Today's News

  • Pots of Gold: Independence's annual outhouse race

    The rain didn’t stop the community from celebrating Oct. 10 during the annual Mountain Foliage Festival in Independence.

    Members of the community gathered on Main Street for a day full of town traditions, shopping, games and other forms of recreation.

    The Grand Privy Race consisted of four teams this year. First-place winners in the annual outhouse race were the Grayson Wrestling Team, followed by the Independence Volunteer Fire Department in second place, Core Fitness in third place, and United Way in fourth place.

  • Griggs, Silcox announce engagement

    Lauren Griggs and Benjamin Silcox, along with their families, announce their engagement.
    Lauren is the daughter of Laurie and Roger Porter of Galax and Charles and Michelle Griggs of New Mexico.

    Her grandparents are Bill and Bobbie Copeland of Hillsville, and Ruthie Griggs, also of Hillsville.
    Benjamin is the son of Mary and Chad Paderick of Troutville and the late Benjamin Webb Silcox of Troutville.

  • Public record for 10/14/15 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 December of 2014 in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Jury finds McMillian not guilty of arson

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A man indicted on one count of arson has been found not guilty in Carroll County Circuit Court.

    Glen Donald McMillian was indicted on Sept. 25, 2014, by the Carroll County grand jury on a charge of arson in the Lambsburg area. The incident, which happened on June 22, 2012, involved the burning of a residence off Pipers Gap Road.

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  • Shinault in running for Providence board seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Randy Shinault has announced his campaign to fill the Providence District seat on the Grayson County School Board in this year’s general election.

    Shinault, an independent candidate, is running against incumbent Wynn Combs, who is also an independent.

    A graduate of Fries High School, Shinault received degrees from Wytheville Community College and Clinch Valley College of the University of Virginia (now called UVA-Wise).

  • Woman charged with aggravated assault

    Staff Reports

    A Galax woman has been charged with aggravated assault and is being held without bond in the New River Valley Jail.

    According to the Galax Police Department, officers were summoned to a reported assault on Oct. 6 that is alleged to have occurred on Eastview Street. Officers discovered Teresa Lynn Edwards, 43, of Galax, suffering from head and facial injuries.

  • Illegal card readers found at gas station

    Staff Report

    Police say that two Florida men based out of North Carolina are allegedly responsible for placing card readers – devices that record transaction information and allow forgers to use credit card numbers fraudulently – on gas pumps in Galax.

    The suspects are in police custody, according to Nick Hawks of the Alleghany County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office.

  • Grayson candidates quizzed at Chamber forum

    INDEPENDENCE — Fourteen candidates in this year’s Grayson County general election introduced themselves and their campaigns to the community during a candidate forum at Grayson County High School on Oct. 6.

    Hosted by the Twin County Chamber of Commerce, the forum organized a series of questions for each candidate, presented by a panel made up of Chamber President Marty Hall, Executive Director Judy Brannock, Executive Attorney Raquel Lyons and Vice President Zach Dotson. Questions pertained to the offices sought by each candidate.