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Today's News

  • Schools solve bus loading dilemma

    INDEPENDENCE — Recent updates were made to Independence Elementary and the middle and high schools’ bus parking lots by the Grayson County Public Schools transportation department, allowing for smoother loading and departure at the end of the school day.

    During the Grayson County School Board’s Feb. 13 meeting, Charles Dickson of the school system’s transportation department, gave a brief summary of what had been done to improve the traffic from the parking lot.

  • Crime rate falling in Galax

    While the city had two homicides in 2016 — the first in several years — the Galax Police Department saw an overall decrease of 26 percent in total crimes reported last year, according to an annual report from Chief Rick Clark.

    Clark made his presentation at the Feb. 27 Galax City Council meeting. He said that last year, there were a total of 978 offenses, as opposed to 1,330 offenses in 2015.

  • Carroll County deputy dies in crash

    HILLSVILLE — Curtis Bartlett, a Carroll County Sheriff’s Department deputy, died in the line of duty last Thursday night, killed when his patrol car collided with a tractor-trailer while on the way to assist fellow officers involved in a chase.

    Though he met a tragic end, Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner said Bartlett, 32, died doing what he lived for: “He wanted to chase bad guys and catch them.”

  • Maintenance worker charged with sexual battery

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― An Independence man has been charged with one count of sexual battery, after allegedly making inappropriate contact with a tenant at Grayson Manor Apartments.

    Sgt. Matthew Adams of the Independence Police Department, who investigated the incident, said that he responded to a complaint on Jan. 3. The suspect, Dylan Michael Privett, was employed as a maintenance worker for the apartments, Adams said.

  • Juvenile charged in Railroad Ave. crash

    Staff Reports

    A two-vehicle accident on Feb. 27 at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and E. Grayson Street left one vehicle a total loss, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    A 2004 Peterbuilt 330 truck, operated by a Galax juvenile, was traveling west on Grayson Street and attempted to turn south onto Railroad, when it turned into the path of a 1989 Buick LeSabre operated by Ricky Lynn Bell, 59, of Fancy Gap, traveling east on Grayson, and struck it.

  • She's four

    Caitlynn Danielle Brewer turned four on Feb. 25, 2017. She is the daughter of Jamie and Summer Brewer of Galax. She has two brothers, Caleb and James.

    Her maternal grandparents are Mary and Sonny Newman of Galax. Her paternal grandparents are Glenda and Doug Forester of Galax. Her late grandfather was Jimmy Brewer of Fries.

  • He's six

    Eli Edward Harrison turned six on Feb. 24 and celebrated with a PAW Patrol-themed celebration with his parents, Claude and Ami Harrison; and sister Aaliyah Locklear.

  • Public record for 3/8/17

    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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in November of 2016 in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers Hotline 3/8/17

    Nice gesture
    Just want to say thank you for whoever bought supper for my husband and I at County Line on Friday night. Thank you very much and God bless you.

    Cluttered roadway
    Is there no ordinance in Carroll County against cluttering up our countryside? The mess along Glendale Road near Faddis Hill is an eye sore, not only to the people who live here, but visitors entering Galax. There is a law against littering. Shouldn’t there be a rule applying to this situation, too?

  • 'Thunder in the Hills' returns to courthouse

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Courthouse drama “Thunder in the Hills” returns to the historic courthouse during April.

    This play, which was a sellout for multiple performances in 2012 and 2014, tells the story of the tragic shooting that occurred in the courtroom on March 14, 1912 and of the consequences of the shooting.

    Local playwright Frank Levering wrote the play in 2012 for the centennial commemoration of the event.

    Many of the cast members from the past play will reprise their roles for this year’s performances.