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Today's News

  • Public record for 11/14/12 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 July in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Missing juvenile found

     

  • Body found in Fries could be that of missing man

    HILLSVILLE  — The Facebook page dedicated to the search for Sam Sheehi of Fries became a memorial over the weekend, after searchers found what they believe to be the missing man’s body on Saturday near his home.
    Family members organized the search around the home of the 32-year-old Sheehi, who had been missing since Oct. 10.

  • Veterans' memorial takes shape in Galax

    After years of planning, a veterans monument's first pieces are finally in place.

  • Independence revitalization plan revealed

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence was recently selected as one of only seven towns in the region to receive a sustainable communities grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, which will allow for improvements to be made to the town’s overall appearance in an attempt to attract more tourists and entrepreneurs.

  • Third time no charm

    ELLISTON –– With six starters back from a team that reached the Division 2 state semifinals a year ago, Auburn has been a solid favorite to return to the state final four in 2012.

    The Eagles, now competing in Division 1, sure looked the part Thursday.

    Auburn rung up its 24th win – its 22nd by a 3-0 count – in the Region C Division 1 finals, pounding Galax 25-12, 25-14, 25-13 at Eastern Montgomery High School.

  • Chilhowie no problem for Galax

    Galax pounded the ball on the ground for 345 yards Friday night en route to a 45-19 opening round win over Chilhowie in the Western Section Division I playoffs at home.

    The Maroon Tide (7-4) averaged 8.6 yards per carry despite playing without their top running back Donte Peoples, who suffered a season ending injury the week before.

    Younger brother Steven Peoples carried the load during the first quarter, scoring four of Galax’s first five touchdowns.

  • Grayson grounds Hawks

    INDEPENDENCE –– A new champion will be crowned in Group A Division 2 this year. It may or may not be Grayson County, but the Blue Devils made sure there would be no repeat by Gretna.

    Eighth-seeded Grayson took a commanding 31-7 halftime lead and fought off second half rally by the No. 9 Hawks, holding on for a 44-31 win in the Western Section Division 2 playoffs Friday at Bill Strong Field.

  • Woman charged in death of trooper

    A woman has been charged in the death of a Virginia State Trooper with ties to the Twin Counties.
    State police last Wednesday charged a Hanover County woman in the October death of Trooper Andrew D. Fox.
    Angelica C. Valencia, 27, of Doswell, is charged with one count of reckless driving.
    Police say Valencia was driving the 1992 Jeep Cherokee that struck and killed Fox on the night of Oct. 5, while he was directing traffic outside the Virginia State Fair.

  • Fries men face drug charges after traffic stop

    Two Fries men are charged in connection with a Nov. 2 traffic stop in Galax that led to drug-related charges.
    Police said that drugs were found after Officer Trevor Jefferson pulled over a vehicle operated by Ronnie Aaron Piner.
    Piner was originally pulled over for a traffic violation, police said, and further observation led Jefferson to investigate further.
    A search of Piner turned up drug paraphernalia, according to a police report. (Piner was not included in a previous newspaper report about the traffic stop.)