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Today's News

  • Fire destroys Providence barn

    FRIES ― Fries and Galax firefighters responded to the scene of a barn fire on Providence Road in Fries last Tuesday.

    The call was to 243 Providence Road at 12:22 p.m. on Jan. 10, where firefighters battled a blaze that fully engulfed a barn owned by Timothy Luper.

    According to Fries Fire Chief Chad Stanley, Luper said he’d been operating a forklift and parked it in the barn near some hay. When he returned a short time later, the forklift and hay were on fire.

  • Explosion at residence under investigation

    UPDATED 1/17/17:

    From Virginia State Police:

  • Readers Hotline 1/18/17

    Grip the wheel

  • Public record for 1/18/17 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 March in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Blue Devil boys stifle Galax

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County used a 20-3 run – including a second-quarter shutout – to blow past Galax 53-22 in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game Saturday night.

  • Maroon Tide holds off Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– Galax quickly built a nine-point lead and fended off numerous Grayson County comeback attempts to take a 44-34 Mountain Empire District girls’ win Saturday evening.

    The Maroon Tide (5-5) never trailed after scoring the game’s first four points and led 12-3 on Halle Bryant’s putback at the two-minute mark of the first quarter. The Blue Devils (2-8), fresh off a win over then- once-beaten Narrows, made one run after another at Galax but were unable to draw even.

  • Readers Hotline 1/16/17

    No attempt
    Isn’t it a sad state of affairs when a truck [from a local jurisdiction] comes to your neighborhood and stops at the end of the driveway and makes no attempt to scrape the snow and ice off of your street so you could get out? Yet, our postman made three attempts to come up the hill. Finally parked his truck and walked to our mailboxes to deliver our mail. He got the job done. Lastly, a young man with a pickup and no chains came to our neighborhood and scraped our street where the truck made no attempt to do so.

  • Grayson discusses property values, change to flood plain ordinance

    INDEPENDENCE — At its December meeting, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors heard an update from Danny Boyer of the Board of Equalization about property value reassessments.

    Boyer reported that the equalization board held five sessions, where it heard concerns and complaints and answered questions from taxpayers regarding their properties. Each taxpayer was given 10 minutes to present their case, and more time if they had multiple parcels of land to discuss.

  • Cavaliers rock C’burg; Fort rallies past Tide

    CHRISTIANSBURG ––Carroll County dominated the first quarter and cruised to its ninth win of the season, rolling over Christiansburg 64-45 in a River Ridge District girls’ basketball game Wednesday.

    The Cavaliers (9-1 overall, 3-0 district) took command with a 22-5 lead after eight minutes and carried a 37-18 lead into the second half.

  • Grayson County splits tri-match

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County split its two matches, Galax dropped two and Lebanon went 2-0 on the evening at a tri-match Wednesday at GCHS.

    With the heavyweights opening the action, Grayson County built a 36-13 lead through the 152-pound weight class before the Pioneers reeled off five straight wins to pull out the 44-36 team victory.

    Grayson County led 12-9 when the Blue Devils’ Garrett Harrington (126 pounds), Brant Cummins (132) and Dawson Allen (138) all recorded pins to widen the gap to 30-9.