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Today's News

  • 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.

  • VDOT uses helicopter to prevent rock slides on I-77

    HILLSVILLE – The Virginia Department of Transportation has used a new process in our area to prevent the possibility of rocks falling on Interstate 77.

    Last week, VDOT used a helicopter to install a metal mesh covering on rock faces bordering the southbound lanes of I-77 in Carroll County, which will affect the corridor from the North Carolina state line to mile marker 8 on Sugarloaf Mountain near Fancy Gap.

    Teams of workers also rappelled down the slope from the top on ropes to fasten the mesh in place.

  • Carroll receives grant to preserve court records

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Circuit Court has received a grant to aid in the restoration of deed books dating back to the 1800s.

    The $14.626 grant was awarded from the Circuit Court Records Preservation Program through the Library of Virginia.

    “This was the very first grant application I have ever completed and it was a success,” said Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court.

  • Cana man pleads guilty to drug charge

    Staff Report

    ROANOKE — A man from Cana has pleaded guilty to a federal drug conspiracy charge, according to U.S. Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr.

    Rebel Steiner Akers, 59, pleaded guilty June 29 in U.S. District Court in Roanoke to one count of conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

    “We will continue to devote all appropriate resources to combating the rise of methamphetamine trafficking in Southwest Virginia,” Fishwick said in a news release.