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Today's News

  • Renters: Know Your Rights

    The Fair Housing Act
    (FHA) prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin and disability. The FHA is part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968

    When Can The Landlord Enter My Apartment?
    In Virginia, landlords are required by law to provide 24 hours notice before entering rental property in non-emergency situations.

  • Crossroads Success Stories — Part Two

    THE ENTREPRENEURS: SECOND IN A SERIES

    Crossroads teaches McCraw business realities
    From incubator to his own insurance agency in just two years

  • Grayson prison stalled

    As construction at a state prison entrance near Independence delays traffic, plans to actually open the facility may be stopped indefinitely.

  • Grayson prison stalled

    As construction at a state prison entrance near Independence delays traffic, plans to actually open the facility may be stopped indefinitely.

  • 'Unfair' housing alleged

    A group of about 10 Glendale Apartments residents stood on the side of Glendale Road below the Galax housing complex on Monday to protest what they claimed to be unfair housing practices.
    Some held signs that stated, “Stop violating out 4th amendment to the constitution,” “Racism is dead...,” “Poor people have rights, too” and “This is not fair housing.”

  • Grayson residents receive warrants

    INDEPENDENCE — Some Grayson County citizens say they are upset after receiving a notice of delinquent trash fees and a copy of a civil warrant, even though they say they were not billed for garbage service.
    According to about a dozen citizens who called, e-mailed or wrote letters to the newspaper, they received a letter notifying them that their trash fee must be paid by Aug. 6, otherwise a warrant — a civil claim for money — will be issued.
    If the warrant is issued, then the citizens will have to appear in Grayson County District Court.

  • Grayson Circuit Court unseals indictments

    INDEPENDENCE — Three indictments that were sealed by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on July 23 have been unsealed.
    An indictment indicates that a grand jury found evidence for a case to go to trial, and does not indicate guilt.
    Stanley D. Brewer, 46, of Fries, was indicted on five charges:
    • conspiracy to sell, give or distribute a schedule III controlled substance (hydrocodone)
    • sale, give or distribution of a schedule III controlled substance (hydrocodone)

  • The Body Shop specializes in custom autos

    The Body Shop, located at 1875 Meadow St. in Galax, opened in May to offer high-quality body work — everything from painting to building custom mold and body kits to fiberglass and metal work.
    Chris Davis, owner of the shop, specializes in rare cars, he said, as he showed the 1988 McClaren Mustang he's working on — one of only 200 of those cars made.

  • River Hill Church celebrates a century

    Long before they had a home, River Hill Christian Church members were gathering in Carroll County fields and baptizing in ponds, mud holes and creeks.
    Their faith bound them tighter than the walls of any church, but they could only stay outside for so long.

  • Public record for 8/4/10 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 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded April 24-May 26 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence: