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Today's News

  • Late score sinks Blue Devils

    MAX MEADOWS –– Fort Chiswell drove 79 yards in less than two minutes, converting a third-and-26 along the way, and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 27 seconds left to squeak past Grayson County 32-28 Friday in a Western Section Division 2 second round game at C.F. McKinney Field.

    Grayson County, the No. 8 seed, sees its season end at 9-3, while top-seeded Fort Chiswell (11-1) advances to next week’s state quarterfinals against John Battle (11-1).

  • Galax stopped in semifinals

    RICHMOND –– Galax was able to bounce back from a throwaway set in its Group A Division 1 quarterfinal match. The Maroon Tide couldn’t repeat the feat in the state semifinals.

    Tied at one set apiece, Galax managed just 15 points in the third set and 16 in the fourth as Luray ended the Maroon Tide’s season with a 25-22, 22-25, 25-15, 25-16 decision in the second semifinal Friday afternoon at VCU’s Siegel center.

  • Galax plans downtown holiday activities, parade

    The Galax Downtown Association will begin its holiday activities with a “Downtown Open House” this Friday-Saturday.
    Downtown stores will have special sales and displays, and volunteers will offer gift-wrapping in the lobby of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts both days, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
    A donation of cash, peanut butter or juice boxes for Backpack Buddies is requested, in exchange for gift-wrapping.
    Wrapping is offered for any downtown purchases and for Angel Tree gifts. Bring the Angel Tree tag with your gifts.

  • Turns one

    Morgan Machel Anderson celebrated her first birthday Aug. 17 with family and friends. She had a Minnie Mouse themed party at the Galax Fire Department on Aug. 18. She is the daughter of Stephen and Samantha Anderson of Galax.

    Her grandparents are Dave and Becky Williams of Fries and Neil and Debbie Anderson of Galax. Her great-grandparents are Harold and Nancy Williams of Fries and Wayne and Louise Roberts of Independence.

  • She's three

    Palin Leanne Snider turned three Aug. 11. She celebrated with a Wizard of Oz party at her home with family and friends. Her parents are Curtis and Lorie Snider.

    She has two sisters, Paisley and Blair Snider. Her grandparents are Dannny and Linda Deskins of Dugspur and Harold and Joyce Snider of Dublin and the late Kathy Snider. Her great-grandparents are Pauline Marshall of Laurel Fork and Freida Deskins of Hillsville. She has an aunt, Holly Choate.

  • He's one

    Mason Ogle celebrated his first birthday Sept. 21 at his home with family and friends.

    He had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle theme. He is the son of Jared and Tammy Ogle and the grandson of Donnie and Janet Ogle and Kathy and Frank Delp.

  • Public record for 11/21/12 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 in August in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Fire damages Independence Lumber

    INDEPENDENCE — One of the buildings at Independence Lumber Inc. was badly damaged in a fire early Saturday morning.

  • St. Paul School changes opposed

    HILLSVILLE — Busing middle school children from Cana to Hillsville would be similar to Carroll County sports teams riding to play away games in Franklin County, said one speaker at the second public hearing on the grade structure at St. Paul.
    The difference is that Cana students would have to take the bus to Hillsville every day, not to the occasional away game, said Mark Beck, one of the 12 speakers who attended a Carroll County School Board public hearing on Nov. 13.

  • Cliffside sells for $1.3 million at auction

    A Florida couple bought the historic Cliffside mansion in Galax, along with five cottages and six barns all situated near the New River Trail State Park, during an auction on Nov. 9.
    The sale to Don and Liz Bortniak of Lake Worth, Fla., largely keeps intact some of the most visible properties and structures along the trail, a 57-mile biking and hiking route that follows a former rail line from Galax to Fries.
    The Bortniaks bought the buildings and about 21 acres for $1,267,350.