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  • Citizen rewarded for honesty, gets to keep found cash

    INDEPENDENCE — A local man’s act of kindness was rewarded this month when the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office returned an unclaimed wallet to the citizen who found it in October.

    On Oct. 12, Glen Goodson of Fairview found cash and turned it in to the sheriff’s office. After posting notices on social media and in the local newspapers, no one stepped forward to claim the money.

  • Grayson schools looking ahead

    INDEPENDENCE ― In his report at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Grayson County School Board, Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said he has discussed a study of potential upgrades for the district’s five schools.

    He brought up the possibility of using electric heat in the future instead of propane, as an example.

    The school board might try to have an official meeting with the county board in December.

  • Final defendant sentenced in 'Rolling Thunder' case

    ABINGDON – Lelana Long, 37, of Meadows of Dan, was sentenced last week to 10 years and one month in prison, bringing to an end Operation Rolling Thunder, a drug investigation that charged a total of 24 people in Virginia and North Carolina for their part in a methamphetamine distribution network.

    Long was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Abingdon on a charge of methamphetamine trafficking, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen.

  • Griffith, Kaine retain seats in Congress

    Staff Reports

    While Virginia continues its transformation into a progressive “blue state” with a series of recent Democratic victories in statewide races, the majority of local voters staunchly held on to conservative “red state” values on Tuesday.

    Democrats took back control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 election, but most voters in the Twin Counties still favored Republican candidates.

  • Readers Hotline 11/7/18

    Get over it
    Well, it’s almost two years since President Trump was elected into office and thank God for that. There’s only one main reason why we have President Trump and that’s eight years of Barack Hussein Obama. Eight years of a globalist agenda putting the world before America, and a socialist agenda, as well. The other reason is Hillary Clinton. My goodness, the most corrupt person ever to run for office. For 30 years, we have known about her lies and deceit. So, you Democrats don’t like President Trump. Just get over it.


    Unofficial results of the Nov. 6 mid-term elections, as recorded by the Virginia State Board of Elections and local registrar's offices:


    Tim Kaine (D) *

    • Statewide — 57% (1,896,174 votes)

    • Carroll — 23% (2,459 votes)

    • Grayson — 25% (1,412 votes)

    • Galax — 34% (620 votes)

    Corey Stewart (R)

    • Statewide — 41% (1,370,707 votes)

  • Vehicle stolen at knifepoint in Cana

    CANA – Two subjects involved in a strong-arm robbery that occurred on Sunday were located and taken into custody by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department on Monday in Cana.

    Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner reported that on Nov. 4 at approximately 7:30 a.m., Sgt. Barry Lineberry and Deputy Jason Newman responded to Timber Road in the Cana community in reference to a strong-arm robbery. Deputies arrived and spoke with the victim, who told them his 1995 red Nissan pickup had been taken from him at knifepoint, the report said.

  • Fugitive, drug suspect arrested after traffic stop

    A vehicle stop in Carroll County on Sunday resulted in the arrest of a man wanted for failure to appear in court, and resulted in additional charges after a vehicle search.

    According to a report from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, on Nov. 4 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Sgt. Barry Lineberry observed a maroon Ford Mustang driving recklessly while traveling south on Wards Gap Road in the Cana section of the county.

  • Peak season for fall leaves

    Staff Reports

    All signs are pointing to a vibrant season of autumn color this year, thanks to plenty of summer and early fall rain, according to Virginia Tech tree physiology expert John Seiler.

    “It looks like a really good fall, as all the soils have been recharged with good rainfall,” Seiler said. “The trees are in a really healthy position.”

    The Virginia Department of Forestry posts foliage reports at its website, dof.virginia.gov/fall/index.htm (or by calling 1-800-424-LOVE).

  • Delp to represent Virginia in national pageant

    Staff Report

    Addyson Delp, 7, of Galax will be representing the state of Virginia at the 6th Annual America’s Majestic Miss National Scholarship Pageant, to be held next month in Atlanta/Marietta, Ga.

    Delp currently holds the title of America’s Majestic Miss Virginia Princess.

    She is the daughter of David and Kristina Delp and is in first grade at Oakland Elementary.