Today's News

  • Charges filed in Carroll chase

    HILLSVILLE — A 30-year-old Galax man fled from a Carroll County deputy last Friday and ended up crashing at Lead Mines Road, earning him multiple charges, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.
    At about 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 14, Deputy Sheriff Mark Dickerson observed a red Isuzu rodeo driving recklessly on U.S. 58.
    Dickerson tried to pull the vehicle over, but the suspect headed north on Interstate 77 instead.

  • Social Security announces 3.6% benefit increase

    Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 60 million Americans will increase 3.6 percent in 2012, the Social Security Administration announced.
    The 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment will begin with benefits that nearly 55 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2012.
    Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on Dec. 30, 2011.

  • Falls a leading, but preventable, danger to seniors

    We usually think of our home as the safest place to be, but the home is the most common location where people take a fatal fall, according to Senior Helpers, a group that helps seniors who wish to live at home.
    Each week, more than 30,000 Americans over the age of 65 are seriously injured from a fall. Nearly a third of those who survive that fall will live with injuries that will affect their independence the rest of their lives.
    The fall season is the time of year to promote Fall Prevention Awareness.

  • Arts Council to present 'Nunsense'


  • Public record for 10/19/11 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, 236-5178, ext. 213.


    These marriage licenses were recorded July 2-Aug. 18 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Matthew Ryan Shaffer, 21, Independence, and Kayla Marie Blevins, 20, Mouth of Wilson.

  • Event will benefit Hope House

    A benefit spaghetti dinner and auction for the Hope House homeless shelter in Galax will be held Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the Galax Elks Lodge.

    All proceeds will benefit the shelter.

  • Police car struck during pursuit

    Sean Dillian Tyler Hanks of Dugspur was arrested after a pursuit in Galax on Oct. 16.
    Hanks was arrested after Sgt. Shawny Jones attempted to stop him on Country Club Lane for expired registration, according to a Galax Police Department report.
    When Jones activated the lights on his patrol vehicle, Hanks fled west on Poplar Knob Road.
    He was stopped after he struck a vehicle operated by Officer Andrew Burnett at the intersection of Meadow Street and East Stuart Drive, police said.

  • Former CEO faces charges in Grayson and N.C.

    INDEPENDENCE — A Crumpler, N.C., man charged with embezzlement in Ashe County, N.C., and Grayson County, had his trial continued in Ashe County Superior Court on Oct. 3.
    Joe Weddington, 63 — the former CEO of the now-closed Independence Homes LLC — was charged in February with six counts of embezzlement in Ashe County.
    Weddington also was indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on embezzlement and money laundering charges.

  • School board makes more reductions to Phase III


  • Grayson schools accredited


    INDEPENDENCE — Steve Cornett, director of instruction and assessment for the Grayson County School System, gave the school board some welcome news at its Oct. 10 meeting.
    Cornett said all schools in the system are fully accredited and met all Standards of Learning (SOL) standards for the 2011-12 school year, as set by the Virginia Department of Education.
    It was the second consecutive year for the accreditation, which was based on data from the 2010-11 school year.