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Today's News

  • Grayson names new county administrator

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors announced June 21 that William L. “Bill” Shepley has been selected to serve as the new county administrator, following a selection process that has taken several months.

    Beginning July 10, Shepley will fill the seat left vacant by Jonathan Sweet in January.

    His background is in healthcare administration, and Shepley has most recently worked as an executive consultant to hospitals and healthcare organizations throughout the nation.

  • Fourteen charged for drugs in Grayson

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office charged 14 individuals with drug-related offenses during the month of May.

    Eleven of the charges involved possession or distribution of methamphetamine.

    According to a report from Sheriff Richard Vaughan, those charged included:

    • Conley Allen Lineberry - distribution of Schedule II drug (meth)

    • Vincent Wesley Axley - distribution of Schedule II drug (meth)

  • GHS football field replacement underway

    Staff Report

    Work is underway at Galax High School, where the grass on the football/soccer field is being replaced with an artificial surface. The project is expected to be completed in time for football season this fall.

    The project is being paid for through the school system’s capital project fund, and the price tag is expected to be around $879,000, which is roughly $250,000 below original estimates, according to Galax Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    Sports Construction Management of Lexington, N.C., is doing the work.

  • Hillsville man indicted for child pornography

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County Circuit Court returned 105 grand jury indictments against 63 individuals on Monday. Included in those charges were 12 counts of possession of child pornography against a Hillsville man.

    Christopher Garry Brown, 43, of John Edwards Lane, was arrested Oct. 13, 2016, after an investigation by the Hillsville Police Department that involved the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

  • He's three

    Jonas Lynn Stockner turned 3 on April 28. He celebrated with a trip to Pigeon Forge. Jonas is the son of Zeth and Ashley Stockner.

    His grandparents are Tommy and Cherie Stockner and Junior and Tammey Osborne. His big brother is Jaxson Stockner.

  • Public record for 6/21/17 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 in January in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Public record for 6/14/17

    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.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded in December of 2016 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Feds arrest 24 for meth trafficking

    Staff Reports

    ABINGDON – Federal agents and officers from local and state law enforcement were in the Twin Counties and the Mount Airy, N.C., area on Tuesday as part of Operation Rolling Thunder, a joint investigation that resulted in 24 individuals being charged with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in Southwest Virginia and North Carolina.

    Agents were seen throughout the area on Tuesday, traveling in unmarked vehicles and some wearing tactical gear.

  • Town's tax hike is first in 13 years

    FRIES — The Town of Fries has approved a $1.4 million budget for fiscal year 2017-18.

    The budget approved at the town council’s June meeting includes a 3-cent tax rate increase and other increases for water and sewer rates.

    It is the first tax increase seen in the town in 13 years.

    In previous budget meetings, council members explained that the tax increases were needed to help pay for future projects like upgrades to the town’s water plant.

  • Galax to name new fitness center for Deputy Bartlett

    Plans are in the works for a fitness center at Galax High School that would be named in honor of Carroll County Deputy Curtis Bartlett.

    Bartlett, who was killed in a line of duty crash in March, was a GHS graduate and was very passionate about nutrition and fitness throughout his life.

    According to GHS Principal Justin Iroler, the project has been in discussion for about a month-and-a-half. Bartlett’s father, Sam, contacted school officials after the Lift Life Foundation reached out to him.