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Today's News

  • Man charged with shooting into house

    MOUTH OF WILSON — A Mouth of Wilson man is in custody after allegedly shooting into an occupied home in Grayson County.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Ray Bush Love, 77, of 1101 Woodcrest Rd. in Mouth of Wilson, has been charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, reckless use of a firearm and trespassing after an altercation at 3696 Highlands Parkway in Mouth of Wilson.

    The Sheriff's Office responded to the home last Tuesday morning after a report of shots being fired.

  • New school still on schedule

    INDEPENDENCE — One of the final pieces of constructing a new school in the western end of Grayson County will begin shortly, after the school board awarded a bid for the septic system at Grayson Highlands School.

    The school system received four bids, according to Personnel Director Chad Newman, with the low bid coming from New River Construction in the amount of $159,900.

    Board Member Gary Burris motioned to accept the bid during the regular school board meeting Nov. 9 and it was seconded by Board Member Hobert Baily. The motion passed unanimously.

  • Public record for 12/2/09 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, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Sept. 16-Oct. 30 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence.

    Lucille Carr and others to Carolyn L. Cox. 10.661 acres in the Oldtown District. $2,500.

  • Warriors upset Cavs 36-13

     HILLSVILLE -- It was only fitting that Magna Vista headed up Lover’s Leap to the high ground for its Region IV Division 4 first-round game at Carroll County. The Warriors have been on the rise for more than a month now.

  • Radford outlasts Maroon Tide

    BUENA VISTA -- Radford and Galax battled one another for more than two hours and through 222 points.

  • Van Acker steps down at Galax

     After just three seasons, Jared Van Acker has resigned as head football coach at Galax High School.

  • Letters to the Editor for 10/26/09-10/28/09

    State, local candidates endorsed

    I am voting for the candidates whom I feel are best qualified and who best understand our southwestern region of the state.

    I am voting for Virginia Sen. Creigh Deeds for governor, Jody Wagner for lieutenant governor, and Steve Shannon for attorney general.

    I feel they will carry the projects and ideals forward which U.S. Senator Mark Warner and Gov. Tim Kaine began. I applaud them both. They are running for these governmental positions because of their deep commitment to our state.

  • Breaking the Circle of Violence

    Isaiah 42:3-4a — “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope.”

     

    They are all around us. 

    These people are bruised. They have had blood vessels broken under the skin from the impact of being hit. They are bruised reeds. 

    They aren’t completely broken but they are devastated and depressed. 

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/2/09-11/4/09

    Buy local, build economy

    I was pleased to see Patrick Butler's letter asking readers to "bring change and buy local," supporting our local business owners. I would like to emphasize another reason to do so: the multiplier effect.

    When you spend a dollar at a locally owned business, that dollar is likely to circulate several times in our community, multiplying its impact on the local economy, while a dollar spent at a large chain business will likely leave the area after that one transaction.

  • Don't call it grassroots

    Letting people have their say in the appropriate venue is always a good thing.

    If thinking about a certain topic — say an electric utility's requested rate increase in recessionary times — creates a burning feeling in the pit of a citizen's stomach, it's that person's right to speak up.

    This especially applies if that regular joe needs to express those thoughts to government bureaucrats.