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Today's News

  • Community Christmas Chest needs donors, volunteers

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department announced in October that it will once again sponsor the Community Christmas Fund that it oversaw 70 years ago.
    Now that the holidays are getting closer, the department is looking to the community for help bringing the spirit of Christmas to hundreds local families.

  • County pitches in $10K for new ball field

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Supervisors have pitched in $10,000 to go towards construction of a recreational facility at the Grayson Highlands School,  as long as the school board and school’s Parent-Teacher Organization are willing to put in equal amounts.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet received a letter last month from Rhonda Halsey, Grayson Highlands PTO president, asking the board to consider a donation.

  • Trio sentenced in lottery ticket scheme

    HILLSVILLE — Three former employees of Blue Ridge Tobacco and Candle in Galax have been ordered to pay restitution of more than $120,000 after pleading guilty in a case involving embezzlement from the business.
    Amy Carrico Roberts of Galax, Holly Dawn Kelley of Fancy Gap and Carolyn Kaye Lane of Fancy Gap were indicted in Carroll County Circuit Court in 2009, according to court records.

  • Public record for 11/27/13 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.

    Land Transfers

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

  • Fire damages home in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — A space heater apparently caused a Nov. 23 fire at 569 Sylvatus Highway Nov. 23 at approximately 1 a.m.
    Hillsville Fire Department volunteers responded to the Star trailer park, owned by Emory Bearden and rented by Curtis Keith to house several seasonal workers for the Christmas tree harvest, according to emergency officials.
    “Fire started from a space heater that set a wall on fire, then the electrical circuit shorted out and burned a small amount under the trailer,” firefighters said in a news release.

  • Readers' Hotline 11/27/13

    Strains continue
    On Aug. 1, 2012, there was a call titled “family strains,” regarding the son who wouldn’t call the grandfather about the kids. Do you know what is going on now? It is called justice for the innocent. The Lord did answer, and amen that he did or those innocent ones would still be subjected to the situation. Justice prevailed to show that mother you found so saintly wasn’t quite so saintly after all.

    Time to repent

  • Man charged after incident at Hillsville restaurant

    HILLSVILLE — An apparently intoxicated customer drew the attention of workers at McDonald’s first and then police, which lead to several felony charges last Thursday against a 31-year-old Sparta, N.C., man.
    Workers at the Interstate 77 Exit 14 area fast food restaurant notified the Hillsville Police Department of a man and a woman who appeared to be intoxicated, according to a news release.

  • Citizens worry about potential zoning changes

    INDEPENDENCE — Several citizens were on hand to ask questions at a Nov. 19 Grayson Planning Commission public hearing, shifting the focus of the meeting from the county’s updated 2013 comprehensive plan to a discussion about the zoning ordinance.
    Several citizens were concerned about rumors that the Grayson County Board of Supervisors wants to revoke the zoning ordinance or make drastic changes.
    Now that it has heard from citizens, the planning commission will send the updated plan to the supervisors for review.

  • Wildwood could get $962K utilities grant

    RICHMOND — Virginia Tobacco Commission staff has recommended granting $962,500 to pay for the first phase of a sewer expansion to make the Wildwood Commerce Park more attractive as a potential site for food processing.
    The tobacco commission received five proposals requesting $20.7 million under its “megasite” industrial park grants, with $12.7 million of assistance funds budgeted, according to information from the state agency. This made the selection process very competitive.

  • Grayson supervisors hear commerce park report

    INDEPENDENCE — Ken McFadyen, director of the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority, attended the Grayson County Board of Supervisors meeting this month to give an update on the Wildwood Commerce Park.
    McFadyen began his presentation by reminding the board and citizens in attendance that Grayson County is a one-third partner in development of the park located off Exit 19 of Interstate 77 in Carroll County.
    While it is not located in Grayson, McFadyen said the county will reap the benefits equally from the park as it continues to develop.