Today's News

  • CCHS student builds racing mower as tribute to deputy

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County student has respectfully created a memorial to honor the end of watch for a local hero.

    March marked one year since the tragic incident in which Carroll County Deputy Curtis Allen Bartlett lost his life in the line of duty; and he made a lasting impression on the youth and many citizens.

    Community residents are keeping his memory alive in many different ways, but few as unique as Zack Schaefer’s.

  • Bowman to serve 25 years for meth trafficking

    ABINGDON — A Carroll County man convicted as a result of the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.

    Timothy Bowman, 46, of Cana, pleaded guilty last year to two charges related to his involvement in a methamphetamine distribution network. He was sentenced at a hearing April 24 in U.S. District Court in Abingdon.

  • Something To Do from 5/4/2018


    Twin County Cinema III, Galax, (276) 236-7469, www.southeastcinemas.com.
    • Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13)
    • Rampage (PG-13)
    • Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare (PG-13)

    Creekside Cinema, (336) 783-0001, 605 Bluemont Road, Mount Airy, N.C.
    No listings available at press time

    Marquee Cinema, (276) 228-9875, 187 Dominion Street, Wytheville, Va. 24382
    No listings available at press time


  • Gregory turns three


    Parker Gregory turned age 3 on Jan. 1 and celebrated his birthday at home with friends and family.Parker is the son of Jimmie and Whitney Gregory of Elk Creek. He is the grandson of Eddie and Brenda Ward of Independence and Frances Pierce of Brush Creek.

  • Court News from 4/25/2018

    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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in January in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Ward turns four

    He’s four

    Luke Harvey Ward turned 4 years old on Jan. 28. He celebrated with a “Secret Life of Pets” pool party at Wythe Rec Center. He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence. He has three brothers: Braeden, Levi and Grayson. His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Odell Moxley, Mary Jane Hollings-worth, Danna Ward, and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Sluss turns four

    Turns four

    William Cayson Sluss turned age 4 on Feb. 25. He celebrated with a birthday party at Rainbow Creations Bounce with the WWE theme. Family and friends attended. He is the son of Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax. He has a brother, Brandon, and a sister, Madison. His grandparents are Robert and Regina Lundy of Ennice, N.C., and Bud and Pat Sluss of Tazewell.

  • Lauze Blair marry

    Lauze, Blair
    exchange vows

    Debbie Gaye Lauze and Charles George Blair were united in marriage at the home of Edward and LaVern Buchanan in Hillsville on March 25.  
    The wedding was officiated by Edward E. Buchanan, minister of Round Knob Church of Christ, Austinville.
    The bride is the daughter of the late Clinton and Ethel Gallimore of Austinville.
    The groom is a native of White, Ga.
    Present at the ceremony were the bride’s daughter, Brittany; grandson, Cameron (ring bearer); and LaVern Buchanan.

  • Readers Hotline 5/2/18

    Move over, loafers
    I don’t understand why at a store in Independence, all the loafers that stay there for two and three hours at a time and park right in front of the building. Looks like they would be courteous enough to park on the side and let paying customers use the good parking spots.

    Wrong message

  • Supervisors question school spending plan

    INDEPENDENCE — Trust issues and spending questions became topics of a joint budget work session April 26 between the Grayson County Board of Supervisors and the Grayson County School Board.

    While supervisors asked for a more detailed breakdown of spending, school officials argued that they’ve proven the school system has been responsible with public money.