Local News

  • Juvenile stabbed in Grayson

    MOUTH OF WILSON — A Mouth of Wilson man has been charged after allegedly stabbing a 17-year-old male three times the night of Nov. 15.

    Grayson County deputies were called to a home in Mouth of Wilson around 11:47 p.m., according to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    Deputies Arnold Peters and Alan Graham, along with Virginia State Trooper Jerry Sowers, responded to the scene.

    Vaughan said the juvenile and Efrin Sanchez-Cruz, 26, of 1983 Troutdale Highway, reportedly got into an argument over beer.

  • Va./N.C. regional water authority awards bids

    INDEPENDENCE — The Virginia Carolina Water Authority has awarded the final five contracts to finish a regional water system between the towns of Independence and Sparta, N.C.

    The bids — which put the project $784,385 over budget — were approved during the authority's regular meeting Nov. 12.

    Bobby Lane of Lane Engineering told Independence Town Council at its regular meeting two days before that the project total of $8.96 million exceeded the funds available, but that the impact on the Independence water rates would not be affected.

  • Emergency volunteers voice concerns

    HILLSVILLE — Concerned emergency services personnel, mostly rescue squad members, got to speak their minds Nov. 12 about Carroll County withholding funds, using a portion of billing receipts to buy ambulances for different squads, titling of vehicles, reporting requirements and the threatening tone of letters sent from the administrator’s office to the Emergency Services Board.

    Mack Tolbert from Pipers Gap Rescue Squad acted as the spokesman for the other volunteer emergency medical agencies in the county as he brought these issues to the board.

  • Hillsville fire chief resigns

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Fire Chief Mike Musser says he decided to resign his post and step down from Carroll County's Emergency Services Board due to what he characterized as the county's lack of trust in his leadership.

    The Carroll supervisors this week sidestepped the issue of reinstating Hillsville firefighter Roger Hawthorne, who Musser said deserved a second chance.

  • Connections free for a limited time

    INDEPENDENCE — Residents of the Grant community in Grayson County are being urged to hook up to the new public water project under construction now to save money.

    The Grayson board of supervisors unanimously approved increasing the fee for a new water connection throughout the county.

    Previously, the county charged $750 for both same-side and opposite-side connections. With the approved increase, residents will be charged $850 for both types of connections countywide.

  • Veterans honor prisoner of war Talmage Sexton

    INDEPENDENCE — It’s not every day that a memorial service is held without a soldier, but it happened at the Saddle Creek Cemetery on U.S. 58 west of Independence on Oct. 30.

    A color guard from Independence VFW #7726 conducted the service for Talmage Johnson Sexton, honoring him for his service to America.

    Sexton served in the Korean War, and when it ended more than 50 years ago, the enemy never returned or accounted for more than 8,000 American servicemen.

  • Restaurant will serve free meal on Thanksgiving

    On Thursday, as some of us dig into a big turkey dinner, hundreds of people in the community will not be able to afford such a feast.

    Others may not have any friends or family in the area to celebrate with.

    A Galax restaurant is stepping up to make sure everyone, regardless of their situation, can have a Thanksgiving meal this week.

    Crawdaddy's Cajun Cafe, on Washington Street in Galax, will open its doors to anyone on Thursday for a free meal.

    Chaz Cecil, owner and chef at Crawdaddy's, is a Fries native who trained extensively as a chef in New Orleans.

  • Man charged with shooting into house

    MOUTH OF WILSON — A Mouth of Wilson man is in custody after allegedly shooting into an occupied home in Grayson County.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Ray Bush Love, 77, of 1101 Woodcrest Rd. in Mouth of Wilson, has been charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, reckless use of a firearm and trespassing after an altercation at 3696 Highlands Parkway in Mouth of Wilson.

    The Sheriff's Office responded to the home last Tuesday morning after a report of shots being fired.

  • New school still on schedule

    INDEPENDENCE — One of the final pieces of constructing a new school in the western end of Grayson County will begin shortly, after the school board awarded a bid for the septic system at Grayson Highlands School.

    The school system received four bids, according to Personnel Director Chad Newman, with the low bid coming from New River Construction in the amount of $159,900.

    Board Member Gary Burris motioned to accept the bid during the regular school board meeting Nov. 9 and it was seconded by Board Member Hobert Baily. The motion passed unanimously.

  • Public record for 12/2/09 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, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Sept. 16-Oct. 30 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence.

    Lucille Carr and others to Carolyn L. Cox. 10.661 acres in the Oldtown District. $2,500.