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Today's News

  • Property seizure presents problems

    By Sandra Felts, Austinville

  • Fiddlers' contestant registration holds steady

    Registration for the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention is down only 17 contestants overall from 2012, the smallest drop in registration numbers in several years.
    The registration figures were released by the Galax Moose Lodge #733, organizers of the 78-year-old event, the world’s largest gathering of bluegrass and old-time fans and musicians.

  • Pennsylvania man charged with assault, kidnapping

    HILLSVILLE — A 40-year-old man from Vandergrift, Pa., faces charges of kidnapping and assault from an Aug. 1 domestic dispute at Best Western, according to Hillsville Police Chief Greg Bolen.
    First Sgt. Robby Martin and officers Billy Anauo and Josh
    Edwards responded to a report of a domestic dispute at about 2 a.m., the chief said. Authorities also received a call from a female who reported she was being held against her will in her motel room.
    Upon the officers' arrival at the Best Western, they found a boyfriend and girlfriend in the room.

  • A bolder kind of exercise

    MOUTH OF WILSON ― Park officials, volunteers and outdoor enthusiasts gathered at Grayson Highlands State Park on Saturday to introduce the Split Rock Trail, a new 1.3-mile loop trail that offers both hiking and climbing opportunities to the public.

  • Mayor leads Hillsville clean-up effort

    HILLSVILLE — One month after Hillsville Town Council updated an ordinance on clearing trash and brush off properties, the mayor indicated he plans to lead by example and clean up his own land.
    Council worked with Town Manager Travis Jackson in June to approve its ordinance on “removal of brush and trash by town,” and Mayor Greg Crowder said at the July 22 council meeting that having a good appearance could bring in benefits for Hillsville.

  • Fourth treasurer candidate enters race

    INDEPENDENCE — George R. “Dicky” Whitaker has officially announced his candidacy for the position of Grayson County treasurer.
    Whitaker said he will run as an independent. “I feel that the Lord has opened a door up for me to pursue,” he said in a press release.

  • Thousands of fiddlin' fans will pack park Sunday morning

    Galax’s population will soar in the coming week, as thousands of fiddlin’ fans descend on the city. Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 78th Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention. The competition opens Monday night and lasts through Aug. 10.
    Most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers will show up Sunday to set up camp.

  • State warns of property scam

    The Virginia Department of the Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Program is warning consumers of a new scam targeting potential owners of unclaimed property.
    According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, a fraudulent e-mail is circulating in parts of the country, claiming to be from a non-existent NAUPA regional auditor, Alexis James.
    The message promises a large sum of money is waiting to be claimed from a deceased relative and can be claimed in exchange for detailed personal information.

  • National Night Out events planned for Aug. 6

    Galax and Independence will both hold National Night Out Against Crime events on Aug. 6.
    National Night Out, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is a community-police awareness event that takes place in areas all over the United States. It is always held the first Tuesday of August.
    The events are organized by local police departments, non-profit organizations and volunteer departments. The goal is to increase awareness of police programs in the community, including drug prevention, neighborhood watches, and other crime prevention efforts.

  • Public record for 7/31/13 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 May 17-June 3 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville: