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Today's News

  • He's four

    Jared Austin Spencer celebrated his fourth birthday get-together with a Monster Jam Grave Digger theme with family on his birthday, Dec. 29. His parents are Brittany Tucker and William (Billy) Spencer.

  • She's seven

    Isabella “Izzie” Jo Marshall turned age 7 on Jan. 6. Her birthday was celebrated with a bug bowling party with friends and family. She is the daughter of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall. She is the big sister to Cassie and Briley Marshall.

    Her grandparents are Randy and Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. Her great-grandparents are M.C. and Irene Bell, the late Verna Liddle, O’Neal and O’Needa Terry, and the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • Public record for 1/27/16 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded June 1-19 in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Art school closes due to threat

    The Galax Police Department is investigating a threat made against Chestnut Creek School of the Arts by an out-of-state caller who was traced to South Carolina.

    The threat, which led to the school's closing for the day, was apparently the result of a Facebook meme that is being attributed to one of CCSA's instructors.

    The meme – a picture with a caption – indicates that veterans or sufferers of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, should harm themselves, and has been circulated online among several veterans' groups.

  • VDOT contractor dies during snow removal in Grayson

    Staff Report

    TROUTDALE — A Virginia Department of Transportation worker was found dead in his truck during his shift last week after crews were dispatched to clear the roads of foot-tall snow accumulation.

    According to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, James Ford Rutherford, 50, of Flatridge, a contract snow removal worker for VDOT, was removing snow from Razor Ridge Road near Troutdale with his coworker, Ralph Russell, on Jan. 22 when the incident occurred.

  • State police respond to 71 snow-related incidents in division

    The Twin Counties were lucky this past weekend when Winter Storm Jonas hit and weather-related traffic incidents were kept to a minimum.

    According to Virginia State Police Sgt. Mike Musser, “We had a total of 71 incidents from Thursday through [Sunday] morning involving disabled vehicles and accidents. None of the accidents in Carroll and Grayson were serious.”

  • Readers' Hotline 1/25/16

    Too cold
    I cannot believe school was not two hours late on Jan. 13, as cold as it is. Why isn’t it two hours late like the other schools, because the kids have to walk to the bus and it is cold to have to walk like this.

    Religion aside

  • Cursing, adultery to remain illegal in Virginia

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Potty-mouths beware: Constitutional or not, it appears cursing in public will remain illegal in Virginia.

    Del. Michael Webert (R-Fauquier County) thought it might be time to get rid of the language in state law forbidding “profanely cursing or swearing in public.” It’s a Class 4 misdemeanor, punishable by a $250 fine.

  • Local road projects chosen for priority list

    By SHANNON WATKINS & SARA BLANKENSHIP, Staff

    Virginia’s new data-driven prioritization process scored nearly 300 transportation projects proposed by localities and regional planning bodies across the state, and a few local projects made the cut.

    The scoring is a key part of a new law, known as House Bill 2, developed on a bipartisan basis to invest limited tax dollars in the right transportation projects.

  • Galax seeks NFL grant for football field

    Galax High School’s capital fundraising campaign for the football field through NFL grants is bolstered by the fact that Coach Mark Dixon is a former player for the Miami Dolphins.

    “Believe me, it is very difficult to get a phone number that goes to the Miami Dolphins,” said Superintendent Bill Sturgill at the Galax School Board’s Jan. 12 meeting. “There’s not an email address on the website. The number is an answering machine, and calling it daily does not get you anywhere.”