Today's News

  • Ag Day at the Carroll Fair


    Around 800 students from the Twin Counties participated in the Carroll County Agriculture Fair Ag Education Days Tuesday through Thursday.

    The students rotated between multiple stations learning about a range of topics at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market. The various presenters gave engaging and fact-filled information to the students about recycling, beekeeping, soil and water conservation, lawnmower safety and cotton manufacturing.

  • Candidate forums to be held in Grayson


    INDEPENDENCE – Candidates in the Nov. 3 general election in Grayson County will have the opportunity to participate in four political forums in September.

    The Grayson County Citizens for Better Schools will sponsor the forums, which will be held at 7 p.m. each night.

  • Wine & Brew Festival set for Saturday

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Wine and Brew Festival, scheduled for Aug. 29 at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence, will feature a lineup of local wines and craft beer this year.

    The festival begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, on the lawn of the Historic 1908 Courthouse, rain or shine. Admission is $15 per person and the price includes an etched wine glass.

  • Men charged for drugs, fugitive warrant in Whitetop


    WHITETOP – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department made two drug-related arrests in the Whitetop community recently.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said on Aug. 20, members of the sheriff’s office and the Twin County Drug Task Force arrested Donald Smith Turnmire, 39, of Whitetop.

    Vaughan said Turnmire was arrested for being a fugitive from justice with seven pending felony charges in Virginia and North Carolina.

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  • Therapist's huggable dolls help dementia patients

    Janet Tompkins, a local speech therapist and founder of SpeechPath Tools — an organization for developments in senior-to-caregiver communication — has recently introduced a new product line with a personality all its own.

    “My Comfort Companions,” a series of personalized dolls (and a stuffed beagle for the male geriatric population), are now available for patients and caregivers who are in search of the perfect gift for loved ones suffering from the devastating effects of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Grayson grand jury opens sealed charges


    INDEPENDENCE – A Lansing, N.C., man has been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on five charges.

    The indictments against Jamie Matthew Eldreth, 35, were among the sealed indictments handed down by the grand jury that met July 24 and recently unsealed.

    Eldreth was indicted for eluding police, disregarding stop; reckless driving; driving on a suspended license; failure to display proper tag; and defective equipment.

    Other indictments unsealed were:

  • Baker, Bond to marry

    Donald R. Bond and Sue Bond of Galax recently announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Magen, to Alex Baker, son of Kathy Cox of Independence and John Baker of Roanoke.

    A wedding is being planned for Sept. 26 in Mouth of Wilson.
    Family and friends are invited to attend.

  • Patton family celebrates birthdays

    Children of the late Arthur and Susie Patton celebrated their brother Frank’s 80th birthday at their former home place that is now the New River Lodge in Galax.

    Five of the siblings have reached age 80 — Wilma, Odell, Hazel, Junior and now Frank. There was food, singing, and music by the Loose Strings. About 60 friends and family members enjoyed the day. Pictured (from left) Millie Bullins, Hazel Montgomery, Nell Williams, Bobbie Patton, Odell Hall and Wilma Showalter. Seated in front are Frank Patton and William Arthur Patton Jr.

  • Twins turn 90

    Alma Ruth Phillips Vaught and Arnold J. Phillips celebrated their 90th birthday on June 21, 2015, at the Jerusalem United Methodist Church decoration and homecoming luncheon.