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Today's News

  • Hillsville man charged with meth possession

    A Hillsville man was arrested Aug. 3 in Galax on drug charges.

    According to the Galax Police Department, Harley David Phillips, 34, was arrested and charged with violating the Drug Control Act.

    Phillips was charged by Officer Chris Hines, who had responded to a residence on Petty Road in Galax. During Hines’ investigation, he discovered a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, according to a police report.

    “Phillips admitted that he had distributed a portion of the substance before it was discovered by Hines,” the report said.

  • Grayson approves commercial recreation events

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County supervisors have unanimously approved a special use permit that will allow various recreational events in Fries after a trial event went off without any issues earlier this year.

    Crystal Leonard applied for a permanent special use permit for a parcel of land that is zoned Rural Farm Zone, after a successful ‘mud bog’ event held earlier this year was successful.

  • Charges issued in chain-reaction crashes

    Names and charges were released Monday morning as the result of multiple accidents that occurred within two-tenths of a mile of each other on Interstate 77 in Carroll County last Friday.

    According to Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. Mike Musser, the string of incidents began at 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 1, in the southbound lane between mile markers 2.6 and 2.8.

  • Tomorrow's talents take the stage

    The 79th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention opened Aug. 4 with youth competition, showcasing the best up-and-coming artists in bluegrass and old-time music.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/6/14

    Harassing orangutans
    We had to pay the Indian people for taking their property. I think the people in the rain forest taking the orangutans’ land where they won’t have any place to go, need to pay big-time, too, or made completely to stop harassing the orangutan animals.  

    Seats for Grayson

  • Ramey, Adams to marry

    Melissa Mullins of Galax announces the engagement of her daughter, Alisha Ramey, to Mark Adams Jr. of Galax.

    Ramey is a graduate of George Wythe High School and attends Bluefield College.
    Adams was graduated from Galax High School and is employed with Hill’s Trucking Co.
    A September wedding is planned.

  • Public record for 8/6/14 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 in February in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Moped driver killed in U.S. 52 wreck

    HILLSVILLE — A moped driver was killed in a collision with a logging truck on U.S. 52 today, according to police at the accident scene.

    Virginia State Police identified the victim as Aubrey Lee Matney of Hillsville.

    According to Virginia State Police Senior Trooper R.B. Phipps, Matney was driving a moped south on 52 — south of Hillsville, near Sunnyside — in the far right lane.

    The log truck, operated by Andrew Belford Lawson of Hillsville, was following the moped, and attempted to go around him.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/4/14

    Spiffing up
    I was pleased to see the Galax Beautification Committee has re-organized. I have a suggestion for the group. Many years ago, dogwood trees were planted in the center of the four-lane from Fries Road to the city limits at the caution light. They did not survive. However, it would look very nice if the Bartlett Pear trees were planted like the ones that are growing from Country Club Lane to McDonald’s. Also, if you enter town from Route 89 side, it is unattractive. It would be nice if improvements could be made to the south side of town.

  • 'Mud bog' a success, seeks long-term permit

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Planning Commission has approved a long-term special use permit to allow year-round commercial recreation events on the property of James Carico, near 206 Cattle Drive in Fries.

    After the property hosted a “Mudder’s Day Mud Bog Festival” that attracted more than 500 attendees in May, event organizer and zoning applicant Crystal Leonard contacted the commission about obtaining the permit so that the location could host future activities and festivals.