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Today's News

  • Galax stays in control of MED

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County scored the first and last two points of the second quarter, but Galax lit it up with a 20-0 run in between and claimed a 54-24 win over the Blue Devils in a Mountain Empire District game Tuesday.

    Breanna Brewer, who led the Blue Devils with nine points, opened the second period by finishing a fast break for Grayson County (4-12 overall, 2-6 MED), pulling the Blue Devils to within a 13-11 score at the 7:36 mark of the quarter. But the next 20 points all went to Galax (13-3, 7-1) as the Maroon Tide zoomed into a 33-11 lead.

  • Grayson clamps down on Tide

    INDEPENDENCE –– Held to six points and leading by a single point through the game’s first six minutes, Grayson County got hot on offense, locked down on defense and pulled away for a 51-19 Mountain Empire District win Tuesday over Galax.

    The Blue Devils won for the 15th time in 16 outings and improved their MED record to 8-0 ahead of a key trip to George Wythe on Friday.

  • Wrestlers finish strong

    The Mountain Empire District wrapped up its head-to-head dual competition Wednesday at Galax High School, with Grayson County claiming the district’s team championship with two wins to conclude with a 6-0 league mark.

  • Carroll looks at budget challenges

    By ETHAN CAMPBELL, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Solutions ranging from eliminating positions and requiring county stickers to billing county residents for fire and EMS services have been proposed by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to pay for capitol improvement and balance the budget for the upcoming 2019 fiscal year.

    The board and county leaders met for a work session on Jan. 22, to begin developing plans of action to balance the county’s budget.

  • Bill would affect pay for deputies

    RICHMOND — Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) is petitioning for the creation of a salary fund for deputy sheriffs during this year’s session of the Virginia General Assembly.

    According to the state’s Legislative Information System, a bill (SB 495) for the creation of a Deputy Sheriff Supplemental Salary Fund was prefiled Jan. 9 and offered to the Virginia Senate on Jan. 10. It has since been referred to the Committee on Finance for further consideration.

  • Keepers' trial for teen's death set for September

    CHRISTIANSBURG — The trial of Natalie Keepers, tentatively scheduled to start in the Montgomery County Circuit Court on Feb. 5, has been moved to Sept. 17.

    Keepers is charged with being an accessory to murder before the fact and concealing a body in the 2016 death of Nicole Lovell, 13, of Blacksburg. Lovell’s body was found off Route 89 in Surry County, N.C., seven miles south of Galax and a little over a mile outside Grayson County.

  • City water rates will rise in 2020

    There were no speakers at a public hearing for an ordinance that includes increased water and sewer rates at the Jan. 8 Galax City Council meeting.

    Council voted unanimously to accept the rate revisions as outlined in the last meeting.

    As City Manager Keith Barker explained at the Dec 11 meeting, the rate increase is driven by the cost of upgrading the city’s wastewater management facility.

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  • Public record for 1/24/18 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in September in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence.

  • Grayson teachers seek competitive pay

    INDEPENDENCE — With budget season coming up, advocates for Grayson County educators are asking the school board to do what it can to level teacher’s pay with competing nearby localities.

    During the school board’s Jan. 15 meeting, representatives from the Grayson County Education Association (GCEA) shared their number one goal for this year’s budget with the administration.

    The GCEA’s Deborah Greif got right to the point by sharing feedback from teachers and data from Grayson and surrounding school systems.