Today's News

  • Baker, Bond to marry

    Donald R. Bond and Sue Bond of Galax recently announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Magen, to Alex Baker, son of Kathy Cox of Independence and John Baker of Roanoke.

    A wedding is being planned for Sept. 26 in Mouth of Wilson.
    Family and friends are invited to attend.

  • Patton family celebrates birthdays

    Children of the late Arthur and Susie Patton celebrated their brother Frank’s 80th birthday at their former home place that is now the New River Lodge in Galax.

    Five of the siblings have reached age 80 — Wilma, Odell, Hazel, Junior and now Frank. There was food, singing, and music by the Loose Strings. About 60 friends and family members enjoyed the day. Pictured (from left) Millie Bullins, Hazel Montgomery, Nell Williams, Bobbie Patton, Odell Hall and Wilma Showalter. Seated in front are Frank Patton and William Arthur Patton Jr.

  • Twins turn 90

    Alma Ruth Phillips Vaught and Arnold J. Phillips celebrated their 90th birthday on June 21, 2015, at the Jerusalem United Methodist Church decoration and homecoming luncheon.

  • She's five

    Taelynn Isabella Mundy celebrated her fifth birthday on July 2 at Chuck E. Cheese’s in Winston-Salem, N.C. Her sisters, Hope Gaynor and Timber Mundy, helped her celebrate along with many special friends and family members. She is the daughter of John and Tammy Utt of Woodlawn and Tim and Britt Mundy of Max Meadows. Her maternal grandparents are Brenda Liddle of Woodlawn and Charles Liddle of Galax. Her paternal grandparents are Don and Mabelene Beverly of Cana and Wayne Mundy of Cana.

  • Public record for 8/26/15 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 Dec. 17, 2014 – Jan. 6, 2015, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville.

  • Firefighters respond to backseat blaze

    According to Capt. Matthew Adams, the Independence Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a car fire on Grayson Parkway last week.

    On arrival, crews found a fire under the rear of the car and in the back seat area.

    Three fire trucks and 13 firefighters responded and extinguished the fire. Adams says firefighters believe the fire originated due to a transmission line break.

    The driver was able to escape the vehicle unharmed.

  • Grayson keeping school chief interviews confidential

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board will conduct interviews with candidates to fill the school superintendent’s seat from Aug. 24 to Sept. 2.

    Board Chairman Larry Bartlett confirmed that candidates for superintendent will be interviewed “in a closed meeting at an undisclosed location for the next 15 days [beginning Aug. 24].”

    The school board received 27 inquiries about the position and 19 applications, according to a summary provided by School Board Chairman Larry Bartlett.

  • Kaine tours CCHS lab, Vaughan-Bassett plant

    U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) made two Twin Counties stops on his way through Southwest Virginia last Thursday, visiting the STEM lab at Carroll County High School and the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture plant in Galax.

    The stops were part of Kaine’s swing through Virginia on U.S. 58.

    At the CCHS lab, Kaine saw several students demonstrate projects they’re working on. The STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) lab at CCHS had a strong agricultural focus, and a farm for its use.

  • River property hearing overflows

    INDEPENDENCE — The crowd spilled out the door and into the hallway of the Grayson County Courthouse boardroom on Aug. 18, as citizens arrived to address the Grayson Planning Commission about possible zoning ordinance changes to properties along the New River.

    The main purpose of the commission’s monthly meeting, as advertised in local papers earlier in the month, was to receive comments regarding “proposed text amendments” to the county’s zoning ordinance related to the shoreline recreation district of the county.

  • Readers Hotline 8/24/15

    None of your business
    This shout out goes to the man who left a letter in my mailbox this week. It came addressed with just my first name and no return address. What a cowardly thing to do, and also illegal. I would like to let you know, it is not your job to set this old girl straight. This is just a little Peyton Place and you are a Harper Valley hypocrite.

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