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Today's News

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 20

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 20 people on 27 charges last Friday.

    Charges ranged from a third DWI offense in 10 years to assault of a police officer.

    Indictments included:

    • Jassen Allen Jones — practice profession after license suspension.

    • Jeffery Lee Kilby — possession of a schedule II controlled substance (meth).

    • Marcia Lee Williams — DWI (third offense in 10 years).

    • James Edward Clyburn — communicate threat in writing at school.

  • Ferguson pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder

    INDEPENDENCE — A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in a death caused by a drug overdose and will spend the next eight years in prison.

    Daniel Laymond Ferguson, of 340 Grayson Street in Fries, pleaded guilty Friday morning in Grayson County Circuit Court to one count of second-degree murder and one count of distributing a Schedule II drug to a minor.

    The charges stemmed from the November 2008 death of Zachary Dale Towler, 17, of 328 Grayson Street in Fries.

  • Tide, Bears seek good finish

    Galax and Bland County aren’t particularly huge rivals on the football field.

  • RipTide travels to USA Swim meet

    The Galax Rip Tide went to its first USA swim meet of the 2009-10 season on Oct. 24-25 at the Gator Halloween Classic in Roanoke, hosted by the Virginia Gators Swim Team.  In the morning session on Saturday, Savanna Lumpkin started things off right in the 100-meter individual medley by earning her first-ever B motivational time for USA Swimming for girls 10-under in the girls’ 9-year-old division.

  • Galax picks up first MED win

     BASTIAN -- Galax sophomore Jordan Vaughan carried 25 times for 185 yards and Galax used a quick start to roll past Bland County 20-6 in a Mountain Empire District game Friday.

  • Tide boys, Devil girls win MED

    HILLSVILLE -- For the 19th time in its 21 years of existence, Galax won the Mountain Empire District boys’ cross country championship, placing four runners among the top five on a bright sunny day Wednesday at the Southwest Virginia Training Center. The title was the third straight for the Maroon Tide, which was led by individual champion Travis Cockerham, who posted a winning time of 18 minutes, two seconds to outrun Grayson County’s Jimmy Oli

  • Grayson blasts Green Wave

    INDEPENDENCE -- Three games ago, it seemed as if Grayson County couldn’t buy a win.

  • Richlands rolls after half

    HILLSVILLE -- Finding itself caught up in a close game at halftime is nothing new to Richlands this year.

  • Suspect faces federal charge in Hillsville robbery

     ROANOKE — A 50-year-old New Castle man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with an Aug. 6 bank robbery in Hillsville.

    Richard Donald Hawes was originally charged with the robbery of Grayson National Bank under state law, but that charge will be dismissed in favor of a federal prosecution.

  • Governor announces 55 new jobs in Grayson

    RICHMOND — Governor Timothy Kaine today announced that Carolina Profile Design Corp., a lithographic commercial printing company, will invest $3 million to expand in Grayson County, creating 55 jobs. The company will add a metal machining process to its existing operations. Virginia successfully competed with Illinois, North Carolina and Pennsylvania for the project.