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Today's News

  • He's two

    Jonas Lynn Stockner turned 2 on April 28. He celebrated with a Paw Patrol party at Galax Roller Land with family and friends.

    Jonas is the son of Zeth and Ashley Stockner.  His grandparents are Tommy and Cherie Stockner and Junior and Tammey Osborne. His big brother is Jaxson Stockner.

  • Public record for 5/25/16 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 September 2015 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Readers Hotline 5/25/16

    People matter
    I would like someone to put more recipes in The Gazette and old-timey remedies and folklore and things of days gone by. We are getting ahead of ourselves with these smart phones and computers and are moving away from what really matters in life, and that is each other and passing along stories and family traditions and recipes. We need to get back to our roots. Smart phones and computers aren’t everything. It’s the people in our lives that are.

    A new day

  • Hearing set in Grayson homicide

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis of Galax, charged with the first-degree murder of Karen Cates at her Grayson County home, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Grayson County General District Court on Aug. 1 at 9:30 a.m.

    Davis also is charged with the malicious wounding of David Patton and other offenses across two states.

    An arraignment hearing was held on May 2 for Davis, where Jonathon Venzie of Independence was appointed as his defense attorney, according to the court.

  • Capital murder cases rare in Twin Counties

    A suspect in the homicide of a 21-month-old Galax girl is the first person charged with capital murder in Carroll County in more than 20 years.

    Richard Nofsinger was arrested last week and charged with the capital murder of Anastasia Alley and first-degree murder of her mother, 28-year-old Alyssa Kenny.

    Capital murder is not a charge often seen by courts in the Twin Counties.

  • Grayson restroom policy opens doors to debate

    By D.T. CLARK and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff



    INDEPENDENCE ― A new policy regulating which facilities transgender Grayson County students can use was brought to the school board by a state senator who says he worries about his daughter’s safety.

    State Sen. Bill Carrico (R-40th District) of Grayson County brought his concerns to the Grayson County School Board last week, and the board held a special meeting with Carrico and a representative from a conservative activist group on Friday evening.

  • Galax firefighters handle two calls at once

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department spent a busy Sunday afternoon fighting two fires back-to-back.

    Engines were first dispatched to a two-story home’s flue fire on Fairview Road, which Capt. Mike Ayers said did not cause any monetary damage.

    “We used the tower [ladder truck] to get up and start dropping chimney bombs, which put it out,” said Ayers. “We try to use water only as a last resort in a flue fire. The flue was cleaned out after being totally stopped up.”

  • Carroll, Galax schools in no rush to pass restroom policies

    By SHANNON WATKINS and SARA BLANKENSHIP, Staff

    In contrast to the Grayson County school administration, Carroll and Galax school systems are adopting a cautious approach.

    Galax Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill said any action taken will be within a framework of tolerance and acceptance.

    He pointed out that the letter of guidance from the U.S. Department of Education was partly created to help school systems figure out how to handle the issue of transgender students in a sensitive manner.

  • Late rally leads to 10-0 Grayson win

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County turned a nailbiter into a run-rule win with an eight-run explosion in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday, running past Fort Chiswell 10-0 in a Mountain Empire District game at the Grayson National Bank Baseball Complex.

    The Blue Devils locked up the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in this week’s Conference 39 tournament, plus an automatic berth into next week’s Region 2A West tournament, improving to 16-3 with the win.

  • Maroon Tide girls claim Conference 46 crown

    BLACKSBURG –– The Galax girls’ tennis team opened the season with plenty of questions. At least one of them was answered Thursday at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center at Virginia Tech.

    Yes, the Maroon Tide is good enough to win the conference.