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Today's News

  • Chalfant addresses school budget issues

    INDEPENDENCE — After weeks of often adversarial public meetings on the county’s school budget, Grayson Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant on Wednesday issued a statement to local media about the challenges facing school officials.

    The statement came a day after parents, students and community members demonstrated outside the school board office to demand changes in leadership and protested recent decisions on budgeting, finances, personnel and safety.

  • Galax police cameras focus on accuracy, accountability

    Nearly a year ago, the Galax Police Department took a step forward in both technology and accountability when it began sending officers out with body cameras.

    While there’s been talk in the Virginia legislature of making body cameras mandatory for all police officers in the commonwealth, there’s yet to be a law passed enforcing this. In Galax, however, the cameras are already in use.

  • HoustonFest celebrates 'Big Bang' of country music

    HoustonFest celebrates its fifth year with a stellar lineup of artists this weekend in Galax’s Felts Park.

    More than 40 bands will perform on three stages, along with special workshops, the Camp Houston youth stage, exhibits, instrument making displays, food, art and craft vendors.

  • Public record for 4/29/15 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in August of 2014, in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Grayson school board to make appointment

    INDEPENDENCE — Letters of interest are still being accepted to fill a vacant slot on the Grayson County School Board.

    The Oldtown District seat became vacant last month when Hobert Bailey, a 16-year member, resigned. At the time, Bailey was serving as chairman of the school board.

    Vice Chairman Shannon Holdaway said during a recent budget work session of the school board that a special meeting will be held on May 6 at 6 p.m. The school board will review the applicants in closed session.

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  • Vaught seeks another term as Grayson prosecutor

    INDEPENDENCE — Doug Vaught has announced that he will seek a third term as Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney, a position he has held for the past eight years.

    In addition to his most recent two terms, Vaught was elected commonwealth’s attorney in 1979 and was re-elected in 1983.

    In 1987, his loss to Paul X Bolt in the Grayson County Republican Party mass meeting resulted in Vaught leaving that office, and continuing his private law practice in Galax.

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  • Galax man indicted on arson charges

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man was indicted on five charges in connection with a fire that damaged Pine Crest Apartments in the city.

    A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury last week indicted Phillip Allen Holdaway, 34, on two counts of arson, two counts of statutory burglary and one count of felonious damage to property.

  • Protesters call for school changes

    By LARRY CHAMBERS and DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Members of the Grayson Citizens for Better Schools staged a peaceful demonstration Monday morning in front of the Grayson County School Board office in Independence, calling for changes in leadership and protesting recent budget cuts and teacher firings.

    Several motorists honked their horns as they passed by the group, which held signs referencing school leaders they’d like to see replaced.