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Today's News

  • Arson charge filed in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man has been charged with arson for allegedly setting fire to his deceased neighbor's home.

    On April 22, deputies from the Grayson County Sheriff's Office responded to a suspected arson at 7052 Carsonville Road in Independence.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said that the owner of the residence, Oscar Lee Young, had been hospitalized in Winston-Salem, N.C., and passed away that same day from an unrelated illness.

  • Massive tax increase could be required

    INDEPENDENCE — A 120-percent increase in Grayson’s real estate tax levy would be necessary to pull the county out of its financial hole in a 12-month period, supervisors learned last week.

    County officials have cited a possible deficit of $5.5 million by year’s end in previous meetings, so it comes as no surprise that Grayson would need to increase its traditionally low tax levy.

  • Jones indicted on murder charge

    INDEPENDENCE — Danielle Nicole Ilene Jones, 22, of Galax has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge in the fatal shooting of her brother, Mathew Jackson Jones, 18, of Galax.

    A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury returned the indictment on April 23. It is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

    According to report from the Galax Police Department, officers received a call about 2 a.m. on Dec. 14, 2009, to 202 Kenbrook Drive. Police officers found Jones’ body inside the home.

  • Car runs off road, hits house in Carroll

    A vehicle that went out of control at 4825 Buckwoods Road Saturday afternoon caused $30,000 in damage to a home there.

    The accident occurred at about 2 p.m. when a 2002 Dodge Durango, driven by Joy Nicole Lawrence, 27, of Galax ran off of the road to the right, according to a police report by Virginia State Police Trooper K.D. Blackburn.

  • Bond set in high-speed chase case

    HILLSVILLE — A suspect in a drug investigation and high speed chase with officers from five localities got a $100,000 bond in a Carroll General District Court hearing last Friday, but prosecutors are appealing the ruling.

    Donald Scott Vaughan, 52, of Galax allegedly left the scene of a drug buy — set up by the Claytor Lake Drug Task Force near Exit 14 off Interstate 77 on April 15 — before the purchase could take place.

  • WCC enrollment up from 2009

    Students attending Wytheville Community College classes at the Crossroads Institute make up 20 percent of the college's enrollment, said Dr. Charles White, as he updated Galax City Council on April 12.

    WCC has an enrollment of 3,783 students, with 273 students from Galax and 93 Galax High School students enrolled in college credit classes.

    Enrollment at WCC, he said, has gone up 40 percent in four years, and is up 18.9 percent from a year ago.

  • Cavaliers drop tough loss to Abingdon

    HILLSVILLE -- Abingdon scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning Saturday to edge Carroll County 4-3 in a Southwest District game. The Cavaliers had taken a 15-0 road loss to the Falcons just four days earlier, but were three outs away from a 3-2 win when Olivia Moore stroked a two-run single to put Abingdon over the top. Amber Cannaday scored on a wild pitch for a 1-0 Cav

  • Tazewell halts Maroon Tide’s tournament run

     BLUEFIELD -- Even though rain was in the forecast for early Saturday afternoon at Bowen Field, the only thing that poured were hits and runs.

  • Closer, but not over the hump

    Less than three weeks after giving up a 5-1 loss to Floyd County, Galax was on even terms with the Buffaloes for 72 minutes before settling for a 2-1 setback in a nondistrict girls’ soccer match Monday. With the score knotted at 1-all, Floyd County’s Brooke Williams launched a high arcing shot from a steep angle near the right side of the 18-yard box.

  • Public record for 4/28/10 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, call Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in July in the Carroll County General District Court office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed: