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Today's News

  • Ward is five

    Braeden Hunter Ward turned 5 years old on June 26. He celebrated with a Spiderman bouncy house party.

    He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence. His younger brothers are Levi and Luke. Braeden’s grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley, and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Agnes Cox, Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward, and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Sawyers, McGrady to marry

    Mr. and Mr. Larry Sawyers of Fries announced the engagement of their daughter, Keri Elizabeth, to Cody Blaine McGrady, son of Mr. and Mrs Donnie McGrady of Rugby.

    Sawyers is a 2008 graduate of Grayson County High School and a 2012 graduate of Radford University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is employed by Lewis Gale Pulaski Hospital in Pulaski.

  • She's three

    Morgan Machel Anderson celebrated her third birthday Aug. 17 with a cowgirl party on the river with family and friends. She is the daughter of Stephen and Samantha Anderson.

    Her grandparents are Neil and Debbie Anderson and Dave and Becky Williams. Her great-grandparents are Harold and Nancy Williams, Louise Roberts and the late Wayne Roberts.

  • Public record for 9/3/14 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 in April in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Closing arguments presented in McDonnell corruption case

    RICHMOND — A federal jury was to begin deliberating Tuesday on the fate of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, who could face decades in prison if convicted on public corruption charges.

    For almost eight hours last Friday, the jury of seven men and five women heard passionate closing arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys in a trial that has captivated the state capital for five weeks.

    It is a historic spectacle: Never before has a Virginia governor gone on trial for conduct in office.

  • Feed truck crashes after being run off road

    Virginia State Police troopers assisted at a wreck on Kenmore Road in Carroll County on Aug. 27, when a vehicle was run off the road and overturned.

    Trooper Shane Kinney responded to a call to Kenmore, just off of Joy Ranch Road, to reports of a Southern States feed truck turned over in a ditch.

    The driver of the truck was Gary Dean Burks of Bedford. According to the police report, Burks was traveling on Kenmore when he was run off the road by an unidentified vehicle.

  • Vendors bring family traditions, fresh items to farmers' market

    Fans of Italian sweets, organic veggies, real farm eggs, local honey and fresh meat have more reasons to rejoice: new vendors for these items are coming to the Galax Farmer’s Market.

    Michelle Dunford (née Dagostino) of Baywood is bringing plain and chocolate chip biscotti and anisette cookies, all made in traditional Italian style, on Fridays and Saturdays, as Little Luke’s Pastries.

    “Luke was my grandfather’s first name,” she explained, saying that her dad was known as “Little Luke.”

  • Galax school earn full accreditation

    Galax City Schools are fully accredited this year (2013-2014), according to the Virginia State Department of Education.

    In order to achieve accreditation, each school must achieve a passing rate of at least 75 percent in English Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and 70 percent in math, science, history and social science SOLs.

    High schools, additionally, must hit an 85 percent mark on the Graduation and Completion Index, meaning that 85 percent of the students must graduate, get a GED or achieve a certification of completion.

  • TCRH board gives $5M to foundation

    The Twin County Community Foundation received a $5 million endowment in August, the first transfer of funds from the proceeds of the joint venture transaction between Twin County Regional Hospital and Duke LifePoint Healthcare that took place on April 1, 2012.

  • Man pleads pleads guilty to sexual battery of teen

    HILLSVILLE — A former Carroll County emergency services worker pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery involving a child age 15 or older, according to information from Carroll County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

    Jason Lee Burnette, 31, was charged in November 2013 with one count of carnal knowledge and three counts of sexual intercourse with a minor, after the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint from the family of a child age 13 to 15 years old.