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Today's News

  • Galax approves permit for new school

    After a lengthy final public hearing on the matter, Galax City Council members voted unanimously to approve the school board’s request for a conditional use permit for a parcel of residentially zoned land off Fries Road for the construction of a new school.

    Thirteen speakers — including residents of the neighborhood where the school is to be built, Galax Elementary School staff and Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill — took the floor to argue their points.

  • New device will warn drivers of their speed

    INDEPENDENCE — Drivers with lead feet beware. If you have a hard time driving the speed limit, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has a new tool for reminding you to slow it down.

    The “speed trailer” is a lightweight, portable unit that is powered by a small battery and can be placed pretty much anywhere. A radar unit on wheels, the speed trailer flashes a display of passing drivers’ real-time speeds compared to the speed limit. The purpose of these devices is to reduce speeds and increase awareness of local speed limits.

  • Grayson going after school meals debt

    INDEPENDENCE – Students in Grayson County may soon be excluded from extra-curricular activities and offered an alternative lunch if school cafeteria debts are paid up after administrators discussed a growing debt with school board members this month.

    Grayson County Public Schools’ Director of Personnel Judy Greear approached the board during its regular meeting this month to discuss what she called a “spiraling problem” over the last few years – debt in the cafeterias.

  • IRS phone scam reported in region

    The Better Business Bureau alerts Virginia residents that a phone scam involving con artists pretending to be IRS agents is hitting Roanoke and surrounding areas.

    The BBB Serving Western Virginia has received dozens of phone calls this week from consumers who received these fraudulent calls.

    IRS impersonators are calling and demanding that consumers pay taxes they don’t actually owe and are told to send the funds via a prepaid card or wire transfer.

  • Public record for 9/10/14 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.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in April in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Small plane crashes on I-77

    FANCY GAP — Police and rescue workers converged on the scene of a small plane crash on Interstate 77 in the Fancy Gap area on Wednesday afternoon.

    State police received a call at 1:12 p.m. on Sept. 10, and responded to I-77 southbound, near the 5.8 milemarker. They arrived to find a 1939 J-3 Cub, operated by Bernard Heimos, 67, of Laguna Niguel, Ca, nose-down in the median, down a steep, wooded embankment.

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  • Harassment alleged in line break response

    HILLSVILLE — An incident involving a sewer line break on Frog Spur Road in Fancy Gap last month resulted in allegations of harassment by property owner Stephen Gregson, against Carroll County Administrator Gary Larrowe.

    Larrowe has denied the claims, stating that he was upholding his responsibilities to protect the county and that he took what he considered appropriate actions when he feared that someone had maliciously tampered with the line.

  • Inmate indicted for cell block cell phone

    INDEPENDENCE — A prisoner at River North Correctional Center in Independence has been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury for possession of a cellular telephone by a prisoner.

    Cory DeLaurencio, 38, was indicted by the grand jury on July 25. The indictment was unsealed after an arrest was made in the case.

    DeLaurencio is serving a life sentence at the state prison after being convicted of capital murder, robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in a 1996 incident in Virginia Beach.

  • Children's home celebrates JoyFest

    Despite high winds and rain clouds, Joyfest, the annual “friend-raiser” for Joy Ranch Home for Children in Woodlawn, brought in an impressive crowd on Sept. 6. Guests were treated to helicopter rides, face painting, games, bounce houses and plenty of food. Performances included the Appalachian Children’s Chorus and Brad & Rebekah. The weather kept the planned hot air balloons from flying.