Today's News

  • Grayson residents receive warrants

    INDEPENDENCE — Some Grayson County citizens say they are upset after receiving a notice of delinquent trash fees and a copy of a civil warrant, even though they say they were not billed for garbage service.
    According to about a dozen citizens who called, e-mailed or wrote letters to the newspaper, they received a letter notifying them that their trash fee must be paid by Aug. 6, otherwise a warrant — a civil claim for money — will be issued.
    If the warrant is issued, then the citizens will have to appear in Grayson County District Court.

  • Grayson Circuit Court unseals indictments

    INDEPENDENCE — Three indictments that were sealed by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on July 23 have been unsealed.
    An indictment indicates that a grand jury found evidence for a case to go to trial, and does not indicate guilt.
    Stanley D. Brewer, 46, of Fries, was indicted on five charges:
    • conspiracy to sell, give or distribute a schedule III controlled substance (hydrocodone)
    • sale, give or distribution of a schedule III controlled substance (hydrocodone)

  • The Body Shop specializes in custom autos

    The Body Shop, located at 1875 Meadow St. in Galax, opened in May to offer high-quality body work — everything from painting to building custom mold and body kits to fiberglass and metal work.
    Chris Davis, owner of the shop, specializes in rare cars, he said, as he showed the 1988 McClaren Mustang he's working on — one of only 200 of those cars made.

  • River Hill Church celebrates a century

    Long before they had a home, River Hill Christian Church members were gathering in Carroll County fields and baptizing in ponds, mud holes and creeks.
    Their faith bound them tighter than the walls of any church, but they could only stay outside for so long.

  • Public record for 8/4/10 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded April 24-May 26 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Plane makes emergency landing on farm

    ELK CREEK — Paul Joseph Doyle was on his way back to his home in Marietta, Ga., from Virginia Tech last Saturday morning, piloting his 1977 Cessna 172-N single-engine plane, when he encountered heavy fog over Elk Creek.

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  • Garden growing families

    HILLSVILLE — Despite the withering summer heat, participation in the community garden in Hillsville continues to blossom.
    In the second year for the Gardens Growing Families effort at Childs' Farms off Cross Creek Road, some people arrive around the crack of dawn, before direct sunlight heats up the 2.5 acres of produce.

  • Carroll medics honored

    HILLSVILLE — Snow and ice didn't keep two Carroll County medics from providing professional and caring assistance to a resident who had been stranded in the cold for hours last Feb. 13.
    At a county supervisors’ meeting July 12, emergency medical physician Daune Angell highly praised the attention and care demonstrated by Carroll Fire & Rescue personnel during poor weather in February.

  • Musician named director of Crooked Road

    Jack Hinshelwood, an award-winning musician from Shawsville, has been named the new executive director of the Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.