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Today's News

  • Letter to the Editor for 12/1/08

    Humane Society appreciates help

    Twin County Humane Society would like to express its gratitude to The Hardware Company and everyone that helped make its first Pancake Breakfast for Man’s Best Friends a huge success.

    It is because of caring animal lovers that we are able to continue to provide assistance to pet lovers in the Carroll, Grayson and Galax areas.

    The money raised will help to fund spay/neuter assistance, school and community education programs and adoption services.

  • Vaughan-Bassett to close Elkin plant

    ELKIN, N.C. — Vaughanee'Bassett Furniture Company announced Monday that it will "mothball" its Elkin plant in 60 days, which will lead to the loss of approximately 400 jobs.

    The Galax, Va.-based company emphasized, however, that it has no plans to sell either its plant or its equipment.

  • Dogs to be returned to Winesett

    HILLSVILLE — Because state authorities failed to get a court date within the required time for a matter involving 63 dogs seized from a Carroll County man, possession of the dogs will return to the owner.

  • Galax rips Holston in opener

    DAMASCUS –– Galax opened its girls’ basketball season with a bang, bolting to a 19-point halftime lead and crushing Holston 71-32 in a nondistrict game Monday night.

    All 11 players scored for the Maroon Tide, which had assists on 27 of its 32 field goals and committed only 12 turnovers.

    Jamie Webb had six points in the second quarter as Galax took a 33-14 halftime lead. Allison White added six points in the third quarter and Bailey Shumate poured in 11 fourth-quarter points to lead all scorers with 15. Shumate also had six assists and four steals.

  • Tide hits ground running

    HILLSVILLE –– Included among the many thoughts racing through the head of Galax coach Verl Brown before the Maroon Tide’s season opener Wednesday night were his belief that his team would be only as good as its senior leadership. Another was the concern over how well his new kids would handle playing their first varsity game on the home floor of one of the Tide’s most heated rivals.

    The seniors more than did their share. As for dealing with the supercharged atmosphere, that lasted all of six minutes and 20 seconds.

  • Grayson boys begin to rebuild

    INDEPENDENCE –– With four returning starters, including the team’s top two scorers, its top two rebounders and its top assist man, Grayson County’s 3-18 record last year will hopefully be what it is now – in the past.

  • Grayson girls starting anew

    INDEPENDENCE –– It’s too bad that game jerseys worn by the Grayson County girls’ basketball team do not have players’ names sewn onto the backs. It may take a game or two to get to know these ladies.

    A gaggle of seniors, seven of them in fact, and most of them three-year regulars, are gone from the first and only regular season champion in Grayson County’s 19-year history. Suffice it to say there is a hole or two to be filled.

  • They're nuts about squirrels

    As Charles and Ruth Frangos walk through their home, Charles reaches over to turn on the light switch embraced by a squirrel cover and points out a squirrelly museum of figurines.

    In a collection worth thousands of dollars, taxidermy squirrels deck the walls, crystal figurines stack the shelves of a curio cabinet, squirrel pictures adorn the walls of the kitchen and more than 300 stuffed, ceramic, porcelain and plastic squirrels cram the two six-foot bookshelves in the living room.

  • Policing The Budget

    In economic times like these, it's understandable to be tight with your money. A fiscally responsible government should be tight, too.

    But, that should only apply when a locality is tightening its own purse strings.

    Recently, Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan approached the board of supervisors asking for money to be transferred from the Special Law Enforcement Fund to a few line items in his budget.

  • Alternative fuel business relaunches

    — MORE ABOUT ALTERNATIVE FUELS —

    BIODIESEL: A cleaner-burning alternative fuel that is created from used vegetable oil harvested from restaurants