Today's News

  • School board talks budget, weather closures

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School’s Superintendent Kelly Wilmore discussed the upcoming budget and winter weather school closure policy during the board’s Feb. 11 meeting.

    Beginning with the budget, Wilmore said the staff has been working on the numbers extensively since the beginning of the year, and the primary goal is to continue catching up to teachers’ step raises this year.

  • ‘Hands-free’ driving legislation defeated

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — Traffic safety advocates are upset by the surprise defeat of legislation that would have prohibited motorists in Virginia from holding their cellphones while driving.

    They said the legislation — HB 1811 and SB 1341, which died as the General Assembly adjourned at the end of February — would have helped prevent accidents caused by distracted driving.

  • Tigers trip up Maroon Tide

    BRISTOL –– The effort was there. Goodness gracious, it was all over the place. Conspicuous effort rewarded by a bloody nose, floor-burned knees and elbows, faces red from exertion and bruises that would be felt for days. But Galax’s effort would not will the ball into the hole.

  • Woodlawn named historical site

    WOODLAWN – Woodlawn School was granted historic status on the National Historic Register earlier this month after the past year’s successful efforts by the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA).

    The designation will be used as a means of revitalizing the property.

    The school, which has a rich educational history spanning the past 140 years, served as the first private male and female academy founded in 1878 and became the Woodlawn Normal Institute in 1898.

  • Business owner charged with sexual battery in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – Charges were filed last week in Carroll County leading to the arrest of a Hillsville business owner, after an employee filed a complaint against him alleging sexual battery.

    According to Carroll County General District Court records, Aniello Palumbo, 46, owner of 508 Brews & Company and former owner of Tony’s Pizza, was arrested on Feb. 18 for an alleged Class 1 misdemeanor offense of sexual battery that took place on Feb. 17.

    A protective order has also been served against Palumbo on behalf of the complainant.

  • Carroll man pleads guilty to shooting

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — John Ford Gilliam of Woodlawn has pleaded guilty to two amended charges related to the July 14, 2018, shooting of a Fries man.

    Thursday’s plea hearing in Grayson County Circuit Court was rescheduled from Jan. 24.

    Gilliam was charged in a shooting that occurred on the New River near Fries. Police say he was involved in a confrontation on a boat that resulted in a man being shot in the arm.

  • Help sought for Lord’s Acre Sale, Fries Library

    FRIES — Fries Town Council was visited by two special guests during its Feb. 5 meeting: Mary Thomas, director of the Wythe-Grayson Regional Library, and Thomas Lee, an organizer of the annual Lord’s Acre Sale in Galax.

    The council meeting was held in the Fries Theatre, due to ongoing repairs after the Christmas Eve 2018 flood.

    Hundreds of gallons had flooded the Fries Library and the building’s lobby; and also seeped into other areas of the building. The flood was caused by a sprinkler on the third floor of the building.

  • Guns in church bill shot down

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — While most people go to church to worship, security expert Chernoh Wurie goes to worship and protect. He leads security at Hill City Church in the Richmond area.

    A bill to allow weapons, including firearms, within places of worship died in the House last week. Senate Bill 1024, introduced by Sen. Richard Black (R-Loudoun) passed the Senate along party lines, 21-19, but died in the House Rules Committee. The bill sought to repeal a law on the books since the 1950s.

  • Public Record from 2-27-2019

    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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in October in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

    Daniel Stuart Moser of Galax, guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $25 fine and $126 costs.

  • Something To Do from 2-22-2019


    Twin County Cinema III, Galax, (276) 236-7469, www.southeastcinemas.com.

    • How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG)

    • Alita: Battle Angel (PG-13)

    • Happy Death Day 2U (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