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  • Grayson schools accredited, four with warning

    INDEPENDENCE – All seven of Grayson County’s schools were accredited for the 2013-14 school year – though four received warning in at least one subject.

    Grayson’s Director of Instruction and Assessment Stephen Cornett provided the school board with an update on the accreditation status during the board’s regular meeting last week.

    “All schools are accredited,” Cornett told the board. “Although some are with warning.”

  • Choir finds harmony among diverse denominations

    When it comes to harmony, the members of The Preacher’s Choir have it down pat. Not only do their voices harmonize during their many performances, but they see harmony as a way of life.

    The Preacher’s Choir is a group of Galax ministers from all denominations. It was organized about four years ago through Jerry Watson, a church layman with a dream.

    “Mr. Watson dreamed of seeing a group of ministers from various church backgrounds coming together to sing gospel songs in the area,” said Pastor D.G. Fox, the designated leader of the group.

  • Readers Hotline 9/17/14

    Scary times
    What’s wrong with America first is that the government has tried to take God out of everything. You already know that. If you are a Christian and try to be a hard worker, you know that the government we have today is trying to take God out of it. It is so liberal that it is scary what will happen next. The courts have sided with Obama to pass all these sinful things that are going on. They are backing it up in every state. African Americans need to quit this racism card.

    Shady characters

  • She's one

    Jenna Mae Hall celebrated her first birthday Sept. 7 with a Minnie Mouse party. Her parents are Cory Hall and Magan Lawrence.

    Grandparents are Mike and Debbie Lister, Mike and Robin Lawrence, Barbara Hall and Tommy and Tammy Caudill. Great-grandparents are David and Sylvia Fields, Jerry and Caroleen Lister, Bill and Pat Lawrence, Buddy and Wanda Brannock, Carl W. Stone Jr. and the late Linda Crouse. Her great-great-grandmother is Juanita Wittig.

  • Campbells renew vows for 10th anniversary

    Bonnie Bradshaw Campbell and Stephen Lee Campbell of Independence celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary by renewing marriage vows Aug. 6 at Fellowship Baptist Church in Elk Creek.

    The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Tim Crockett. Pianist was Jeanette Morrison. Kenny Group read from scripture.
    “How Great Thou Art” was performed by Penny Ward.
    Jessie Sutherland, Mary Kelly and Joe Isaacs served as ushers.
    After reciting the traditional vows, the couple presented each other with their own.

  • Public record for 9/17/14 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 April 21-30 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers Hotline 9/15/14

    In agreement
    Hats off to John Kapp for the Sept. 8 guest editorial about the [proposed new school in Galax]. He hit the nails right on the head and I’m sure there are hundreds of people that agree with him. They should never have closed the Woodlawn School, much less talk about closing the Galax [elementary] school. My hat is off to you, John. Tell it like it is, because it is true.

    Put on armor

  • Memorials look back at 9/11

    HILLSVILLE — Thirteen years later, the nation is still haunted by the memories of Sept. 11, 2001.

    Most people who are asked can give an exact recollection of where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the attacks, and few have forgotten the terror, anger, sadness and loss that they felt when the images were forever seared into their memory.

  • Grayson County takes five-set win from Scarlet Hurricane

    MARION –– Grayson County claimed the final two sets, including a 15-11 fifth, to squeak past Marion in a Conference 39 volleyball matchup Thursday night.

    The Blue Devils remained undefeated after four matches with the 18-25, 25-9, 18-25, 25-21, 15-11 win over the Scarlet Hurricane (3-2), whose only losses have come at the hands of Grayson County.

  • Indians slog past Grayson Co.

    INDEPENDENCE – Skyler Miles booted a 23-yard field goal in the third period last Friday night to give Rural Retreat a 9-7 nondistrict victory over Grayson County in a game at Bill Strong Field that was played at times in a heavy downpour of rain.

    The Indians had driven to the Blue Devil 6-yard line where the Grayson defensive unit shutdown the drive, forcing the field goal.

    On a muddy field, Miles split the uprights with 7:39 to play in the third period.