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Today's News

  • Grayson advertises top job

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will begin advertising for the position of county administrator Feb. 1.

    The board of supervisors voted unanimously during its regular meeting earlier this month to begin looking for a replacement for retiring County Administrator Bill Ring.

    Last summer, the board hired Mitch Smith as assistant county administrator. “The playing field is level and Mitch will have to apply just like everyone else and compete with the candidates,” Ring said.

  • Gun show bill passes senate committee

    RICHMOND — A Senate committee on Monday endorsed legislation that would require criminal background checks for nearly all firearms purchased at gun shows like the annual Labor Day event in Hillsville, advancing a bill advocated by families and survivors of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings.

  • Public record for 1/14/09 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.  

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in July in the Grayson County General District Court office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

    Kenneth Ray Patton of Independence, guilty of failure to register as a sex offender; sentenced to 30 days in jail; pay $516 costs.

  • Facing The Test

    INDEPENDENCE — You could say that Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan has been tested right from the start.

    Just 40 minutes into his first day as sheriff in Grayson, he participated in a drug bust.

    It was a positive beginning, one of those things that went a long way toward showing Vaughan was the right man for the job.

    But, nothing could have prepared the law enforcement veteran for what came next.

  • CWC Fit @ Five

    HILLSVILLE — It's been many a mile since the Carroll Wellness Center opened almost five years ago, and the non-profit fitness facility remains in step with the community's needs.

    Members have put 1 million miles behind them on the 10 treadmills in those years, for example, said Executive Director Greg Hampton.

    In just the first year, exercisers climbed 29,400 stories on the wellness center's step-mill alone — that's roughly equal to 288 Empire State Buildings.

  • Dragon Riders: A custom-built monster of a motorcycle

    Measuring 10 feet long and cruising with an unmistakable roar, monster is an apt description for the pro-street bike known as "The Dragon."

    Built in Carroll County in the steel garage of Super V Custom, with its Ultima-powered 127-cubic-inch displacement 140-horsepower engine, reptilian scales and eyes and crocodile skin covered seat, The Dragon isn't just a theme bike — it's a dream chopper for Mark Mabry of Max Meadows.

  • Galax schools bid Cook farewell

    A roast of Galax Superintendent Sam Cook, who retired in December and will return to his hometown in Franklin County, turned into a fitting farewell at a Galax schools faculty and staff dinner on Jan. 5, as Cook's friends delivered their heartfelt thanks and appreciation for his 13 years of serving the school system.

    School faculty, city staff, friends and even some students were there to say goodbye to Cook and look back on the successes, memories and famous sayings Cook will leave behind.

  • Rescue squad on hold pending review

    HILLSVILLE — Lambsburg Rescue Squad is not being dispatched on emergency medical calls until further notice because of an unspecified breach of protocol, Carroll County officials discussed at the Jan. 12 supervisors meeting.

    The new operational medical director for most squads in Carroll, Dr. Jason Edsel, briefly referred to a recent matter involving the Lambsburg Rescue Squad when discussing the need for uniform medical protocols and training with emergency medical services, mostly staffed by volunteers.

  • Regional water authority reaches agreement

    INDEPENDENCE – The Virginia/Carolina Regional Water Authority officially announced last Thursday that it has reached an agreement with a property owner for an option to purchase land to build a new regional water plant.

    In the authority’s regular meeting Jan. 8, Chairman Bryan Edwards — who also serves as Sparta, N.C., town manager — said testing is still needed on the proposed site, and should be finished around April 1.

  • Fancy Gap a tourism hot spot

    HILLSVILLE — Fancy Gap is the garden spot for business in Carroll — and it needs water to grow, said the county's business developer on Jan. 12.

    Investment in both water and sewer could bring new jobs and businesses to Fancy Gap, as the Blue Ridge Parkway prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2010, Bernie Deck told the county supervisors at their regular meeting, as many Fancy Gap business and property owners watched from the audience.