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Today's News

  • N.C. 89 reopens after curve removal

    A scenic road in Surry County, N.C., is safer after road workers removed a dangerous curve near the Lowgap area south of Galax.
    The road links Mount Airy, N.C., to the Blue Ridge Parkway and is the main route between Galax and Mount Airy.
    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) set up a 40-mile marked detour between Lowgap and the Virginia border last month, so workers could connect the existing highway to the new stretch.

  • Galax police investigate overdose, grand larceny cases

    Galax police officers dealt with two drug cases in the past week, one involving an overdose and another that resulted in grand larceny charges.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, two Galax women face drug charges after a reported drug overdose.

    On June 26, Officer Trevor Jefferson was dispatched to a report of an unresponsive female at a residence in the city, along with Galax-Grayson EMS.

  • Search continues for missing teen

    SMYTH COUNTY — The search for a runaway teenage girl from Tennessee and the convicted Georgia sex offender she is traveling with has led authorities into Smyth County after the two reportedly abandoned a vehicle in Troutdale last week.

    An Amber Alert went out for Hayleigh Cheyenne Wilson, 14, of Hawkins County, Tenn., last week, after Wilson reportedly left her home the night of June 22 to meet a man she had been in contact with online. Authorities say the man is 41-year-old Benjamin Joseph “Ben” Shook, a known sex offender.

  • Readers Hotline 7/1/15

    Where’s the money?
    Now my son will have a happy and good reason to go to school with building trades and Mr. Jones back in Independence school. Have they found out where all the schools money has gone? They are just talking about budget now – side tracking. Where did the money go?
    Editor’s note: The county is conducting an investigation of Grayson school finances to answer that question.

    Paid plenty

  • She's two

    Ember Lynn Gillespie celebrated her second birthday with family and friends at a Bubble Guppies party on May 3. Her birthday is May 5, the wedding anniversary of her parents, Brock and Terri Gillespie.

    Ember’s older siblings are Brooklyn and Jackson Gillespie. Her grandparents are Mark and Darlene Gillespie and Larry and Kathy Funk.

  • Pettys celebrate 60th anniversary

    Wade and Katie Petty celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary recently with family and friends.

    The Pettys were married Jun 11, 1955. They have three children, Charles Petty, Rhonda Lineberry and Dana Woodel.

  • Public record for 7/1/15 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 Oct. 29-Nov. 14, 2014, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Grayson approves road plan

    INDEPENDENCE — Five roads have been added to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s six-year plan for Grayson County.

    Wytheville Residency Administrator Jeff Russell presented the plan for the Grayson County Board of Supervisors’ approval at the June 24 meeting. New proposed additions to the plan included Gold Hill Road (Virginia 711), Crestwood Drive (Virginia 799), Church View Road (Virginia 717), Petty Road (Virginia 619) and Spencers Branch Road (Virginia 797).

  • Show goes on after fiddlers' convention struck by storm

    ELK CREEK — The Elk Creek Fiddlers’ Convention was interrupted last weekend, when a storm ripped up tents and destroyed trees in the area during the celebration.

    The Elk Creek Fire Department, which hosts the event each year, reported several tree limbs, awnings and tents were blown around during the storm. One vehicle received minor damage, but power was never lost and no one was seriously injured.

  • Governor McAuliffe Announces 20 New Jobs in Carroll County

    HILLSVILLE — CWW Conveyor Systems will invest $2 million to expand its operation in Hillsville, creating 20 new jobs.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe made the announcement on Tuesday.

    The company, which supplies conveyor systems for the mining industry, operated as part of Caterpillar Global Mining America until March 2015, when CWW was created as a new, independent entity to serve the United States, Mexico and Canada.