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Today's News

  • Grayson LandCare opens new office

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson LandCare and the Independence Farmers’ Market had a lot to celebrate May 13, as the first market of the season kicked off in the Independence Town Square, followed by the grand opening and ribbon cutting at Grayson LandCare’s new office at 110 Courthouse Street.

    The Farmers’ Market was bustling with customers from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. that Friday, with several returning vendors offering fresh fruits, plants, baked goods and hand-made items.

  • Galax firefighters handle two calls at once

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department spent a busy Sunday afternoon fighting two fires back-to-back.

    Engines were first dispatched to a two-story home’s flue fire on Fairview Road, which Capt. Mike Ayers said did not cause any monetary damage.

    “We used the tower [ladder truck] to get up and start dropping chimney bombs, which put it out,” said Ayers. “We try to use water only as a last resort in a flue fire. The flue was cleaned out after being totally stopped up.”

  • Carroll, Galax schools in no rush to pass restroom policies

    By SHANNON WATKINS and SARA BLANKENSHIP, Staff

    In contrast to the Grayson County school administration, Carroll and Galax school systems are adopting a cautious approach.

    Galax Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill said any action taken will be within a framework of tolerance and acceptance.

    He pointed out that the letter of guidance from the U.S. Department of Education was partly created to help school systems figure out how to handle the issue of transgender students in a sensitive manner.

  • Hearing delayed in dog mauling case

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A preliminary hearing date has been set for Terra Connell and John Underwood of Independence, who both face several charges in the Jan. 6 dog attack that resulted in the death of 15-month-old Payton Lyrik Sawyers.

    On Aug. 23, Connell, 29, will attend a preliminary hearing at Grayson County General District Court for a charge of owning a vicious dog, as well as a charge of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

  • Stesen, Hanks to be married

    Ashley Renee Stesen and Joshua Dane Hanks of Galax announced their engagement and upcoming marriage later this year.

    Stesen is the youngest daughter of Deanna Carico Burgess and Lawrence Burgess of Galax. She is the granddaughter of Donna Cooley Carico and Danny Lee Carico of Galax. She is the great-granddaughter of the late H.G. and Nona Fae Cooley and Berlie and Elsie Faye Carico.
    Hanks is the son of Wayne and Sheila Hanks of Hillsville.

  • He's two

    Jonas Lynn Stockner turned 2 on April 28. He celebrated with a Paw Patrol party at Galax Roller Land with family and friends.

    Jonas is the son of Zeth and Ashley Stockner.  His grandparents are Tommy and Cherie Stockner and Junior and Tammey Osborne. His big brother is Jaxson Stockner.

  • Public record for 5/25/16 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in September 2015 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Readers Hotline 5/25/16

    People matter
    I would like someone to put more recipes in The Gazette and old-timey remedies and folklore and things of days gone by. We are getting ahead of ourselves with these smart phones and computers and are moving away from what really matters in life, and that is each other and passing along stories and family traditions and recipes. We need to get back to our roots. Smart phones and computers aren’t everything. It’s the people in our lives that are.

    A new day

  • Late rally leads to 10-0 Grayson win

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County turned a nailbiter into a run-rule win with an eight-run explosion in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday, running past Fort Chiswell 10-0 in a Mountain Empire District game at the Grayson National Bank Baseball Complex.

    The Blue Devils locked up the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in this week’s Conference 39 tournament, plus an automatic berth into next week’s Region 2A West tournament, improving to 16-3 with the win.

  • Maroon Tide girls claim Conference 46 crown

    BLACKSBURG –– The Galax girls’ tennis team opened the season with plenty of questions. At least one of them was answered Thursday at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center at Virginia Tech.

    Yes, the Maroon Tide is good enough to win the conference.