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Today's News

  • Autism event makes for happy campers

    At an annual week-long autism camp hosted by faculty and students of the Radford University Autism Clinic at Southwest Virginia Training Center, 10 children ages 4-14 experienced camp life, met with friends and participated in activities with children sharing the common bond of a diagnosis of autism.

    The neurological disorder impacts communication and social interaction skills.

  • Police search local motel as part of N.C. homicide investigation

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Deputies from the Wake County Sheriff’s Office briefly extended the investigation of a mother slain in her Raleigh home on Nov. 3, 2006, to Hillsville, Va., to check on her husband’s whereabouts at the time of the crime.

    The body of Michelle Young was discovered by her sister that day while her husband Jason was traveling, according to a search warrant issued in February and recently unsealed.

    Computer records show that Jason Young had checked in at the Hampton Inn in Hillsville at about 10:49 p.m. on Nov. 2.

  • Goodbye yellow Moose tent?

    The City of Galax is seeking funding to build a 20-by-28-foot permanent performance stage at Felts Park in Galax in 2010 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention.

    At Monday's meeting, city council members voted to move forward in the planning for the $150,000 stage, and approved a request from the event's sponsor, the Galax Moose Lodge, to apply for funding.

    However, concerns arose that the permanent stage might interfere with traditional events that take place in Felts Park.

  • Isom released from jail after plea

    HILLSVILLE — A 75-year-old man who died last Nov. 27 after an argument with his brother had a heart attack, an autopsy showed.

    Robert Lee Isom had a heart condition and died while at the home of his brother, Eugene F. Isom, now 57, on Tower Road.

    The two consumed alcohol that night and fought.

    As a result of a Carroll County Sheriff’s Office investigation, Eugene Isom was charged with second-degree murder in the death of his brother.

  • That Round Peak Sound

    On Saturday evening, a program saluting the Round Peak sound will be presented at the Blue Ridge Music Center.

    Paul Brown, a Washington-based newscaster and reporter for National Public Radio, will host the 7 p.m. program.

    Brown is heard most mornings coast-to-coast on NPR’s Morning Edition.

    During his youth Brown came to the Galax area to learn Round Peak music, and he remains an enthusiastic supporter of the sound.

  • PSA raises utility rates

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll can't afford not to raise its water rates, because otherwise it would lose its eligibility for federal grants, Public Service Authority members discussed at their Aug. 11 meeting.

    After a public hearing where no one spoke, authority members approved water and sewer rate increases. One member said he did so "reluctantly."

    After the lack of public input, Chairman David Hutchins asked if the rate question was a matter they wanted to act upon or continue to consider.

  • Trooper injured when tree falls on car

    LAUREL FORK — A trooper assigned to the Virginia State Police office in Galax is recovering from injuries he suffered on Tuesday when a large oak tree fell on top of his car.

    The state police reported that Sgt. Tony Zyvoloski was traveling on U.S. 58 west in the Laurel Fork area of Carroll County near the intersection of Virginia 644 when the freak accident occurred. The trooper covered Carroll and Grayson counties.

  • Grayson principals shuffled after resignations

    INDEPENDENCE — This past summer was a tough one for Grayson County Schools, as three division principals left — prompting a request from a school board member to look into the reasons why.

    During the Grayson School Board meeting Monday night, Grayson Personnel Director Chad Newman announced the retirement of GCHS Principal Diane Haynes and the resignation of GCHS CATE Center Principal Angela Lawson.

    Haynes left Grayson to become assistant principal at Alleghany High School in Sparta, N.C.

  • Public record for 8/20/08 edition

    Editors 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 Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded June 12-19 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

    Loretta Painter and Linda Ogle to Ryan L. Smoak and Denise S. Smoak. 1.13 acres in the Wilson District. $115,000.

  • Don't Judge Neighborhood

    Not all of us are fortunate enough to live in neighborhoods free of crime and drugs. Some of us are from places where drugs are sold on playgrounds or church parking lots.

    Many of those who grew up in places like that choose to stay, instead of fleeing to a safer suburb. Many are law-abiding citizens who feel a sense of responsibility to set good examples for youth and try to clean up their neighborhoods from the inside.