Today's News

  • Public record for 12/23/15 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in April in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Readers' Hotline 12/28/15

    Curfew for deer
    This is in response to the “deer after dark” comment in the Hotline a couple of weeks ago. I suggest that the city council pass an ordinance and put up signs all over town reading, “no deer permitted after sunset.” That way if Bambi reads it and still… [cut off].

    Act of kindness

  • Grayson officials take pies to the face with grace

    Grayson County leaders took a pie in the face for the United Way cause during the agency’s annual campaign celebration.

    Dishes of whipped cream soared and splattered into the faces of Grayson County leaders during the county’s United Way Campaign Celebration in early December.

  • Former clinic director to serve 30 days for embezzling

    HILLSVILLE — In a sentence handed down in the Carroll County Circuit Court last week, the punishment very specifically fits the crime.

    Former Free Clinic of the Twin Counties director Latonia Marshall was given 30 days incarceration for four counts of felony embezzlement from the not-for-profit clinic, which had to close for that same length of time while its board of directors scrambled to recoup the loss and reopen it.

  • Carroll IDA sells natural gas lines

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) announced Dec. 23 that it has sold the county’s natural gas line to Appalachian Natural Gas (ANG).

    The deal announced at a called meeting last Wednesday will also expand natural gas to the City of Galax and Grayson County.

  • Grayson looks at funding non-county agencies

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors is considering some changes in the way it responds to funding requests for non-government agencies.

    The issue came up at the final meeting of the board in 2015, which was short and to the point, with a few goodbyes and continuations of action items for the incoming board members in January.

  • Couple's generosity is true Christmas spirit

    A local couple put in countless hours of hard work to make Christmas more special for a less fortunate family this year.

    For two months, John and Dorothy Frost, both in their 80s and without any children of their own, collected and shelled walnuts to sell in the area. After completing the daunting task, the couple was able to raise about $600 and decided they wanted to provide Christmas presents for some local children.

  • Mink Motors consolidates operations into single location

    Staff Reports

    Mink Motor Co. of Galax will carry on at a single location at 620 S. Main St. after the first of the new year, although the main Mink’s building that served as the East Galax voting location on Glendale Road will be closing as the result of an expected sale.

    Some confusion about plans for the building stemmed from discussion at a city council meeting Monday, at which Voter Registrar Stacy Reavis stated that Mink had plans to close.

  • Independence receives water grant

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence will receive $30,000 to address needed water system improvements, including the replacement of a water line along the Virginia 21 corridor, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development recently.

    The town’s grant was one of six water/waste planning grants awarded to areas of the state.

  • Readers' Hotline 12/23/15

    To everyone putting Obama to blame for everything happening in this country, he will go down as the most powerful man that ever lived because he has made Russia mad. He has killed Al Qaeda leaders. But, he hasn’t done away with the mafia. He hasn’t done away with white supremacy. He hasn’t done away with the Ku Klux Klan.

    Don’t say it
    Regarding the dress code opinion in The Gazette of Dec. 14, I think The Gazette should not allow personal attacks on students.