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Today's News

  • Grayson restroom policy opens doors to debate

    By D.T. CLARK and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff



    INDEPENDENCE ― A new policy regulating which facilities transgender Grayson County students can use was brought to the school board by a state senator who says he worries about his daughter’s safety.

    State Sen. Bill Carrico (R-40th District) of Grayson County brought his concerns to the Grayson County School Board last week, and the board held a special meeting with Carrico and a representative from a conservative activist group on Friday evening.

  • Hearing set in Grayson homicide

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis of Galax, charged with the first-degree murder of Karen Cates at her Grayson County home, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Grayson County General District Court on Aug. 1 at 9:30 a.m.

    Davis also is charged with the malicious wounding of David Patton and other offenses across two states.

    An arraignment hearing was held on May 2 for Davis, where Jonathon Venzie of Independence was appointed as his defense attorney, according to the court.

  • Readers Hotline 5/30/16

    School priorities

  • Carroll sheriff responds to questions

    Editor’s note: The Gazette asked Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner to reply to this Hotline caller’s comments, and he wrote the following lengthy explanation. Here is the original call:

  • Grayson LandCare opens new office

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson LandCare and the Independence Farmers’ Market had a lot to celebrate May 13, as the first market of the season kicked off in the Independence Town Square, followed by the grand opening and ribbon cutting at Grayson LandCare’s new office at 110 Courthouse Street.

    The Farmers’ Market was bustling with customers from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. that Friday, with several returning vendors offering fresh fruits, plants, baked goods and hand-made items.

  • Stesen, Hanks to be married

    Ashley Renee Stesen and Joshua Dane Hanks of Galax announced their engagement and upcoming marriage later this year.

    Stesen is the youngest daughter of Deanna Carico Burgess and Lawrence Burgess of Galax. She is the granddaughter of Donna Cooley Carico and Danny Lee Carico of Galax. She is the great-granddaughter of the late H.G. and Nona Fae Cooley and Berlie and Elsie Faye Carico.
    Hanks is the son of Wayne and Sheila Hanks of Hillsville.

  • He's two

    Jonas Lynn Stockner turned 2 on April 28. He celebrated with a Paw Patrol party at Galax Roller Land with family and friends.

    Jonas is the son of Zeth and Ashley Stockner.  His grandparents are Tommy and Cherie Stockner and Junior and Tammey Osborne. His big brother is Jaxson Stockner.

  • Public record for 5/25/16 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in September 2015 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Readers Hotline 5/25/16

    People matter
    I would like someone to put more recipes in The Gazette and old-timey remedies and folklore and things of days gone by. We are getting ahead of ourselves with these smart phones and computers and are moving away from what really matters in life, and that is each other and passing along stories and family traditions and recipes. We need to get back to our roots. Smart phones and computers aren’t everything. It’s the people in our lives that are.

    A new day

  • Galax firefighters handle two calls at once

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department spent a busy Sunday afternoon fighting two fires back-to-back.

    Engines were first dispatched to a two-story home’s flue fire on Fairview Road, which Capt. Mike Ayers said did not cause any monetary damage.

    “We used the tower [ladder truck] to get up and start dropping chimney bombs, which put it out,” said Ayers. “We try to use water only as a last resort in a flue fire. The flue was cleaned out after being totally stopped up.”