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Today's News

  • Devils too much for Tazewell

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County had a challenging time putting the ball in the hole from underneath Tuesday night. The Blue Devils had little trouble putting Tazewell in a hole in the second quarter, and keeping the Bulldogs there the rest of the night.

    Grayson zipped away from a 9-9 tie by opening the second period on a 13-3 run and never again allowed the Bulldogs within single digits, claiming a 57-38 win in a game between Conference 39 schools.

  • Grayson gets first win

    INDEPENDENCE –– The Grayson County boys’ basketball team wanted to win in each of its first 11 games. As Tuesday’s meeting with Tazewell played out, the Blue Devils not only wanted to win, they wanted to win.

    Playing with a fire that only a chippy, physical, almost playground-rough game can sometimes provide, Grayson County snapped its season-opening 11-game slide with a 53-48 win over the 1-9 Bulldogs.

  • Car turns over in New Year's Eve crash

    Staff Reports

    FRIES — A Fries man received a driving under the influence charge on New Year’s Eve, following a single vehicle wreck that left his car on its side on Liberty Hill Road.

    According to a report from State Trooper S.E. Kinney, Ronnie T. Taylor, 45, of Fries, was operating a 2006 Ford Explorer on Dec. 31 when his vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck a bank and overturned.

  • Bills target same-sex marriage

    Staff Reports

    RICHMOND — A local legislator has filed two bills in the General Assembly that would allow court clerks and wedding officiants to refuse service to couples if the union goes against their religious beliefs.

    This would apply to both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.

  • Working on a building

    The Glenwood Galax Church building, located on Coal Creek Road, dates back to around 1885. This is good for a sense of continuity and history, but bad for structural integrity: for years now, a downstairs wall has been in need of repair.

    The building is still the original, said Glenwood member Mason Nester Sr. “I’ve heard there were several churches in there, including Quakers. I’m not sure if it was originally built as a Methodist church.”

  • Galax-Grayson EMS earns top state honor

    Staff Reports

    Galax-Grayson EMS (GGEMS) was one of only six agencies in the state, and the only one in Southwest Virginia, to receive recognition as an Agency of Excellence this year by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services.

    The agency received this award at the Virginia EMS Symposium in Norfolk on Nov. 14.

    “I’m very proud,” said GGEMS Chief Ron Passmore. “It was a team effort. I’m very proud that we all pulled it together.”

  • Public record for 1/6/16 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.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in April in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Legislators push for more healthcare competition

    Landmark News Service
    RICHMOND — Republicans in the House of Delegates say they will push a legislative package this year designed to enhance competition in Virginia health care.
    Republicans said a series of bills, if passed, would phase out most state laws requiring what’s called a “certificate of public need” (COPN) for hospitals, surgery centers and medical-imaging services.

  • Virginia sex offender registery now online

    The Virginia State Police has completed and made available an online supplement to the registry for Virginia sex offenders.

    The supplement includes information on persons who were convicted of certain sexual offenses on or after July 1, 1980, and before July 1, 1994, who are not currently on the registry.

    The supplement is available to the public through the Virginia State Police website, at sex-offender.vsp.virginia.gov/sor.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/4/16

    Christmas kindness
    I just wanted to say that during Christmas I did meet a Christmas angel. I was in line at Walmart and my order came in over the money I had with me. A lady in the back of the line finished paying for my groceries. She did not know how much that meant to me. I said “thank you” but I did not know her name. I just want her to know I am thankful for her being my Christmas angel.

    Cost of kerosene