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Today's News

  • Armed suspect fatally shot by police

    INDEPENDENCE — Virginia State Police are continuing an investigation into the shooting death of an armed suspect by Grayson County Sheriff’s Department officers on Tuesday night.

    The suspect, Jimmie Knight Smith, 55, of 423 Powerhouse Road in Independence, was killed during an incident where he allegedly threatened to kill officers and pointed a semiautomatic rifle at them.

  • Public record for 9/18/17 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in May in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Guns stolen from Galax pawn shop

    Galax police are investigating a break-in at Gardner’s Pawn Shop, in which several handguns were stolen.

    On Monday at approximately 1:28 a.m., Officer Trevor Jefferson of the Galax Police Department located an alarm activated at the pawn shop at 113 W. Grayson Street downtown.

    Upon investigating, a window was found to be broken at the front of the business, according to a police report. Sgt. Jody Poole and Jefferson searched the building and found the business had been entered and several guns taken.

  • Driver charged in Delhart Rd. wreck

    Staff Report

    A driver from Sparta, N.C. was charged with driving under the influence after he allegedly ran off the road and crashed his vehicle last Friday, seriously injuring a passenger.

    According to a Virginia State Police report, Daniel Hartzog Osborne, 29, was operating a 1998 Ford Explorer on Delhart Road the night of Sept. 15 Friday, about one tenth of a mile south of Nexus Road in Grayson County, when he ran off the road to the right, striking a tree.

    The vehicle was carrying two passengers: Cody Brackens, 26; and Jorden Garris, 27.

  • State police warn public about traffic ticket scam

    Staff Report

    Virginia State Police is warning all Virginians of an email scam that advises individuals they are receiving an “automated traffic ticket” from the state police.

    Virginia State Police said in a news release that it “does not use or issue digital/automated traffic tickets or summonses.”

    Anyone receiving such an email should delete it and not click on any links provided in the email.

  • Shock and awe

    Seven Galax players combined for eight first-half touchdowns Friday and the Maroon Tide raced past Rural Retreat 63-7 in a Mountain Empire District game at Galax High School.

    Galax, winner of three straight games, built a halftime lead of seven touchdowns or more for the second week in a row, winning for the third straight week after an opening-night loss to Glenvar.

    The Maroon Tide (3-1 overall, 1-0 MED) scored three rushing touchdowns, three passing touchdowns and two TDs on returns, all in the first half, scoring four times in each of the first two quarters.

  • Third-quarter profits

    INDEPENDENCE –– Every week, nearly every football team everywhere claims the fourth quarter as “ours.” Friday night at Bill Strong Field, Glenvar laid indisputable claim to the oft-overlooked third.

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  • Fries fire under investigation

    FRIES — A structure fire on Winding Road in Fries on Sept. 13 was referred to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for investigation.

    Firefighters were called to the home at the intersection of Ivanhoe Road at about 4 p.m. that day.

    According to Fries Assistant Fire Chief Jimmy Underwood, the small house had been abandoned for about eight years.

  • Virginia facing teacher shortage

    Additional reporting by Landmark News Service

    As public schools across Virginia opened their doors for the new school year, many did so without all of the teachers they needed.

    That’s because of a growing exodus of experienced teachers and an unwillingness among many young people to go into a lower-paying field when they’re facing student-loan debt from college. Virginia also faces competition for teachers from other states who recruit nationally.