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Today's News

  • Woman airlifted after Woodlawn crash

    UPDATED:

    WOODLAWN – A Galax woman was involved in a single-vehicle accident last Friday after suffering an apparent medical problem.

    State Trooper R.D. Horton said Terry Conner, 56, was traveling west on U.S. 58 at 2:55 p.m. on March 3 when she ran off the right side of the highway, sideswiped a guardrail, crossed the median and both eastbound traffic lanes and struck an embankment.

  • Slow drivers keep right, or else

    The next time you’re driving down a highway in Virginia, late for an appointment, and you find traffic knotted behind somebody dawdling in the passing lane, ask yourself how much that inconvenience is worth.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe thought left-lane squatters should face a fine of $100 if they won’t move into the travel lanes; the initial legislative proposal from Del. Israel O’Quinn (who represents Galax and Grayson County) called for fines of $250.

  • Bills would have addressed distracted driving

    Landmark News Service and Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — Heather Munsterman of Manassas had her dream job as a police officer taken from her three years ago during a traffic stop when she was hit by a car going 40 mph.

    A student walking to get gas after running out on the way home from work was hit by a car going 60 mph.

    A mother and her baby were hit in a crosswalk. The baby died.

    Each of the drivers was distracted by a phone.

    Each quick glance at the device altered those Virginians’ lives.

  • King's Fork ends Carroll County's season

     SALEM –– King’s Fork closed the first half on a 6-2 run and opened the third quarter with nine straight points, rallying for a 56-47 win over Carroll County in the Group 4A girls’ state quarterfinals Thursday at the Salem Civic Center.

  • Town could lower speed limit near trail

    INDEPENDENCE — With the construction of Grayson County’s new recreation trail in place, and the presence of nearby businesses, Independence is looking into a resolution to potentially lower the speed limit on the eastern side of town.

    During the Feb. 14 meeting of the Independence Town Council, Police Chief James Wagoner addressed the issue, saying, “With the new bike trail and walking trail being so close to the road, and the speed limit at 45-55 miles per hour, that scares me a little bit.”

  • Tractor-trailer overturns at Exit 1 on I-77

    LAMBSBURG — A Michigan truck driver caused a massive traffic jam Monday at Love’s Truck Stop, off Exit 1 northbound on Interstate 77 in Carroll County.

    Virginia State Trooper Duane Blackburn said the accident occurred at 4:50 p.m. on Feb. 27 when a 2013 Kenworth tractor-trailer was turning into Love’s. It flipped over on its right side, falling against a guardrail and partially blocking the driveway.

  • Alford plea accepted in dog attack case

    INDEPENDENCE — John Terry Underwood II, charged in the 2016 dog attack death of 15-month-old Payton Lyrik Sawyers, entered a plea to three charges in Grayson County Circuit Court on March 2.

    Underwood, 52, of Independence, was scheduled for a two-day jury trial last week. He was indicted by a grand jury on three charges: failure to contain a vicious dog resulting in serious human injury, child abuse or neglect and felony homicide.

  • Fork in the road for Cavs

     HILLSVILLE –– Third seed or not, Carroll County can claim at least one advantage when the Cavaliers open play in the Group 4A girls’ basketball tournament tomorrow: the closest thing to home-court advantage of any team in the event.

  • Public record for 3/1/17 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded in July of 2016 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Grayson County schools close early for incoming storm

    A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Grayson County until 5 p.m. today, Wednesday.
    As a precaution, Grayson County Public Schools will close at 11 a.m.
    Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said that the closing time will allow bus drivers to transport students home, and return home safely themselves before a storm hits. News reports predict that the weather will impact the Grayson County area around 1 p.m.