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  • New date set for Reeves' murder trial

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Once again, a new trial date has been granted for Chad Allen Reeves of Galax.

    Reeves, 32, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brandon Billings almost 13 years ago.

    Jonathon Venzie, Reeves’ attorney, requested a new trial date in Grayson County Circuit Court last Thursday.

    Circuit Court Judge Bradley Finch agreed to Venzie’s request and set the new date for the entire week of June 1-5.

  • Fries urged to focus on tourism

    FRIES — The Town of Fries is looking at opportunities to expand as a tourist attraction.

    Town council used the majority of its Jan. 6 meeting to discuss several options for bringing more traffic into the town, and attracting new businesses and residents.

    Kitty Barker, development specialist for partnership alliance marketing for Virginia Tourism Corporation, arrived at last Tuesday’s meeting to discuss development and marketing strategies related to tourism.

  • VFW's mission: recruit America's newest veterans

    HILLSVILLE — A new satellite group is being formed within the Grover King VFW Post 1115 in Hillsville.

    Mike Lara, a Marine Corps Veteran of the and one of the newer members of Post 1115, has been named coordinator and chairman for the “Young Guns” organization of the post, according to a news release.

    “We are really excited about launching this venture,” Lara said. He had suggested the formation of the group during the VFW’s monthly meeting in December, and it seemed that a large majority of the members present were in favor.

  • Man airlifted from wreck in Ivanhoe

    An Ivanhoe man who suffered serious injuries was airlifted from the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Ivanhoe Road on Thursday.

    According to a report from Virginia State Police Trooper S.M. Phillips, units were dispatched at around 2:35 p.m. on Jan. 8, on reports of a two-vehicle accident on Ivanhoe Road.

    A 2000 Blazer operated by Frank Tidwell, 56, of Ivanhoe, was traveling north when it ran off of the right shoulder of the road about .02 mile north of Virginia 601, and skidded broadside into oncoming traffic.

  • Isom to serve 8 years for manslaughter

    HILLSVILLE — Whitney Lee Isom will serve eight years of a 10-year sentence in prison for an amended charge of involuntary manslaughter in the 2013 shooting death of Kevin Heath Frazier.

    Isom, 29, was sentenced in Carroll County Circuit Court on Wednesday, following a lengthy hearing.

    She was originally charged by direct indictment in December 2013 with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. The charges were placed after Frazier was shot and killed at 70 Rippey Hollow Road in Pipers Gap in October 2013.

  • Police seek help finding sex offender

    The Virginia State Police Sex Offender Unit is asking for the public’s help in locating a sex offender who has failed to re-register.

    Two warrants have been issued for Kenneth Daniel Townsend, 30, of Galax, for violation of probation and failing to re-register in December 2014, according to an alert issued by state police.

    He is described by the state police as African-American, brown eyes, 5’6” tall and weighing 170 lbs. His last known address was on Fifth Avenue in Galax, and police said they believe he is still in the Galax area.

  • Distracted by phone, police say driver crashed into ravine

    No injuries were reported in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 77 on Monday, when a Charlotte, N.C., man reportedly lost control of his vehicle and flipped it after hitting guardrails on both sides of the road.

    According to a report from Virginia State Trooper J.R. Alderman, police and rescue units were called to the scene at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 5.

  • Hospital takes steps to contain spread of flu virus

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, the 2014-2015 flu season is well underway and flu activity is widespread or active in at least 43 states, with elevated activity in the south.

    In the interests of protecting patients and healthcare workers, Twin County Regional Hospital has announced temporary visitation guidelines to contain the spread of the flu virus in its facilities.

    These guidelines, which will begin immediately and remain in effect until the peak flu season passes, include:

  • Readers Hotline 1/7/15

    Too many holidays
    I have always believed there are too many holidays in the United States. The only holidays I recognize are Thanksgiving, Christmas and Veterans’ Day. That is enough and that is all we need.

    Not worth it

  • Public record for 1/7/15 edition

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    These marriage licenses were recorded in June in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

    Clarence Lee Thomas Jr., 45, and Ann Marie Babcock, 42, both of Fries.

    Mark Allen Bryant, 45, and Shawn Yvette Reddick, 39, both of Galax.