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Today's News

  • Town: communication breakdown with internet provider

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Communities that offer fast Internet speeds gain advantage over those that do not. Businesses are considered more likely to move to and remain in such places, because it makes it easier to send and receive today’s larger computer files.

  • Fries Rec Center undergoing changes

    FRIES — Members of a new Fries Recreation Center Board were slated to begin their terms in January, but before that could happen, the former members disbanded the board and dissolved the 501c3 non-profit organization that ran the center.

    The facility is a center in more than name — housing town offices, recreational activities, sports programs, meeting areas, a swimming pool and a library, it’s the hub of daily life for many in Fries.

  • Readers Hotline 2/4/15

    Wasted effort
    Thank you, Grayson supervisors, for wasting my money on [bounties for] coyotes. I will do everything in my power the next election to make sure you are not reelected for voting to kill the coyotes.
    Editor’s note: So you’ll be informed come election time: the increase in the coyote bounty fund, like the bounty itself, was decided by a 3-2 vote. Supervisors Glen Rosenbaum, David Sexton and John Brewer voted for it, and Supervisors Kenneth Belton and Brenda Sutherland voted against it.

  • Fire on Kenbrook leaves no one harmed

     

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    A fire on Kenwood Drive in Galax Tuesday night left some personal property damage but nobody injured, according to Galax Assistant Fire Chief Mark Burnett.

     

    According to Burnett, the firefighters were sent out at 7:43 p.m. When they arrived, they found approximately 10 people in the yard, only one of whom spoke English.

  • Osbornes to be honored for 50th anniversary

    Celebration to be held Saturday at Elk Creek Rescue Squad Building.

    John and Susan Osborne will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 31 at Elk Creek Rescue Squad Building, 2-5 p.m.
    John Delp and Susan Osborne were married Jan. 29, 1965 at Bridle Creek United Methodist Church.
    In that year, Lyndon B. Johnson was president, a gallon of gas cost 31 cents, “Wooly Bully” was in the top 10 on the music charts, the number one TV show was “Bonanza,” and “The Sound of Music” premiered.

  • Robinson, Turner engagement announced

    Mr. and Mrs. Todd Davis along with Mr. and Mrs. David Herrmann announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Turner, to Dustin Robinson of Gina Robinson.

    A June wedding is planned.

  • She's six

    Isabella “Izzie” Jo Marshall turned age 6 on Jan. 6. Her birthday was celebrated with a Frozen bowling party with friends and family.

    She is the daughter of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall. She is the big sister to Cassie and Briley Marshall. Her grandparents are Randy and Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. Her great-grandparents are M.C. and Irene Bell, the late Verna Liddle, O’Neal and O’Needa Terry, and the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • Tate, Cooke marry at facility where they worked, met

    Joey Tate and Becky Cooke were united in marriage Dec. 1, 2014.

    The couple met two years ago while working at Golden Living Center – Blue Ridge in Galax.
    They decided to have their wedding among friends and residents at the living center.
    The Rev. Bob Adams, a volunteer, performed the ceremony in the dining room.
    Music was provided by activity director Martha Norman.
    A reception followed.
    Attendees enjoyed the afternoon of celebration with Mr. and Mrs. Tate.
    Tate works as housekeeping supervisor.

  • Public record for 2/4/15 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in July in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • School reform plan targets tests, funding

    Virginia school superintendents recently announced a comprehensive plan for education reform, and it gets a passing grade from local school chiefs.

    The plan sets new expectations for public schools, as well as what is expected of the governor, the General Assembly and the State Board of Education; parents, students and educators; businesses and local governments; and the public.