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Today's News

  • Hammer defense building case

    INDEPENDENCE — Few updates were given during another court appearance of a man facing 16 charges in connection with three shooting deaths at a Christmas tree farm in Grayson County last January.

    Frederick Hammer — along with his four attorneys — appeared in Grayson Circuit Court last Friday to update Judge Brett Geisler on their investigation.

  • Seeking Stimuli

    If the much-ballyhooed economic stimulus package from the federal government can create jobs, it's hard to imagine a place where that money could be better spent than the Twin Counties.

    The manufacturing job base was shrinking even before the recession struck the nation as a whole. Fewer jobs means less revenue for local governments, and less revenue means less money in the coffers for projects to benefit the area.

  • Letters to the Editor for 1/12/09

    Make peace with greetings

    In the Jan. 5 edition of the Gazette, I counted seven Readers’ Hotline calls regarding a previous caller’s thoughts that “Happy Holidays” should be used instead of “Merry Christmas.”

    Frankly, I don’t care which one a person uses, since judging someone solely on the basis of a term they use or don’t use is akin to judging an entire steak based on one bite.

  • The best of 2008

    Many of the nation’s leading sports news outlets are hailing 2008 as the best sports year ever. It kind of depends on your perspective.

    For example, it’s very doubtful the Detroit Lions, the University of Washington football team or the Memphis men’s basketball team would agree. Nor would Jake Brown, the X-Games skateboarder who augured into the ground from 40-plus feet on national television.

  • Harvey, Devils light up Panthers

    INDEPENDENCE –– There are still 363 days to go, but so far, Eric Harvey is finding 2009 much to his liking.

    Harvey enjoyed a near-record night and Grayson County overcame a slow start to pummel Northwood 71-54 in a nondistrict game Friday night.

  • Drug ring member to serve 10 years

    ROANOKE — Danny Lee Peoples, 38, of Galax was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Western District on charges that he and others were involved with an organization that distributed crack cocaine in the city.

    Peoples was sentenced to 120 months of federal incarceration, to be followed by five years of supervised released. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to possess and possession with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine in August 2008.

  • Payne pleads guilty to murder accessory charge

    HILLSVILLE — A 27-year-old woman entered a guilty plea on Wednesday to being an accessory after the fact in the Nov. 12, 2007, shooting deaths of two men in Fancy Gap.

    The charge is a misdemeanor.

    Amanda Payne of Coulson Church Road was arrested following the shotgun deaths of George Adam Fulton, 19, and Dustin Bond, 17 — and the wounding of Bond's sister Amanda — at a trailer on Frog Spur Road.

  • State suspends Carroll County veterinarian

    LAUREL FORK — A Laurel Fork veterinarian already on probation has been suspended indefinitely by the state after a dog died while in her care.

    The Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine took action against Mitzi Elliott of the Animal House clinic after looking into the case of a dog named Daisy.

    While Daisy was at Animal House for a routine spay operation on June 28, 2007, the dog died from what the Board of Veterinary Medicine termed "substandard care."

  • Public record for 12/17/08 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 Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Oct. 3-21 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Scorching second half lifts Devils past Alleghany

    SPARTA, N.C. –– Grayson County made it 4-for-4 for the Virginia boys, knocking off host Alleghany 65-53 in the Cross Border Shootout Tuesday night.

    The Blue Devils and Galax both went 2-0 in the event. Grayson County shot nearly 80 percent from the floor in the second half, hitting 19 of 24 attempts to pull away from a 22-21 halftime lead.

    Eric Harvey led Grayson County with 19 points and Tyler Rutherford scored 13 of his 16 after halftime.

    Cody Miller led all scorers with 20 points for the Trojans and Julian McNeil added 17.