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Today's News

  • Fries to hold pet owners responsible for animal antics

    FRIES — While a dog barked somewhere outside the meeting, as if in protest, Fries Town Council at its April meeting took action on an ordinance to address animal noises and other responsibilities of pet owners.
    Council members had heard concerns from citizens for some time about noise from barking dogs.

  • Program saves prisoners' lives, county's money

    INDEPENDENCE – Three years ago, Grayson County took the chance on a new alternative sentencing program that very few localities had tried. Today, the Day Report Center has provided the county a net savings of $149,000 and rising.
    Supervisors Chairman Mike Maynard remembers when a representative from Giles County came and spoke to Grayson officials about a Day Report Program, designed to keep non-violent offenders out of jail and help rehabilitate them into productive citizens.

  • Reid pleads guilty in officer assault

    HILLSVILLE — A 52-year-old Floyd County man indicted for attempted capital murder of a Carroll deputy pleaded guilty to two felony assault and battery charges in circuit court Monday.

  • Van would help paralyzed volunteer give back

    INDEPENDENCE — A local woman could win a handicapped-accessible van through a national contest sponsored by the non-profit National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.
    Althea Estey of Independence is paralyzed after what a friend describes as a bizarre accident.
    Estey, a well-known local artist and community volunteer, is listed on the NMEDA’s “Local Heroes” contest website. The contest is in recognition of Mobility Awareness Month.
    Her friend, Taphne Taylor, is encouraging people to vote for Estey so she can win the van.

  • She's two

    Paisley Brooke Snider turned two Feb. 1. She celebrated with a Dora the Explorer party at the Carroll County Public Library with family and friends. Her parents are Curtis and Lorie Snider.

    She has two older sisters, Paisley and Blair Snider. Her grandparents are Danny and Linda Deskins of Dugspur and Harold and Joyce Snider of Dublin and the late Kathy Snider. Her great-grandparents are Pauline Marshall of Laurel Fork and Freida Deskins of Hillsville. Her special aunts are Holly Choate and Gina Bigham.

  • Public record for 5/8/13 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 December of 2012 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Tide, Devils post high finishes

    Galax and Grayson County earned five scoring finishes each at the Buffalo Invitational track meet Friday at Floyd County High School.

    Grayson’s Tyler Pauley and the Maroon Tide’s Darian Brown placed in two events each. Pauley took home a pair of third-place finishes, in the 400 (53.60 seconds) and the 1600 (4:53.92) while Brown was third in the high jump (5-8) and sixth in the 110-meter hurdles (18.06).

  • Houk earns honors at Emory

    Tyler Houk, a Galax High School graduate and the son of Don and Rose Houk, received two awards at the Emory & Henry College awards day convocation on April 14.

    Houk was presented an award for being the Outstanding Senior in Physical Education, and an Exceptional Student Teaching in Physical Education award.

    Houk also played four years of football for Emory & Henry, and will graduate on May 4.

  • Davidson pitches Cavs to win; Devils rally with big 7th

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County notched a big Southwest District softball win on Tuesday as Gracie Davidson shut out Richlands on four hits in the Cavaliers’ 3-0 victory.

    Davidson walked one and struck out five on the day as Carroll County improved to 9-5 overall, 2-2 in SWD play. The young righthander had to work out of a pair of jams as Richlands had two runners on base in both the third and sixth innings, but only one Blue Tornado runner advanced past second base all day.

  • Callahan, Devils shut down Chilhowie 9-1

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County pitcher Chelsea Callahan wasn’t perfect all day. Just most of it.

    A sophomore, Callahan allowed just two baserunners, issued zero walks and got flawless defense behind her as the Blue Devils took a 9-1 softball win Tuesday in a nondistrict game at the Grayson County Recreation Park.