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  • 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.

  • 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.