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Today's News

  • Grayson fire causes heat, smoke damage

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 5:16 a.m. Saturday morning, located at 408 Mockingbird Lane in the Oldtown section of Grayson County, according to a fire department press release.

    The fire was contained to the living room area, but the home suffered extensive smoke and heat damage. Naomi McKinney, a resident of the home, stated that she had left a candle burning and that it apparently had started the fire. The home is owned by Conley Kyle of Galax.

  • She's three

    Cassidy “Cassie” Lynne Marshall turned three on July 23.  Her birthday was celebrated with a Merida river party. She is the daughter of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall. She is younger sister of Izzie, and older sister to Briley Marshall.

    Her grandparents are Randy and Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. Her great-grandparents are M.C. and Irene Bell, the late Verna Liddle, O’Neal and O’Needa Terry, the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • She's one

    Blair Marie Dalton celebrated her first birthday July 3. She is the daughter of Jason and Stephanie Dalton.

    Her grandparents are Ricky and Cissy Dalton of Fancy Gap, Ernestine and Robert Clark of Fairview and Danilo and Iris Martinez of Cypress, Texas. Her great-grandparents are Ralph and Modena Dalton of Woodlawn and Annabelle Horton of Fancy Gap. She has two sisters, Jenna and Kristen Dalton.

  • Myers, Stone marry

    Lindsay Erin Myers and Roger Dale Stone were married May 3, 2014, at Graystone Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tenn.
    Michael Thomas was the officiating minister.
    Maid of honor was Kelly Myers, sister of the bride. Matron of honor was Gayle Higgs, sister of the bride.
    Bridesmaids were Laura Benner, Katie Helms, Mandi Meek and Amy Cole.
    Groomsmen were Fred Stone, father of the groom; Garrett Cole, brother‑in‑law of the groom; and Jonathan Cole, Kevin Kosier, Kent Kosier and Justin Black.
    Ring bearer was Dylan Benner.

  • Public record for 8/13/14 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.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded in February in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Joshua Dean Billings of Sparta, N.C., and Morgen Brittany Keith, 26, Ennice, N.C.

  • Fries Fiddlers' Convention starts Aug. 15 at new venue

    FRIES – Now that the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention is over, it’s time to move on to Fries for the Old Fiddlers Convention sponsored by the Fries Volunteer Fire Department.

    This year’s convention, the 47th annual, gets underway Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at the old Providence School. This is the first convention at the old school site. It has been held at the Fries Ball Park in years past.

  • Jones gets new trial date in murder case

    INDEPENDENCE — Matthew Steven Jones, who faces a first-degree murder charge, was granted a new trial date by Grayson County Circuit Court Judge Brett Geisler during an appearance last Friday.

    His jury trial was originally set for Sept. 10, 11 and 13, but it was changed to Nov. 19-21.

    He is represented by Hillsville attorney Karen Boyer.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts four

    INDEPENDENCE — Indictments against four suspects that were sealed by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury have been opened.

    The grand jury met July 25 and sealed several indictments. They were unsealed after the warrants were served.

    According to court records:

    • Colt Andrew Matthews, 29, of Galax, was indicted on two counts of aggravated sexual battery and two misdemeanor accounts of assault on a family member.

  • 2014 Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention Winners

    BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMER

    Eddie Bond - Fries

    OLD-TIME FIDDLE

    1. Eddie Bond, Galax

    2. Jake Krack - St. Albans, W.Va.

    3. Tessa Dillon - St. Albans, W.Va.

    4. Kilby Spencer - Galax

    5. Joe Furtado - Front Royal

    6. Kitty Amaral - Elk Creek

    7. Corrina Logston - Nashville, Tenn.

    8. Nate Leath - Charlottesville

    9. Richard Bowman - Mount Airy, N.C.

    10. Erika Testerman - Lansing, N.C.

    DOBRO

  • Truck hits local home, causes no fatalities

    WOODLAWN — A delivery truck headed west towards Galax on U.S 58 swerved off the road and hit a private home, causing structural damage but no fatalities, according to Virginia State Police.

    No one was home at the time, and no injuries were reported. The driver, who state police identified as Donald Wayne Goode, was ambulatory at the scene of the accident.

    State police and the Galax Volunteer Fire Department were summoned to 6764 Carrollton Pike in the Midway Heights community for the incident, which occurred at 10:10 a.m. Monday.