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Today's News

  • Flanagans celebrate anniversary

    Donald and Juanita (Parnell) Flanagan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 17.

    Both are retired from Sara Lee.

  • Public record for 5/20/15 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in September of 2014 in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Lost plane found, no survivors

    UPDATE FROM VIRGINIA STATE POLICE:

    The wreckage of the missing aircraft has been located near Saltville, according to Virginia State Police. There were no survivors.

  • Woodlawn studio offering self-protection classes

    WOODLAWN — The summer schedule for The Studio in Woodlawn will include a variety of classes and workshops, as well as a series of self-protection classes and concealed carry firearms classes.

    Located across from the Midway Shell station on Carrollton Pike in Woodlawn, The Studio opened earlier this year with a hodgepodge of choices for clients, including yoga classes, children’s theater and venue rentals. But as business owner DeeDee Wright mapped out plans for her studio space, a new opportunity for promoting community safety was presented.

  • Grayson makes cuts to personnel

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board voted 3-1 last at its May 11 meeting to reduce the school system’s support staff positions by 16 to help balance its 2015-2016 operating budget.

    In April, the board voted to reduce 11 teaching positions as part of the reduction in force plan, but failed to approve the staff reductions.

  • Readers Hotline 5/18/15

    Rock around the clock
    I’d like to comment on the classic car cruise-in season that is coming up in Galax and Hillsville. Beach music is great but beach music isn’t the only kind of music. Classic car music is cruising music and that is 1950s, 60s and 70s music. Stuff like Rock around the Clock, Elvis, The Twist. Songs like that are the ones that people really want to hear. Beach music is great, but we need a live band or a deejay playing the good old rock-n-roll.

  • Litter is more than just an eyesore

    The community celebrated Earth Day this year through a countywide effort to tidy up cluttered roadsides, and the fruits of that labor were definitely hard to miss. According to the paperwork filed for this year’s roadside project in Carroll County, more than 300 citizens collected more than 1,300 bags of trash, and numerous large items including tires and furniture during the months of April and May.

  • Democrats nominate Williams for Grayson clerk

    INDEPENDENCE — Robert “Bobby” Williams officially received the Democratic nomination to run for Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk at the party’s caucus in Independence on May 7.

    Williams is a lifelong resident of Grayson County and currently resides in Fairview. He is the son of Bobby and Louise Williams of Galax and is engaged to Kari Walls.

  • Grayson Republicans choose Brooks to challenge prosecutor

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Republican Committee has chosen a candidate to run for commonwealth’s attorney in the Nov. 3 election.

    Roger Brooks was nominated at the committee’s mass meeting on May 2 at the Independence Fire Station.

    Brooks will challenge independent incumbent Doug Vaught for the constitutional office.

    In addition to Brooks, the committee nominated Susan Herrington as a candidate for clerk of the circuit court and Larry Bolt for commissioner of revenue.

  • Republican primary ends two contests

    HILLSVILLE — Results are in for the Carroll County Republican Primary on May 16, which concluded two contested races for the party’s nominations this year.

    According to official numbers from the committee, Phil Hawks defeated Ronald Newman 610-576 in a tight race for the clerk of court nomination.