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Today's News

  • Grayson pays bonuses after saving on insurance

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved a new ordinance earlier this month allowing the county the option to provide bonuses to its employees.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet prefaced the public hearing on Jan. 10 by pointing out that, according to state law, the county must pass the ordinance in order to provide any type of bonus above the salary for any of its employees.
    Sweet said the ordinance was brought up by the fact that most jurisdictions provide their employees with some form of bonus, usually around the holidays.

  • Investigators face mystery of man's identity

    ROANOKE — The chances of identifying the remains of an unknown subject found near Timber Road in Cana on April 1, 2012, hover around 10 percent, the assistant chief medical examiner for Virginia’s Western District said at a press conference Wednesday.
    The remains were found by a person picking up trash along the road.
    The investigation did not uncover the subject’s identity, so the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office sent the remains to the medical examiner’s office for help.

  • State tax refunds will arrive as debit cards this year

    If you usually receive your state tax refund by check, you’ll have to choose a new option.
    The 2012-2014 Appropriations Act approved by the 2012 General Assembly eliminated paper refund checks to save money.
    The state issued more than 1.2 million refund checks last year, and will save about $200,000 in printing and mailing costs annually under the new law.

  • Abduction, rape charges dropped

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    HILLSVILLE — Travis Slusher, 30, of Cana, was found not guilty of two abduction charges and one rape charge, and guilty of carnal knowledge, at a jury trial Jan. 14 in Carroll County Circuit Court.
    Slusher was arrested on Aug. 26, 2011, after the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department investigated reports of the abduction and rape of two minors, one under the age of 13.

  • He's one

    Jaxson Preston Stockner celebrated his first birthday Nov. 16 with a pirate themed pool party at the Galax Recreation Center with family and friends.

    He is the son of Ashley Stockner and Zeth Stockner. His grandparents are Tammey Osborne, Junior Osborne, Tommy Stockner and Cherie Stockner.

  • She's four

    Isabella “Izzie” Marshall turned four on Jan. 6. Her birthday was celebrated with a ScoobyDoo bowling party. She is the daughter of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall. Her sister is Cassie Marshall.

    Her grandparents are Randy and Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. Her great-grandparents are M.C. and Irene Bell, the late Verna Liddle, O’Neal & O’Needa Terry, and the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • Turns one

    Mason Ogle celebrated his first birthday Sept. 21 at home with family and friends.

    He had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle theme party. He is the son of Jared and Tammy Ogle and the grandson of Donnie and Janet Ogle and Kathy and Frank Delp.

  • Public record for 1/16/13 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 September in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville:

  • Readers' Hotline 1/16/13

    Temporary holdup
    A single Republican tried to block the raise against the veterans of the United States of America. If there wasn’t any veterans, there wouldn’t be no America.
    Editor’s note: You are referring to something that occurred more than four months ago and was quickly resolved and passed. The Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2012 took effect on Dec. 1. It was introduced by a Republican and had bipartisan support.

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  • Suspected drugs seized at home in Independence