Today's News

  • Public record for 12/14/11 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 Sept. 1-Oct. 24 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Carroll grand jury indicts Hall, Pauleys and more


    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll grand jury issued a total of 143 indictments Monday, with 20 of them being sealed by the circuit court.

    Among those indicted was Verlin Dean Hall, 33, of Woodlawn, for statutory burglary and arson for allegedly breaking into an unoccupied home belonging to Mark Lintecum in the middle of the night to "maliciously burn" it.

  • Motive still a mystery in VT officer's death


  • VT students raise money for Crouse's family

    BLACKSBURG — In the wake of a tragedy, two Virginia Tech students are working to help a family and redefine a community.
    Bethany Darnley, 22, and Drew Jenkinson, 21, both seniors at Virginia Tech, have created a campaign called Hokies for Crouse to raise money for Deriek Crouse’s family.
    “It just broke my heart knowing that these kids wouldn’t have their father around for the holidays,” said Darnley, a human development major from Pittsburgh.

  • Reading program would get everyone on same page


  • Art school celebrates second year


  • 'Hillsville 1912' film wins award at festival


    SAN DIEGO — Backyard Green Films, the production company responsible for a documentary on the famous Carroll County Courthouse shootout, has won The Indie Fest Award of Merit, director Rick Bowman says.

“Hillsville 1912: A Shooting in the Court,” about the gun battle between members of the Allen family and court officials that left five dead and seven wounded, premiered this summer at the Rex Theater in Galax before hitting the film festival circuit.

  • Update tax policy to help rebuild schools

    Gov. Bob McDonnell, U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner, Rep. Eric Cantor and former governors George Allen and Tim Kaine wrote this commentary supporting congressional legislation to encourage private interests to renovate older school buildings so that they could be used as modern educational facilities. Webb and Warner have introduced the bill, “The Rehabilitation of Historic Schools Act of 2011.

  • Readers' Hotline 12/12/11

    Old men staring
    I was reading the Hotline comment about “looked over.” I’m so sick of these people calling in about old men looking at them. They are probably just staring at the wall. They have to go some place to eat and when old men quit looking at you and staring or even glancing at you, something has to be wrong with you. As far as waitresses, they don’t want to do those old men’s laundry. And, anybody that doesn’t like the old men where they go out to eat should stay at home.

  • Tide title hopes fall short

    NOTE: This story differs from its original version in that statistics have been updated. SALEM –– For one awful stretch in the second quarter Saturday, the worst thing Galax could do to itself was force a Clintwood three-and-out.