and charged with grand larceny from Turman’s Hardwood Flooring.

    Officer Darren Alley, who investigated the reported theft, charged Bailey. Bailey is alleged to have stolen industrial equipment and disposed of it at a scrap metal dealer.

    He is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail pending arraignment and appearance in Galax General District Court.

  • Readers Hotline 4/4/18

    Hammer the scammers
    I wish they would get rid of all these scammers that are calling our phones. I get a 728 number all the time. You can call it back and it has been disconnected. I don’t know how they are doing this but I wish there was some way we could put a stop to it because if I am expecting a doctor’s calls, I won’t answer the phone if I see it is not a number I know. Please do something about it.

    Victims of cheaters

  • Ward is six

    Levi Kristopher Ward turned six years old on Oct. 4. He celebrated with a Redskins pool party at Wythe Rec Center. He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence.

    He has three brothers: Braeden, Luke and Grayson. His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley, and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward, and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Public record for 4/4/18 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 January in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • 50 years after death, locals look back at King’s legacy

    It has been 50 years since the loss of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but his influence on society still reverberates today in the opportunities and access that he fought for.

    Killed by an assassin’s bullet on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., King had accomplished so much in his 39 years ― leading marches from the streets of Selma to the nation’s capital to demand equal rights for all people, heading the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and winning the Nobel Peace Price.

  • Chase ends with crash, officer assault

    Staff Reports

    Caleb Michael Smith, 22, of Austinville, was arrested April 3 and charged after a pursuit that originated in Galax and went through parking lots, on the wrong side of the road and onto Interstate 77.

    Smith hit police cars, crashed his vehicle and allegedly assaulted an officer, according to a joint news release issued by the Galax Police Department, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Hillsville Police Department.

  • Grayson social services director charged

    Staff Report

    MARION — The director of the Grayson County Department of Social Services is facing multiple charges, following two incidents last month involving charges of intoxication.

    Anthony Glenn Isom, 31, of Marion, was charged by Grayson and Marion officers in the incidents, which occurred March 19 and 20.

    According to a report from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, a citizen called the sheriff’s office around 2 p.m. on March 19, reporting that they’d spotted a male subject walking, who appeared to be intoxicated.

  • Carroll court clerk's office makes changes

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Clerk of Court’s office has continued making improvements, with many technological enhancements focused on maximizing efficiency for citizens.

    The clerk’s office processes an extensive amount of data, documents and other public records — all of which have to be stored, while remaining easily accessible. Statistics and reports confirm that Carroll is now the second-highest in caseload in the 27th Judicial Circuit, with a 16 percent workload increase since the previous year.

  • Grayson edges Carroll; Galax falls at Glenvar

    Staff reports

    INDEPENDENCE –– Shawn Campbell and Grayson County carried a one-hitter into the seventh inning but had to weather a late Carroll County rally before the Blue Devils escaped with a 3-2 nondistrict win Thursday at the Grayson County Rec. Park.