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Today's News

  • Prosecutor expects to seat jury quickly

    INDEPENDENCE — Jury selection for the murder trial of George Albert Harper III will begin on the morning of the trial, which is now set for the week of July 25 in Grayson County Circuit Court, according to Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught.

    Harper, who is charged in the 2002 shooting death of Galax High School student Brandon Billings, is the second suspect to be tried in this case. Last year, Chad Allen Reeves was put on trial for the murder, and was found not guilty.

  • Grayson hopes to continue budget momentum

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors met April 4 to discuss the theme, mission, goals, strategies and objectives of the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget.

    In a presentation by County Administrator Jonathan Sweet, the budget theme was proposed as “Continuing the momentum.”

  • State song to debut at HoustonFest

    Staff Report

    Acclaimed bluegrass singer Amber Collins will debut her performance of Virginia’s new anthem on June 11 at HoustonFest.

    Collins will be introduced by Kylene Barker McNeill, originally from Galax, who made history in 1979 as the first Miss Virginia to become Miss America.

  • New guidelines advise caution with opiod prescriptions

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — A state hospital association released guidelines Tuesday to tackle opioid abuse, taking particular aim at prescriptions given in emergency rooms.

    The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association has been working since January crafting the guidelines, which advise scrutiny of prescriptions for people in chronic pain.

  • Readers' Hotline 4/13/16

    Having a say

  • He's two

    Luke Harvey Ward turned two on Jan. 28. He celebrated with a farm animal birthday party with his family and friends.

    He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence. He has two older brothers, Braeden and Levi. His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley, and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Celebrate 50 years

    Roger and Carolyn Horton Farmer of Woodlawn celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 6.
    They have two sons and six grandchildren.

    They plan to celebrate with a trip out west this summer.

  • She's five

    Paisley Brooke Snider turned five Feb. 1. She celebrated with a Scooby-Doo party with family and friends Her parents are Curtis and Lori Snider. She has an older sister, Palin Snider. Her grandparents are Danny and Linda Deskins of Dugspur and Harold and Joyce Snider of Dublin and the late Kathy Snider. Her aunt is Holly Choate.

  • Public record for 4/13/16 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Aug. 4-31 in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Nine seeking seats on Fries Town Council

    FRIES — Nine candidates are vying for seven seats on Fries Town Council this year, with many shared objectives in seeing the town grow through recreational and business development through several ongoing projects.

    Fries has made headlines many times over the past year with the sale of the old mill property and other downtown properties; the implementation of a “LOVEWorks” sign; a new information center; and most recently, the announcement of the long-awaited Fries Depot project being put up for bids.