Today's News

  • Nelson, Hammack announce engagement

    Ricky and Becky Nelson of Independence announced the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Richelle, to Brian Matthew Hammack, son of Matthew and Sarah Hammack of Manassas.

    Nelson is a 2013 graduate of Grayson County High School and plans to graduate in May 2018 with a bachelor of science degree in graphic design from Virginia Tech.
    Hammack will receive a bachelor of science degree in physics in December, and plans to continue pursuing a master’s degree in physics at Virginia Tech.
    The couple will be married on June 17, 2017, in Roanoke.

  • Public record for 1/11/17 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 February in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Flu virus at widespread levels in Virginia

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    If it seems like everyone around you is wheezing and sneezing, it’s not your imagination.

    The flu is at the widespread level in Virginia.

    The commonwealth achieved that viral state at the tail end of December, according to statistics kept by the Virginia Department of Health.

    That’s earlier than last year when the high flu season didn’t arrive until February.

  • Weekend snow causes crashes in Twin Counties

    Snow caused questionable road conditions this past weekend in the Twin Counties and beyond. According to Sgt. T.S. Todd from the Galax area office of the Virginia State Police, troopers responded to 15 accidents and 25 disabled or stuck vehicles this weekend, most of them on Friday evening when what amounted to six inches of snow started falling.

  • Readers Hotline 1/9/17

    Heed the public
    I think Galax made a wise choice to remodel Galax Elementary School in the current location. I have to say that was very strange how school board and city council went against what appeared to be a majority of citizens of Galax and bought land for a new school. I would hope when there is major opposition against a major project in the future, they will listen to the people of Galax and not waste taxpayers’ money.

    Monkey, or not?


    Finding the funny in a year like 2016 was no easy task.

    We lost pop culture icons, endured putrid politics and, locally, suffered through some horrible events.

    The year-end awards editorial is usually a roast of those people and news stories that made us chuckle — Seriously, all those previous award editorials were supposed to be funny. No, really! — but it was a daunting effort this year.

  • Help sought for wreck victims

    MOUTH OF WILSON ― Two fundraising campaigns have been created to assist a local couple injured in a single-vehicle crash on Dec. 29, 2016.

    According to a report from the Virginia State Police, the accident occurred on Dec. 29, along Route 58 in the Rugby area. A 2002 Dodge pickup truck operated by Codey Grimes, 20, of Independence, was traveling through the area when he lost control of the vehicle, according to the police report.

  • Gun fired during dispute

    Staff Report

    A Galax man was charged Jan. 1 in a domestic dispute that reportedly led to a weapon being fired inside a Pipers Gap residence.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Sgt. Cody Edwards investigated a domestic dispute in the Pipers Gap section of Carroll County on Jan. 1.

  • Qigong focuses energy in gentle, but intense workout

    The lights are dim, the music low and tranquil with a meditative, Eastern flavor, and the instructor – yoga teacher and local potter Donna Ellis – is thoughtfully presenting lessons with her back turned to the qigong class, making it easier to mimic her motions as she slowly moves through a series of poses.

    “Now, this time,” says Ellis, addressing the class, “we want to position our arms like we’re holding a big, invisible ball of energy, and move it around in a circle.”

  • Carroll looks to N.C. for water source


    CANA – One of the projects on the drawing board this year for the Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) is to provide public water to the Meadowbrook community in Cana.

    One idea is to drill more wells while another, and possibly the cheapest route, is to buy water from neighboring Mount Airy, N.C.