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Today's News

  • School board names Bartlett new chairman

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Larry Bartlett moved up the ranks quickly on the Grayson County School Board.

    He was appointed May 22, sworn in Memorial Day and on Tuesday night, he was elected chairman.

    Gary Burris made the motion to elect Bartlett as chairman and Fred Weatherman seconded the motion and asked that Bartlett be elected by acclamation.

    There were no other nominations and the vote was unanimous, with Bartlett abstaining.

    Shannon Holdaway is vice chairman of the five-member board.

  • Reeves found not guilty of murder

    Read Day 1 of the trial HERE

    INDEPENDENCE — After deliberating for more than four hours on Wednesday, a jury found Chad Allen Reeves not guilty in the October 2002 killing of Brandon Billings, a high school student found shot to death in his truck near the New River.

    The jury received the case around 3:40 p.m. and returned with a verdict around 8 p.m.

  • Twins turn two

    Sophie and Emma Bergeron turned age two on May 17. They are the daughters of Boo and Penny Bergeron and the sisters of Dana and Landon. They celebrated with an Olaf party at their home.

    They are granddaughters of Gary and Lisa Bergeron of Mississippi, Lisa Rattlinggourd of Pearisburg and Ronnie and Debbie Hoffman of Galax. They are the great-granddaughters of Althea and the late Bert Bergeron of Mississippi, Vance and the late Helen Hoffman of Galax, and the late Carl and Anne Fisher of Pearisburg.

  • Public record for 6/3/15 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 October of 2014 in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

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  • Stormwater work should fix flooding in Galax

    City Manager Keith Barker recently took Galax City Council members on a tour of the renovations and improvements being done in the low-lying and flood-prone Bottom Area around Givens Street.

    Building Official Terry Atwell, who is acting as the rehab specialist for the project, came along to explain some of the finer points of the Bottom Area renovations.

    The tour lasted about 30 minutes and covered a few blocks of the area.

  • Murder case break came in 2010

    By SHANNON WATKINS and CHUCK BURRESS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The break in the cold case investigation of Brandon Billings’ 2002 slaying occurred in 2010 when the former live-in girlfriend of accused slayer Chad Allen Reeves implicated him in the case, court proceedings revealed Monday.

    Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught said in opening arguments that Tammy Simone provided the break when she described for investigators what Reeves told her in the hours after Billings was killed on Oct. 6, 2002.

  • City bids farewell to longtime employees

    Galax City Council honored two retiring longtime employees at its May 11 meeting and recognized the city’s water treatment plant, which won an award.

    Evelyn Bottomley, a utility clerk, and Nancy Hutchens, an accounts clerk, were each honored with a plaque and a watch. Bottomley served 21 years and three months; Hutchens served 15 years and nine months.

    Both are retiring from the director of finance’s office.

  • Grayson School Board calls emergency meeting

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board held an emergency called meeting May 30 at the central office in Independence.

    The meeting was called for the board to discuss accounting information with Norma Quesinberry, the school system’s director of finance. No action was taken after the meeting.

    A school auditor was scheduled to be at the central office on Monday to meet with Quesinberry.

  • Raiders stun Galax in 1A West

    Matthew Branham was effectively wild. But at this time of year, anything that works is wildly effective.

    Branham’s two-hitter was enough to overcome seven walks and five wild pitches as J.I. Burton upset Galax 7-4 in the Region 1A West quarterfinals Monday at Felts Park.