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Today's News

  • Mandolin players shatter world record in Galax

    Describing the sound of 491 mandolins all playing the same song at the same time is almost impossible, though you can try:

    A choir of extremely cheerful angels.

    A thousand silver needles dipped in liquid sugar and dropped on a polished mirror.

    A very melodic rain hitting a perfectly smooth lake.

    (As one musician remarked to another afterwards, “I was afraid it would sound like a bunch of bumblebees trapped in a dryer.” Thankfully, he was wrong.)

  • Three charged in Fries assault

    Staff Reports

    FRIES — Police have released more information regarding an altercation in a Fries parking lot that resulted in a subject being struck by a vehicle and flown to the hospital for injuries.

    Charged with assault in the incident are Danny Roger Shinault, 47; Richard Franklin Shinault, 42; and Trisha Lynn Wheeler, 27. All are from Fries.

  • Grayson school board to discuss superintendent hiring

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board is planning a busy week ahead, with a pair of meetings on Monday and Tuesday.

    The board will have its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 10.

    On Aug. 11, the school board will have a special called meeting at 11 a.m. The only item on the agenda is a closed meeting to discuss applicants for the superintendent’s job.

  • Laurel crash results in one fatality

    LAUREL — An investigation continues after a single-vehicle rollover resulted in one fatality in the Laurel section of Carroll County early Wednesday.
    According to a report from Trooper C.H. Campbell, Virginia State Police received a call about 1:30 a.m., reporting a single-vehicle crash along Virginia 741 (Stoneman Road), 0.2 mile north of Virginia 739 (Porterfield Road).
    Campbell said that a 2007 Jeep Wrangler with three people ran off of the right side of the road and overturned in an embankment, ejecting a female passenger.

  • Old Tunes, New Talent: Youth Night at the Galax Fiddlers' Convention

    Young musicians took the stage in Felts Park on Monday for the convention’s annual Youth Night. Now in its 15th year, the night has grown into one of the most popular for the week-long music festival in Galax.

  • Two men injured, charged with assault

    Staff Reports

    FRIES — Two people have been charged with assault after an escalating argument led to physical violence and a subject being struck by a vehicle in a Fries parking lot.

    The investigation is ongoing, and police indicated that additional charges could result.

    According to a report from Sgt. Doug Carner of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, police and emergency response teams were called to the parking lot across from BB&T in Fries, based on reports of an assault involving multiple subjects.

  • Sutherland is Crossroads' new director

    New Crossroads Institute Director Brenda Sutherland stepped into the position on July 1, replacing former director Dr. Oliver McBride, and came to it with a bright vision for the future.

  • Readers Hotline 8/5/15

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  • She's four

    Cassidy “Cassie” Lynne Marshall turned age 4 on July 23.  Her birthday was celebrated with a Minnie Mouse river party. She is the daughter of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall.

    Her sisters are Izzie and Briley Marshall. Her grandparents are Randy and Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. Her great-grandparents are M.C. and Irene Bell, the late Verna Liddle, O’Neal and O’Needa Terry, and the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • Public record for 8/5/15 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 Dec. 1-16, 2014, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville: