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Today's News

  • County, schools reach budget compromise in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County leadership and school system administration put in long hours last weekend to reach an agreeable middle ground regarding the Grayson County School Board’s 2017 fiscal year budget and additional funds to complete the bleacher project at the high school.


    The budget was presented during the Grayson Board of Supervisors’ meeting on May 16, where it was approved with several conditions regarding the additional allocation of funds for the bleachers.

  • New sheriff's office holds grand opening

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department observed a special day on May 11 when a ribbon cutting and dedication was held at the Grubb Public Safety Facility on Davis Street in Independence.

  • 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

  • Late rally leads to 10-0 Grayson win

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County turned a nailbiter into a run-rule win with an eight-run explosion in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday, running past Fort Chiswell 10-0 in a Mountain Empire District game at the Grayson National Bank Baseball Complex.

    The Blue Devils locked up the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in this week’s Conference 39 tournament, plus an automatic berth into next week’s Region 2A West tournament, improving to 16-3 with the win.

  • Maroon Tide girls claim Conference 46 crown

    BLACKSBURG –– The Galax girls’ tennis team opened the season with plenty of questions. At least one of them was answered Thursday at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center at Virginia Tech.

    Yes, the Maroon Tide is good enough to win the conference.

  • Cavs run the table again

    HILLSVILLE –– As far as one single ballgame goes, it was a far cry from a flawless day. As one part of a body of work, though, Friday’s 5-3 win over Tazewell was the finishing touch on another work of perfection for Carroll County.

    The Cavaliers found themselves in a mid-game hole, climbed out of it bit by bit and capped a second straight 19-0 regular season with a 5-3 nondistrict win over the Bulldogs on a drizzly Friday afternoon.

  • Readers Hotline 5/23/16

    Community asset
    I just want to say I appreciate our Li’L Country Store in our little area. The employees all are very friendly people and they have the best little deli. I thank them so much for what they do.

    She should know