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Today's News

  • Grayson's development plans move forward

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is nearing the halfway point of its five-year comprehensive plan that guides development, and county supervisors recently got an update on the previous year’s progress.

    Elaine Holeton, director of planning and community development, presented the update, highlighting the major points of Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2015.

  • Public record for 6/8/16 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 October of 2015 in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Readers Hotline 6/8/16

    Work hours
    This is about one of the plants. Instead of paying us four hours on Memorial Day, when they stopped having those chicken dinners they should have started paying us for eight hours instead of four hours.

    Rehashing the past

  • Andrews Farming bankruptcy raises questions

    Staff Reports

    ROANOKE — Court documents show that Andrews Farming of Hillsville has filed for bankruptcy, with a list of creditors that includes Carroll County, the Virginia Tobacco Commission and other state agencies and numerous produce vendors.

    The produce company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on May 5 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Roanoke. Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code provides for liquidation of a company — the sale of a debtor’s property and the distribution of the proceeds to creditors.

  • HoustonFest will celebrate 80 years of fiddlers' convention

    Staff Report

    Over the past five years, HoustonFest has presented and showcased a veritable who’s who of bluegrass and old-time music.

    Each year brings special and rare performances including the Banjo Jubilation in 2014 and the Orthophonic Joy Presentation in 2015, always paying tribute to the legendary artists of the region while featuring a strong focus on young up and coming artists.

  • Fries family charged for drugs, child endangerment

    Staff Reports

    FRIES — Following a complaint by a child protective services worker from the Grayson County Department of Social Services, investigators discovered alleged evidence of drug activity and child neglect at a home in Fries.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said that, prior to the complaint, officers knew that one of the residents at 165 West Main Street had pending charges for illegal possession of methamphetamine, which is a Schedule II controlled substance.

  • Bryson shares advice, encouragement for GHS grads

    This year’s graduation speaker at the Galax High School commencement ceremonies is Col. Eric Bryson, veteran, active officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, father and GHS graduate.

    Bryson, who grew up in Galax’s Oldtown community, will speak at the ceremony to be held Saturday morning.

    Bryson took a few minutes to answer questions and discuss the things that matter most to him with The Gazette. In true military style, Bryson’s words were clipped, factual and to the point.

  • One driver injured, another charged, in U.S. 58 crash

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― A Fries woman was charged with failure to yield the right of way, following a wreck on U.S. 58 at the intersection of Route 274, just across from Grayson Express on June 1.

    According to a police report from Virginia State Police Trooper J.A. Vaughan, Melinda L. Moore, 41, operating a 2012 Nissan, pulled into traffic from Grayson Express and struck a 2006 Mercury operated by Julia Phipps Bonham, 63, of Mouth of Wilson. The accident occurred at approximately 2:05 p.m.

  • New boss same as the old

    RADFORD –– Galax lost nearly three-quarters of its starting lineup after winning its second straight Group 1A boys’ soccer state championship last spring. The bad news for the three teams joining the Maroon Tide in this weekend’s state final four at Radford University is that right now, one would hardly notice.

  • Tide denied in region finals

     

    By ANDY BITTER

    The Roanoke Times

     

    Reprinted with permission.

     

    RINER — The Parry McCluer softball team already had a 1A East Region title to its credit from its state championship run last season.

    Now it has one from the West.