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Today's News

  • Four charged in three drug-related incidents

    Four people were arrested for various charges during a drug-related investigation by the Galax Police Department on Feb. 21.

    Two Galax residents were arrested and charged with possession of narcotics after the execution of a search warrant at Glendale Apartments.

    Misty Rena Urbina, 33, and William Bradley Earp, 23, both of Galax, were both charged with possession of marijuana, possession of morphine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Grayson schools could cut 20 positions

    INDEPENDENCE – No jobs are safe in the Grayson County School Division for next year as administrators look to cut up to 20 positions to balance next year’s budget.

    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant – along with Finance Director Norma Quesinberry and Director of Personnel Judy Greear – provided the school board a draft budget this week that included a reduction of 94 additional students and more than $3.4 million less revenue than budgeted.

  • Devils take conference title

    TAZEWELL –– With three four-year starters in its lineup, Grayson County has seen just about everything over the last four years. But these nor any other Blue Devils have ever seen 23 wins before.

    Grayson County fought off a sustained challenge by Richlands and added another ‘W’ to its school-record win total Saturday, riding Camryn McGrady’s 30-point effort to a 62-47 win in the Conference 39 title game at Tazewell Middle School.

  • Grayson Co. run ended

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County has been through its share of highs and lows this year. The highs far outnumbered the lows. But as few and far between as they have been, those lows have been deep ones.

    The Blue Devils’ season ended with one of those lows Monday night as the most successful group of seniors in school history saw their careers come to an end with a 55-46 loss to Gate City in the first round of the Region 2A West girls’ basketball tournament.

  • Children reported trapped in house fire

    Multiple fire departments battled a deadly structure fire on Glendale Road across from Wolfe Glade Grocery on Thursday morning.

    A report from the Galax Fire Department at 8:42 a.m. on March 5 stated that children were trapped inside the structure.

    “To my knowledge, there were four children in the residence and one adult, and the adult and one child were standing outside,” when the fire department arrived, said Galax Assistant Fire Chief Mark Burnett.

  • Galax shocks Radford

    LEBANON –– It’s a common occurrence in games this time of year when Radford is involved: A well-crafted game plan is executed with precision. Tempo is controlled – forced – with an iron will. Any kind of run, should one actually materialize, is shrugged off. Defense always rules. And the better basketball team walks off the court a winner.

    And Galax pulled it all off to perfection.

  • Readers Hotline 3/4/15

    A 24/7 job
    I know I might be in the minority when I say this, but I am glad I didn’t own the factories that I worked in or the businesses or had the headaches that they have doing the bookwork and the ordering. All I did was show up, put in a hard day’s work and got a paycheck. I didn’t have to stay. If you own a business it is a 24/7 job. Just because you go home doesn’t mean you don’t have to worry about your business when you are not there.

  • Turns 80

    L.D. Galyean celebrated his 80th birthday Feb. 18 with family at his home in Galax.

    He still works every day and stays young at heart.

  • Public record for 3/4/15 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 July of 2014 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Goad to announce candidacy

    HILLSVILLE — Gerald Goad will announce his candidacy for Clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Historic Carroll County Courthouse on Main Street in Hillsville.

    Goad is an online academic advisor at Wytheville Community College. He studied business and industry training at Old Dominion University, and also attended Wytheville Community College and Virginia Tech.

    If elected, Goad would fill the seat vacated by Carolyn Honeycutt, who announced her retirement earlier this year.