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Today's News

  • Parkway will remain open during shutdown

    Staff Report

    During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures.

    Park roads, overlooks and trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway will remain accessible to visitors, as long as weather permits, the National Park Service (NPS) announced Saturday, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.

  • Readers Hotline 12/24/18

    Half-scraped
    I’m calling about the roads not being scraped good over here in Fries. It’s just right in the middle of the road is about the only place, especially on Opossum Hollow Lane. He run in the middle of the road up and down and we haven’t had mail for five days and the VDOT truck come in a while ago and scraped pretty close to the mailbox. But, the man who has been scraping our road don’t need to be just half scraping. I wish they would get another man to do it. Somebody that knows what they’re doing.

  • Something To Do from 12-21-2018

    Movies

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

    • Aquaman (PG-13)

    • Mary Poppins Returns (PG)

    • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG)

    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

    Music

  • Public Record from 12-19-2018

    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 August in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Something To Do from 12-14-2018

    Movies

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

    • Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (PG)

    • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG)

    • Creed II (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

    Music

  • Public Record from 12-12-2018

    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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in August in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Galax boys get into win column; Tide girls top Wythe

    After opening its season with a pair of Mountain Empire District losses, Galax stepped out of the district and into the win column Wednesday, shutting down Eastern Montgomery 48-20 for the team’s first victory of the season.

  • Comeback comes up short

     HILLSVILLE –– Fielding one of its strongest girls’ basketball teams in years, Christiansburg holds a lot of advantages over opponents as soon as they walk on the floor. Perhaps the Blue Demons’ biggest advantage Tuesday at Carroll County was that they needed only to come back from one point down instead of 20.

  • Carroll school buses collide

    HILLSVILLE – Local emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle crash between two Carroll County School buses that occurred in Hillsville on Wednesday evening.

    According to reports from Hillsville Police Department Officer Austin Atkins, the accident took place at approximately 3:40 p.m. near the Virginia Department of Transportation office on Virginia Street. The driver of Carroll County Bus #14, Kendra Holt Leonard, 37, of Cana, failed to stop, running into the back of Carroll County Bus #68, driven by Jason Daniel Easter, 37, of Cana.

  • Driver takes last ride after 55 years

    FRIES — On Joe Vaughan’s last day as a bus driver, the staff of Fries School staff, Grayson County school system personnel and county board members celebrated his 55-year career.

    On Nov. 30, Vaughan was presented with a certificate and cake from Sandra Anders, director of transportation; an envelope from Susie Funk, assistant superintendent of instruction; and a walking stick to use during his retirement from Fries Principal John Alexander.