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  • 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.

  • Readers Hotline 3/1/17

    Wondering

  • 12 Ways Virginia's 2017 General Assembly Session Will Change Your Life

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Nearly 1,800 laws were passed during the 2017 General Assembly that wrapped Feb. 25.

    Many deal with industry minutiae (the number of menhaden fish allowed to be caught in a year) or super-narrow provisions (allowing retired conservation officers to carry concealed handguns without permits).

    But others could affect many of us in our daily lives when they take effect July 1. Here are a dozen.

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