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Today's News

  • Houk adds to postseason honors

    Galax’s Tyler Houk continued to pick up post-season awards from this past fall’s football season, earning all-Timesland, all-Region C and all-Group A honors.

    Houk, a senior quarterback/defensive back/kick returner, was a second-team selection in both all-Group A (Associated Press) and all-Region C as a defensive back. Houk led the Maroon Tide with 88 tackles in 2008, tying for the team lead with two interceptions.

  • GHS play places third in state

    Galax High School performing arts students are back on top of their game this year with a performance of “The Diviners,” a play by Jim Leonard Jr.

    “The Diviners” is a tribute to the Great Depression, small towns and the blessings of life. In the play, C.C. Showers abandons his career as a minister during the Great Depression and stumbles into the small Indiana town of Zion to look for work — only to find that the town has been without a preacher for 10 years.

  • Reach for the Stars

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School System will be represented in a national education program with NASA.

    Grayson Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas said Daniel Brown, a high school chemistry teacher, was selected to participate in the recently unveiled NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project (ESTCP).

    The project awards more than 40 fellowships each year to educators contributing to the development of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to the project's Web site.

  • Fire victims remembered

    It's every parent's worst nightmare — losing a child.

    Ella Ruth Stoneman lived that nightmare last Monday morning when officers came to her work to tell her that her daughter, Amy Stoneman, 28, had been killed in a fire.

    The accident also took the life of Ella Ruth's granddaughter, 4-year-old Deanna Lafferty, and the little girl's father, Larry Stephen Lafferty, 39.

    "She loved to work and she loved her kids," Ella said of her daughter.

  • Smith: School plans depend on federal funds

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Supervisors’ Chairman David Hutchins asked twice at a Jan. 12 meeting to be sure: construction plans for three schools will go ahead only if federal stimulus package monies are made available to the county.

  • Neighbors reject Spirit Harbor plans

    INDEPENDENCE — Developers are hoping to bring a 252-site Christian-based senior recreational park to Mouth of Wilson, but neighbors aren’t being very welcoming.

    The land in Grayson County is zoned Rural Farm, and a mobile home park is permitted under a special use permit.

    Spirit Harbor LLC approached the Grayson Planning Commission asking for a special use permit to be granted for the proposed park on 148 acres off Fox Wood Lane.

    Citizens packed the house Tuesday night to speak in opposition of the development.

  • Forensics lab says paint matches

    INDEPENDENCE — Reports from the state forensics lab have been filed with the Grayson Circuit Court, and it appears paint taken from a hand truck found near a murder suspect's campsite matches that of a gun safe found at the scene of a 2008 triple homicide at a Christmas tree farm in Mouth of Wilson.

    According to documents filed Jan. 5 in the Frederick P. Hammer case, “it is considered unlikely that the paint in item [debris from hand truck] originated from any source other than the source represented by item [paint scraping bottom of safe].”

  • GVFD begins 'Deanna Project'

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department is starting the “Deanna Project” in response to the Jan. 12 mobile home fire that killed a family of three, including 4-year-old Deanna Lafferty.

    The goal of the GVFD is to visit every mobile home in its coverage area and offer to install a smoke detector at homes that do not have one. If one is already installed, department members will install new batteries and check its operation.

  • Local schools brace for state budget cuts

    It's a challenging year when school division superintendents talk about losing $1.9 million from state funds as being the best case scenario, but that's the situation that Carroll County finds itself in as work continues on fiscal year 2009-2010 budget, according to figures provided by Superintendent Greg Smith.

    Should Gov. Tim Kaine's so-called "stop-loss" funding idea fail, then the Carroll school system could see its funding from the state drop by another $550,000.

  • Cavs turn Marion inside-out

    HILLSVILLE –– Lindsey Martin and Kaitlan Viars posed quite a problem for Marion on Monday. Should the Scarlet Hurricane choose to guard Viars on the interior, Martin was there to bomb away from long range. Extra attention paid to Martin on the outside left Viars free to do damage from the lane.

    It was quite a Catch-22. And then there was No. 15.