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  • Protesters rally against bills tightening Va. election laws

    RICHMOND — On a crucial day in the General Assembly for legislative measures aimed at tightening Virginia’s election laws, several hundred people joined a Capitol Square rally on Tuesday where speakers lambasted the bills, calling them thinly veiled attempts to suppress minority voting rights.
    One key measure targeted by the protesters was up for preliminary approval on the House of Delegates floor Tuesday.

  • Cavaliers lock up Southwest titles

     RICHLANDS –– Carroll County swept a boys’-girls’ double-header Saturday at Richlands, locking up the regular season Southwest District championship for both teams.

    The Cavalier boys faced a much-improved Blue Tornado compared to the Richlands team it whipped by 52 points in December, earning a 59-54 win. Carroll wrapped up the season title, its first since 2006, by improving to 15-2 overall, 7-0 in the district. The two teams were even for three-fourths of the game, with a big third quarter the difference for the Cavaliers.

  • Tide, Cavs finally get it done

    HILLSVILLE –– That was sooooo worth waiting for.

    More than a month after Galax and Carroll County were scheduled to have played each other for the second time, the two teams got together Monday for their first and only meeting this season, swapping the lead an amazing 20 times before the Maroon Tide pulled away for a 49-43 nondistrict win.

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  • Bills would end limit on handgun purchases

    UPDATED 2/2/12:
    House passes repeal of handgun purchase limit

    RICHMOND ― The House of Delegates passed legislation Feb. 1 to repeal Virginia’s one-per-month limit on handgun purchases, a law that has been on the books for nearly two decades.
    House Bill 940 passed by a vote of 66-32 following a brief floor debate in which an opponent of the bill argued that Virginia would again become a haven for gun runners if it allows unlimited handgun purchases.

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  • Grayson grand jury issues 29 indictments


    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury met last Friday and returned 29 indictments against 10 people.
    A Troutdale man, Frank Jermaine Valentine, 28, was indicted on a charge of abducting a 15-year-old juvenile, according to the arrest warrant.
    Valentine was arrested by Cpl. Adam Horton of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department and placed in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin.

  • Group pushes to open Grayson prison

    YOU CAN TAKE ACTION — Download and print a copy of the prison support letter by clicking links at the end of this story. You'll also find names of General Assembly members who serve on the Senate Finance Committee and the House Appropriations Committee.

  • Turns 90

    Goldie Austin celebrated her 90th birthday Jan. 7, 2012, with a party at Woodlawn School cafeteria. Approximately 100 attended the party given by her son and daughter-in-law, Garfield and Sharon Austin along with her friends.

    Austin holds her cake with a then (age 18) and now photo. Her smile from both pictured is the same today.

  • Lineberry, James to marry

    Daryl and Rhonda James announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Ellen James, to Jeffrey Wayne Lineberry, son of Wayne and Lisa Lineberry.
    Lineberry is a 2007 graduate of Grayson County High school. He is employed with Asplundh Tree Expert Co.

    James is a 2008 graduate of Grayson County High School. She is employed with Virginia’s Home Health and Hospice in Rural Retreat and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing at King College.
    A March 31 wedding is planned at Baptist Union church in Troutdale. Friends and family are invited.