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Today's News

  • Grant will pay for school security upgrades

    INDEPENDENCE — Last week, Gov. Bob McDonnell awarded $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants to improve safety and security for students and teachers in 459 Virginia schools and regional education programs, including Grayson County
    The school division was awarded a $50,536 grant to be used at five schools.
    The grants will pay for security equipment, including video monitoring systems, metal detectors, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems and communications systems providing direct links between schools and law enforcement agencies.

  • Mayor hears support, opposition from citizens

    HILLSVILLE — Two citizens took the opportunity at Monday’s town council meeting to speak about the Hillsville mayor’s misdemeanor charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer.
    The citizens who spoke were evenly split in their opinions — one said it is too early to judge Mayor Greg Crowder after he was charged in Bristol by a Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control agent in August, while the other said Crowder should step down for the good of Hillsville.

  • Fender investigated 9/11 Pentagon attack

    Almost everyone remembers what they were doing when the planes hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
    What Southwest Virginia native Doug Fender remembers about that day is how he spent the following weeks immersed in an investigation of the crime scenes, uncovering evidence that tied these tragedies to the terrorists who were responsible.
    Fender is a former special agent and senior special agent bomb technician with the FBI.

  • Halseys celebrate 50th anniversary

    Volney Baptist Church honored its pastor, the Rev. Doug Halsey and his wife Jean, with a surprise lunch in the church’s fellowship hall after morning services July 21.

    The fellowship hall was decorated for the occasion with flowers, candles and balloons. There was a four-tiered cake and family photos. About 80 people attended.
    The couple were presented with a scrapbook covering their 50 years together as well as the years they have been at the church.

  • She's three

    Taelynn Isabella Mundy celebrated her third birthday on July 2 with a pool party at her home. Her sisters Hope Gaynor and Timber Mundy helped celebrate, along with many special friends and family members.

    She is the daughter of Tammy L. Liddle and Tim L. Mundy. Maternal grandparents are Brenda Liddle and Emory Bearden of Woodlawn, and Charles Liddle of Galax. Paternal grandparents are Don and Mabelene Beverly and Wayne Mundy, all of Cana.

  • He's one

    Nolan Jay Spurlin celebrated his first birthday on Aug. 8 with a cookout at his house with family.

    His parents are Jason Spurlin and Jill Cockerham of Galax. His grandparents are Danny and Carolyn Cockerham and Mike and Anita Spurlin, all of Galax.

  • He's seven

    Justin Beasley celebrated his seventh birthday with a Spiderman party at his Grandmother Becky’s house. His parents are Andrew Beasley and Elizabeth Brooks, both of Hillsville.

  • Public record for 9/11/13 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded July 25-Aug. 7 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Graham edges Maroon Tide at Draper Valley

    DRAPER –– Graham continued its run of Mountain Empire District golf wins, taking honors in a four-team match Thursday at Draper Valley Golf Club.

    The G-Men put together a four-man score of 159 to top Galax by six shots. Grayson County finished third at 182, three strokes ahead of host Fort Chiswell.

    Graham’s Ben Ramsey led the way in the individual standings with a 35 while Galax’s Dominic DiGiacomo was a strong second at 37 and Nick Sage shot 40. Cole Davis paced Grayson County with his 42.  

    VOLLEYBALL

  • Maroon Tide tops Floyd to continue fast start

    Galax had seen this movie before. The Maroon Tide opted for the alternate ending this time around.

    Overcoming a third-set hiccup, Galax regrouped and downed Floyd County 25-13, 25-16, 22-25, 25-17 and improved to 5-0 on the year after a nondistrict volleyball win Thursday.