Today's Features

  • INDEPENDENCE — When David Caudill stopped at Grayson Express in Independence for a cup of coffee, it ended up being one heck of a coffee break.

    While he was there, the Independence man played the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game, and his ticket ended up winning the game’s $100,000 top prize.

    He matched all five numbers in the Sept. 7 day drawing. Those winning numbers were 4-7-8-28-32. When he later went online to check the numbers, he didn’t immediately realize he’d won.

  • Tammy Ward and Mike Manning exchanged wedding vows Aug. 7 in front of their church congregation at New Beginnings Community Church in Cana, along with their family and friends.
    Tammy is originally from Grayson County and is the daughter of Barry and Barbara Triplett of Troutdale.

    She is employed as circulation manager at The Gazette.
    Mike is originally from Carroll County and is the son of the late H.R. and Rowena Manning.
    The couple resides in Floyd County.

  • Two couples celebrated a milestone of 64 years of marriage with family and friends on Aug. 14 at Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church in Woodlawn.

    Elizabeth and June Catron were married on April 10, 1952 and Mary and Garnett Junior Lineberry were married on Aug. 2, 1952.
    Both couples are active in their church and community.

  • Louise Branch turns 100 years old today, Friday.
    She has been a resident of Hillsville Health & Rehab (formerly Trinity Mission) since 2013, and previously lived at Wheatland Assisted Living since 2005.

    Branch was born in Knoxville, Tenn. At the time of her birth, Woodrow Wilson was president. She worked most of her life as a seamstress in the textile industry in Knoxville and did not retire until she was in her early 80s. She has been an avid traveler, and one of her favorite trips was to the Holy Land.

  • Julian Matthew Baker celebrated his second birthday June 19, 2016 with his big sister, Mackenzie and big brother, Lane. He is the son of Seth and Larissa Baker.

    His grandparents are Donnie and Kathy Baker, Kathy Halsey and Donny and Becky Haynes. His great-grandparents are Bob and Alice Baker, Vivian Wilson, Betty Haynes and James and Pattie Bolt. Special friends are David and Kim Stamper.

  • Breanna McMillian will celebrate her birthday on August 25th. 

    Her father is Glen McMillian of Big Stone Gap and her mother is Rebecca McMillian of Cana.

  • INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Blue Devils were welcomed with style last Friday, as they charged onto the field to the sight of a newly-installed flag pole; and completely renovated stone bleachers, jam-packed full of cheering fans.

    The opening game of the season was preceded by a rededication ceremony for the Bill Strong Field at the newly named Grayson National Bank Stadium, as well as a dedication ceremony for the flag pole.

  • HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Agriculture Fair is back this year with a full schedule of events and carnival entertainment for all ages. The fair will run from today, Wednesday, through Sunday at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market.

    To kick off the fair, local students in second and third grades will enjoy agriculture education days Tuesday through Thursday, with stations to demonstrate different areas of agriculture. Fifth grade students will attend on Friday.

    The fair schedule includes:

  • Susannah Hampton Paisley Pushkin has tried to find a meaningful use for her family’s 48-acre Historic Paisley Farm on Beech Grove Lane in Baywood, and her 120-acre King George land grant farmland on Pilgrim’s Fork Road in Elk Creek.

    But so far, all leads have turned into dead ends.

  • The second annual Khan-Con last weekend was a destination for lovers of comics, sci-fi and fantasy movies, games and other genres of fandom; and offered a chance for attendees to be real-life heroes for a local boy suffering from a rare disease, Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy.