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Today's News

  • Explosion at residence under investigation

    UPDATED 1/17/17:

    From Virginia State Police:

  • Fire damages Galax apartment

    Staff Report

    Two families were displaced by an apartment fire on Jan. 11 in Galax.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched last Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. to a reported structure fire at 405 Givens Street, according to Capt. Mike Ayers.

    Firefighters arrived to find a two-story apartment building with fire blowing out of the windows on the front and right of the structure. The building housed two apartments upstairs and one (under renovation and unoccupied) downstairs.

  • Arrests include drugs, break-ins, assault

    Staff Reports

    A Sparta, N.C., man arrested in Galax last month is also the suspect in a crash involving a stolen car.

    Taylor Nathaniel Tower, 30, of Sparta, N.C., was arrested on Dec. 29 by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for felony breaking and entering with intent to commit assault and battery, and larceny and felony grand larceny (stealing property not from a person valued at more than $200).

  • Citizen's Guide to the 2017 General Assembly

    Landmark News Service

    Professional lobbyists aren’t the only ones who can have a voice at the General Assembly in Richmond. Thanks to the internet, you can see what legislators are up to and share your opinions.

    Here’s a guide to the basics for this year’s session, which begins Jan. 11 and runs through February

    Do Your Homework

    Become familiar with the legislation beyond what you read or hear.

  • 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.