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Today's News

  • With no support, zoning referendum bill fails

    RICHMOND — With no testimony offered before a Virginia Senate committee and no unanimous support from county supervisors, a bill was killed on Tuesday that would have put Grayson’s zoning ordinance to a popular vote.
    The Grayson Board of Supervisors is divided on whether to get rid of zoning, which guides land use and development. It has split 3-2, with the majority faction opposed to zoning.

  • Workers stabilizing wetland at Island Creek

    HILLSVILLE — The stream that flows through the Hillsville Elementary School property next to the FFA farm meanders enough, but still causes deep erosion in its banks.
    Water running under the hillside through Island Creek has actually stripped a large patch on the bank bare of topsoil and vegetation in a sharp bend.
    Erosion would have continued to degrade the quality of the stream, but Branch Highways will step in to repair that damage as part of a contract with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

  • Greear, Kegley engagement announced

    Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thompson Greear of Mouth of Wilson announced the engagement of their daughter, Megan Leann, to William Calder Kegley.
    Kegley is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Andrew Kegley Jr., of Wytheville.

  • Public record for 2/5/14 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 2013 in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Readers' Hotline 2/5/14

    Fight for store
    Attention residents of Galax. Please, let’s all get together and fight to keep Kroger in Galax. This store is a part of us. The employees seem like family to everyone. Please, please everyone call these numbers and try to keep Kroger open. Call (540) 536-3500.

    Wants to sign

  • Delinquent tax collections going slowly in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Sales of property to recoup delinquent taxes have not attracted many buyers, Carroll officials indicated at Jan. 13 county board meeting.
    Supervisor Sam Dickson asked County Attorney Jim Cornwell about how well delinquent tax collections were going during supervisor’s time.
    The last delinquent taxpayer list that Cornwell received came from March 2012, the attorney answered.

  • Water park, foster home find support, but mired in uncertainty

    By PATRICK SMITH and SHAINA STOCKTON
    FRIES — A Fries resident, backed by support from Fries Town Council, is seeking to locate a potential business at the town’s old Washington Mill property.
    Catrinna Shupe, who approached council members in December 2013 with her vision for “Kiddie Cats Cove” — a combined water park and children’s foster home — visited the board again at the Jan. 14 meeting to give an update on her progress.

  • General Assembly members report gifts

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    RICHMOND — Members of the 2014 General Assembly reported accepting more than $260,000 worth of free meals, tickets to football games, overseas trips and other gifts last year, according to legislators’ annual disclosure forms.
    The average value of the gifts was $267, down from $467 in 2011, the most recent comparable post-election year. The overall number of gifts increased to 973 from 534 during the same period.

  • Married musicians find perfect harmony

    Carl Jones and Erynn Marshall found their lives and musical careers entwined for years before they both ended up in Galax.
    At festivals and events from Canada to Georgia, they found their encounters repeating like the chorus of a song.
    The married couple is looking forward to passing down their love of music to other aspiring musicians. They will offer a series of music classes to the community through Chestnut Creek School of the Arts this year.

  • Zoning repeal ready for review

    By PATRICK SMITH and Staff Reports