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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 11/16/16

    Washboard on U.S. 52
    Looks like a pretty good road we have now on U.S. 58 where there is repaving. Just a shame something can’t be done on U.S. 52 going down Fancy Gap Mountain where it has been patched. The patch is worse than the holes originally were. It is like a washboard going down. If that could be fixed, hey, that would be really great. But, for the 58 road, thanks for paving that road.

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  • Local churches' dinners feed 10% of Grayson population

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson County Churches are banding together again this month to prepare and deliver Thanksgiving dinners to more than 1,200 people.

    This annual event began 10 years ago, and has expanded from its initial preparation and delivery to about 200 families in the area. Through the years, it has grown to feeding about 10 percent of the Grayson County population, according to a news release.

  • Three facing drug charges in Galax

    Staff Reports

    Three Galax men face drug charges after investigations by police and members of the Twin County Drug Task Force.

    Henry Lopez Aguilar, 23, was arrested on Nov. 3 by members of the task force while allegedly attempting to deliver a quantity of methamphetamine, according to a news release from the Galax Police Department.

  • Truck fire melts pavement, burns brush

    The fire that destroyed a tractor-trailer also melted asphalt and burned an embankment in the Elk Creek community of Grayson County on Nov. 11.

    The incident drew responders from all areas of the county.

    According to a report from Grayson County Deputy Jordon A. Johnson, a 2007 Freightliner, operated by Michael Myers of New York City, N.Y., was traveling on U.S. 21 to Bottomley’s in Elk Creek to pick up Christmas trees for transport.

  • Public record for 11/16/16 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.

    District Court

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

  • Lights remind drivers to slow down near school

    The Carroll County School Board has seen a two-year project finally come to fruition at Oakland Elementary School with the installation of new school zone caution lights.

    The lights are the newest programmable technology from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. A set was also installed at Carroll County Middle School in Hillsville.

  • Homeowner injured in debris fire

    A brush fire at Trapper Drive on Sunday caused apparently minor injury to one person, according to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Mike Ayers.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at 7:34 p.m. to a debris burn that had gotten out of control and reached a wooded area on Trapper Drive. Firefighters arrived to find approximately half an acre involved. The fire was within a few feet of the residence. The burn involved not only vegetation, but tires, debris and animal sheds.

  • Carroll County issues burn ban

    HILLSVILLE – The Office of Emergency Services in Carroll County has issued a ban on burning and declared a local emergency due to extremely dry conditions. The ban went into effect at 8 a.m. on Nov. 14 and will remain in effect until further notice.

    According to a release from Everett Lineberry, emergency management coordinator for the county, the declaration is in response to fire hazard conditions that create extreme fire danger. With the already dry conditions the area is experiencing, there is no rainfall in weather predictions for weeks.

  • Driver charged in Hillsville collision

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A two-vehicle accident in Hillsville on Nov. 7 was a quick cleanup with no injuries, although one driver does faces charges.

    According to a report from Officer Bobby Melton with the Hillsville Police Department, the accident occurred at 4:35 p.m. at 1356 Carrollton Pike, the intersection of U.S. 58 and the Interstate 77 northbound off ramp at Exit 14.

  • Huge half advances Tide

    Up until the final night of the regular season, it was looking as if Galax would be hosting Bland County in the first round of the playoffs. It turned out that the Maroon Tide’s postseason opponent wasn’t a repeat of a Week 8 game, but the story line was.