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Today's News

  • Murder suspect has court date this week

    INDEPENDENCE — Matthew Steven Jones appeared in Grayson County Circuit Court on June 27 for a evidence suppression hearing, but it was delayed because a witness in the case could not be located.

    Jones is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, 33, of Fries, who was reported missing April 16, 2013. Jones was reportedly the last person to see her before she disappeared.

    Karen Boyer of Hillsville, Jones’ attorney, asked Judge Brett Geisler to set another date for the hearing.

  • State trooper says motorcycle driver led him on chase

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville man was arrested on DUI and other traffic offense charges after allegedly fleeing from a Virginia state trooper and crashing his motorcycle on Bronco Road.

    The accident occurred on June 27 at 9:50 p.m., after Trooper Jerry Sowers encountered Daniel Paul Manning, 31, of Hillsville operating a 1998 Harley-Davidson motorcycle traveling south on Farmers Market Road at a high speed.

  • Galax adopts school budget

    Galax City Council voted to adopt the public school budget for 2014-2015 at its  June 10 meeting.
    School Superintendent Bill Sturgill noted that the budget presented by the school board was the most conservative of four possible spending plans.
    “It’d be nice to stand here with a budget from the state,” he said to council. “We know that we will have to rework a budget [after the General Assembly passes a state budget]. We are requesting level funding this year. We understand that it’s a tough economy.”

  • Vehicle wrecks on I-77 ramp

    HILLSVILLE — Police and rescue personnel responded to an accident July 1 on the mile marker 8 southbound ramp on Interstate 77.

  • Former airport director charged with embezzling

    HILLSVILLE — David Ritter Jr., a former manager of the Twin County Airport, has been indicted on two counts of embezzling public funds totaling more than $11,000 from the Twin County Airport Commission.

    According to Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons, Ritter was charged after an audit uncovered discrepancies with the commission funds.

  • Babysitter charged with teen's assault
  • Public record for 7/2/14 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Feb. 24-March 12, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers' Hotline 7/2/14

    Bake sale?
    I wanted to make a comment on the caller that talked about Carroll supervisors taking away the funds from the sheriff’s department. I totally agree. I think the county ought to consider maybe having fundraisers and such as that. Be creative instead of taking away from the sheriff’s department. They really need it. They did a real good job and are doing a lot of good work behind the scenes.

    Interpreting History: Part 2

  • Police find drugs, stolen property

    Two Galax men were arrested on a number of charges by members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office on June 27.

    Maurice Antwon Harris, 41, of Beech Grove Lane, Galax, was charged with possession of marijuana; and Quantel James McCall, 19, of Beech Grove Lane, was charged with possession of stolen property.

    Members of the sheriff’s office executed a search warrant at 2511 Beech Grove Lane last Friday, where numerous stolen motorcycles, go-carts and ATVs were found, according to a statement from Sheriff Richard Vaughan on Monday.

  • Grayson awarded $948K in grants

    RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced last week more than $8.5 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for 13 projects in the state, $948,185 of which will go toward two projects in Grayson County.

    The two local projects receiving funding are the Nuckolls Curve community, where Grayson received $259,755 for water quality improvement; and the Town of Troutdale, which was awarded $688,430 for a housing rehabilitation project.