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Today's News

  • Byrds celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. John Byrd recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
    He is a native of Baywood and was graduated from Galax High School in 1951. Lorena Byrd is a native of Sheldon, Iowa.

    They met while students at Milligan College, Tenn., and were married in Paris, France, where he was stationed with the U.S. Army.
    John Byrd taught at Galax High School 1958-1966. Lorena held temporary teaching positions at Fries High School, Independence High School, Oakland Elementary, and Galax High.

  • A key player in old time

    A "VOICES OF THE TWIN COUNTIES" FEATURE  

     

    Still well remembered in music circles as a unique old time piano player, Haywood Blevins tells stories and tickles the keys in three CDs released by his daughter. Frances Moore, now of Wilkesboro, N.C., released the recordings as a tribute to her father, the well-respected musician who was born in Baywood in 1906.

  • Auction to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

     

  • Did they or didn't they? Farm tax causes confusion

    HILLSVILLE — The president of Carroll County Farm Bureau recently thanked the Carroll County board for cutting the farm equipment tax in half and a farmer said she didn't think that it was fair to the citizens — but the supervisors weren't all that sure whether they'd ever approved that action.
    Confusion became evident at a February meeting as Supervisor Sam Dickson expressed a need to correct the record about the decision that the county board had made at its January meeting.

  • Developer charged with embezzling

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    An Ashe County, N.C., developer who has connections with two developments in Grayson County has been arrested and charged with six counts of embezzlement.
    Lt. William Sands of the Ashe County Sheriff’s Department said Joe B. Weddington, 63, of Crumpler, N.C., was arrested Feb. 16.
    Sands said Weddington’s arrest came after a month-long investigation. The arrest was the result of $15,406.55 that Weddington allegedly converted to his own use.

  • Woman falls, struck by car

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville woman fell in a bank parking lot and while on the ground was hit by a vehicle Saturday at 11:55 a.m.
    According to a report from the Hillsville Police Department, Lois Akers fell at the Bank of America parking lot on Main Street and was unable to get to her feet.
    Police weren't certain why the woman could not get up again, but while she was down, the driver of a 1999 Chevy Blazer tried to back up and could not see Akers.
    Akers was struck. She was flown out by helicopter for medical attention.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/21/11

     

  • School construction will require more than bonds

    CLICK ON THE LINK AT THE END OF THE STORY TO READ THE FINANCIAL TEAM'S DOCUMENTS ABOUT THE SCOPE OF THE PHASE III PROJECTS

  • Carroll schools face budgeting challenges

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll schools finances for 2012 seem likely to feel pressure from all sides, school board members heard in the first presentation of the full budget proposal last Tuesday.
    Superintendent Greg Smith ticked off many challenges the staff faced when working up the proposal for the school board:
    First, there's a 9.4 percent increase for employees' health insurance and an increase in Virginia Retirement System rates.
    Then, Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds are coming to a halt.

  • Sweet to serve three years

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man will serve three years and be on probation for 20 years following a sentencing hearing in Grayson County Circuit Court on March 9.
    Fred Lee Sweet, 68, was convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual battery during his trial on June 17, 2010. The offenses occurred in April 2007 and involved a girl who was five years old at the time.
    Sweet was registered with the Virginia Statewide Sex Offender Registry on March 1.