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Today's News

  • Mission of Mercy

    Dina Slusher, Barry Newman and Dwayne Harmon can't get the horrific images of Haiti out their heads, after going on mission trips to the country in 2009 and early this year.

    The places where they provided assistance and stayed during their weeks in Haiti have now been lost in the earthquake.

    Some of the children and families that they grew attached to died in the disaster.

    So many children that they've seen, touched and fed have died.

  • Guardian cuts 52 workers

    Guardian Industries of Galax, also known as Consolidated Glass & Mirror Corp. laid off 52 employees Tuesday.

    This reduction was directly related to the challenging economic conditions facing the country over the past three years, according to a press release issued today, Wednesday.

  • State wrestling update

     

     Updated at 12:01 a.m.

  • MED season comes to a close...finally

    INDEPENDENCE -- Two district tournaments were crammed into one day to make room for this? In the final games of the Mountainee^Empire District regular season Thursday, Grayson County whi

  • Maroonee^Tide breezes into semifinals

    Galax tuned up for its challenge against higher-seeded opposition in the Mountain Empire District varsity girls’ basketball tournament by cruising to a relatively easy 75-37 triumph over rival Grayson County Friday night.  A balanced attack for the Mar

  • Public record for 2/24/10 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 more information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in October in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Pothole predicament

    Winter portends a perilous number of driving pitfalls, but patchy pavement doesn't usually lead the pack of problems.

    But this winter has presented a particularly potent set of potholes for motorists to pass through.

    The proof in the pudding can be found in a long line of damaged vehicles forced to the shoulder of Interstate 77, near the 11 mile marker of the northbound lanes.

    There were reports of dozens of disabled vehicles needing repairs to wheels and tires as a result of dipping into large depressions, causing sudden deflations.

  • Federal loan will buy 6 buses

    HILLSVILLE — A federal loan will help Carroll schools add six new buses to update its fleet.

    The Carroll County School Board signed off on the idea at its Feb. 9 meeting with a resolution that will allow the division to roll off some of its older buses.

    The Carroll Industrial Development Authority provided assistance, too, in administering the loan.

  • Grayson to pay more

    INDEPENDENCE — The bad news for Grayson County's upcoming budget season got worse last Monday afternoon when Gov. Bob McDonnell announced he will undo a proposed freeze of the Local Composite Index, a formula that determines how much a locality can afford to spend on education.

    In December, Grayson Public Schools' Finance Director Julie Bear told the school board that the school system's composite index had risen nearly 22 percent, which means the state calculated that Grayson should be able to pay more towards the school system's budget than it has previously.

  • Food stamp use on the rise in Galax

    The number of local households receiving food stamps is gradually increasing, according to Susan Clark, director of the Galax Department of Social Services.

    With the state of the economy, it's hardly surprising that the number of those seeking assistance is growing.

    As of December 2009, 924 households (or 1,767 people) received food stamp assistance, which is now being called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). That's up from 854 households, or 1,664 people, at the beginning of last year.