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Today's News

  • Public record for 9/8/10 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded May 27-June 30 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Leonard, Hanks to marry

    Tim Hanks and Jessica Leonard will marry Oct. 2, 2010 at a secret location.

  • Hortons celebrate 50th anniversary

    Ranza and Doris Horton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 6.
    They were married by the Rev. Donald Clay, a Church of the Brethren pastor, at his home in Willis.

    They have lived 44 years on Oak Grove Road in Austinville.
    The couple enjoyed a weeks vacation at Holden Beach, N.C., with all their grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and daughter, and then a surprise party at Carter’s Park with family.

  • APCo issues base rate refunds in Va.

    About 40 percent of Appalachian Power’s Virginia residential customers will see a credit on their next electric bill, the company said Monday.
    The credit is the result of the Virginia State Corporation Commission’s July order in the company’s 2009 base rate case request in which the SCC approved a rate lower than what the company temporarily collected on an interim basis last winter.

  • Stolen truck recovered in N.C.

    INDEPENDENCE — A pickup truck stolen from Lightning Lube on U.S. 58, just outside Independence, has been recovered in a parking lot in Greensboro, N.C.
    Chief Deputy Mike Hash of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department said the 1987 Mazda, owned by Lightning Lube, was taken some time between 5:30 p.m. Aug. 27 and when the business was opened Aug. 29.
    The pickup was reported stolen and a Greensboro police officer spotted it.
    Hash said no arrests had been made in the case and the investigation is continuing.

  • Carroll proposes AmerLink settlement

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll officials may have found a better way to end the county's entanglements with AmerLink and Pro-Form Construction than a full-blown trial in bankruptcy court, now that the owner of the two companies has been hit with a $25 million lawsuit.

  • Building Enthusiasm

    HILLSVILLE — Students, educators, churches and community members will build a new home on a foundation laid by organizers of the Greater Carroll County Chapter of the Fuller Center for Housing.

  • Galax offers citizens prescription discount program

    The City of Galax will soon introduce a program providing its residents with a new tool that can provide some relief from the high cost of prescriptions.
    The city is making free prescription drug discount cards available to all city residents through a program sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC). The discount cards offer average savings of 20 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.
    The cards will be available on Oct. 12. A future announcement will provide information on how and when residents may obtain them.

  • Immigrants can no longer use employment papers to get driver's license

    Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles will no longer accept a federal employment document provided to immigrants as proof of legal presence as part of an application for a state driver’s license or identification card.
    That mandate from Gov. Bob McDonnell comes amid concerns about whether the document reflects a person’s status in the country.
    In a statement, the governor’s office said that an individual can possess that work authorization form even if deportation is pending.

  • Police warn of scam in Western Grayson

    Police are warning senior citizens living in the western end of Grayson County about flim-flammers working in their area.
    Chief Deputy Mike Hash of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department said a man and woman traveling in a white van recently stopped at homes in the Mouth of Wilson area.
    They told homeowners that they wanted to cut some brush and put flags in their yards.
    Hash said one elderly woman paid $3,500 to get her driveway topped.