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Today's News

  • 'Fancy Gap' novel tops Amazon charts

    FANCY GAP — Only one author with Carroll County ties has topped the Amazon sales charts for an action-adventure series.
    David “Bubba” Gelly saw possibilities in the infamous fog of Fancy Gap — as a shroud of mystery for the setting in his fictional thriller.
    To write "Fancy Gap," Gelly combined his experience as a corporate security supervisor with his love of writing and his interest in the local culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains to pen this tale of a loathsome crime.

  • Public record for 3/27/13 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in January in the Grayson County General District Court office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • VIDEO: Galax Middle School Choir performance

     

    The Galax Middle School Choir recently entertained the city's school board with a selection of songs. At the board's February meeting, the choir lined up behind a row of shelves in the GHS library, where they performed two songs: "Hot Chocolate" and "Amani Utupe Na Ustawi," which means "Grant us peace, give us courage" in Swahili. Four members of the choir have made it into the all-district choir, while nine submissions had been accepted for the state middle school choir.

  • Grayson leaders discuss school projects, budget

    INDEPENDENCE — Superintendent Kevin Chalfant’s new ideas and goals for the next school year in Grayson County include completing a $60,000 renovation project to improve athletic facilities at the high school and increasing staff salaries by 3 percent.
    Chalfant shared his ideas March 18 at a combined meeting of the Grayson Board of Supervisors and Grayson School Board to discuss the county’s 2013-14 education budget.

  • Horton fined for federal 'puppy mill' violation

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A former Hillsville commercial dog breeder, convicted in 2008 of misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty and neglect in Carroll County, now faces federal penalties after an enforcement action by a U.S. Department of Agriculture official.
    A November 2011 complaint filed by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) program accused Lanzie Carroll  "Junior" Horton Jr. of doing business without the necessary dealer’s license as required under the federal Animal Welfare Act.

  • Drug task force seizes meth, pot... and go-cart

    A Baywood man charged in a drug distribution investigation had several items seized when police raided his home — including his go-cart.
    On March 22, members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Twin County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the home of Randy Eugene Osborne at 3170 Old Baywood Road near Galax.

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  • Renovations address ADA compliance

    INDEPENDENCE — The restrooms in the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence soon will be fully handicapped-accessible, according to 1908 Courthouse Foundation Board Vice President Ken Winans.

  • Church for sale, any denominations accepted

    HILLSVILLE — There will be no revival for Fellowship Wesleyan Church. Instead, the facility will be sold after the pastor moves to New York.
    After Alan Page came to Hillsville in 2009, he tried to get the word out that the church was still pursuing its mission.
    Many didn’t even know the church continued to hold services. Despite erecting a new cross in front of church on Virginia Street, visible from U.S. 58, people still thought it had been shuttered.

  • Bunny Haven rescues rabbits

    Bunnies aren't always the best choice for an Easter present. A Galax rescue group offers a second chance for rabbits who have been abandoned, abused or neglected.