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Today's News

  • Fellowship of the Ringers

    At age 3, Benjamin Galyean is already reading music, and so is 6-year-old Jesse Dittrich, who has been diagnosed with a form of dyslexia.

    For almost 10 years, Charlotte McPherson, director of the Joybell Ringers at Galax’s First Baptist Church, has taught music to numerous families as siblings and moms come together.

    Her classes range from 2-year-old tots in the Baby Bell class to home-schooled teens and 30-something mothers in Beginner Bells and Joybell Ringers.

  • Cops chop pot crop

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies, Virginia State Police troopers and Virginia Department of Forestry personnel swooped in on a patch of pot plants in the Cana area Thursday.

    Authorities had eyes in the sky with a state police helicopter on a marijuana eradication flight, and they spotted about 50 plants from the air, says Carroll Sheriff Warren Manning.

    Each plant would be worth $1,000 if peddled as an illegal drug on the street, so this bust kept about $50,000 of pot from being sold, he said.

  • Carroll allows non-user fees

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County supervisors signed off on one more water and sewer regulation for the Public Service Authority at their Aug. 11 meeting.

    Supervisors had considered a raft of new regulations for the water and sewer service authority at their July meeting, and postponed decisions on controversial measures.

    One matter that was tabled involved declaring Carroll County as the exclusive service area for the authority and allowing the authority to implement mandatory connections for new systems.

  • Child left on school bus for 7 hours

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County school bus driver has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an investigation after a 3-year-old girl was left on his bus for nearly seven hours last Wednesday.

    According to Jerry and Gloria Black, their granddaughter spent more than seven hours trapped inside a school bus — luckily on an overcast day.

    The girl — whose name the family asked not be used — will turn four in September and was on her way to pre-kindergarten class at Baywood Elementary.

  • Public record for 8/13/08 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 April 12-May 16 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • APCo plans power outage in Independence

    ATTENTION: Appalachian Power Co. has announced a scheduled power outage on Thursday from 10 p.m. to midnight.

  • Hammer indicted on new charges

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury, meeting in special session Aug. 8, returned additional indictments against Frederick Phillip Hammer of Crumpler, N.C., in connection with the alleged murder and robbery of three men at a Grayson tree farm earlier this year.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

    Ronald Hudler of Mouth of Wilson; his son, Frederick Hudler; and a farm hand, John Steven Miller Jr.; were shot to death on Jan. 24.

  • Four plead guilty to drug charges

    ROANOKE — Four men pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia to charges related to a drug distribution organization in the area of Galax known as “The Hill.”

    Those pleading guilty included Danny Lee Peoples, 38; Tommy Lamont Jones, 33; and Cory Vernice Robinson, 39; all of Galax; and Shawn Dewayne Randle, 36, of Winston Salem, N.C.

    “I am pleased that these four men have accepted responsibility for their actions and will be punished accordingly,” Acting United States Attorney Julia C. Dudley said.

  • New opry concerns raised

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll officials and Mayberry Opry developers crafted a timeline to accept proposals on the possible sale of 91 acres of county-owned land with, but a citizen told the supervisors Monday that they should just send that group packing instead.

    Carroll officials believe they can make a decision about whether — and to whom — to sell parcel of land for economic development purposes near the Interstate 77-U.S. 58 interchange by April, after marketing the property more.

  • Judge pleads guilty in crash

    A judge who hears cases in Grayson and Carroll counties pleaded guilty Friday to a hit-and-run charge fewer than three months after he pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge stemming from a separate incident.

    Virginia State Police charged Michael Keith Blankenship, 44, of Wytheville with hit-and-run May 3 after witnesses identified him as the driver who left the scene of a crash about 5:15 p.m. April 27.