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Today's News

  • Investigator raising domestic violence awareness

    FRIES — When Sgt. Doug Carner, Internet Crimes Against Children investigator for the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, arrived at Fries Town Council last week, he explained that his purple shirt signified domestic violence awareness.

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but for Carner it’s a year-round focus of his job — an area of law enforcement that he feels should be improved.

  • Local couple survives Las Vegas shooting

    The band was just a few songs into their set when the shooting started.

    From a hotel room above them, a man opened fire into the crowd, turning a night of celebration into a massacre.

    Among those in the crowd were Travis Sizemore and his girlfriend, Melissa Wall.

    Sizemore is the manager of Grant’s grocery store in Galax, a fan of country music performer Eric Church and a survivor of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas.

  • He's three

    Matthew Baker celebrated his third birthday June 19, 2017, with family and friends. He is the son of Seth and Larissa Baker.

    His grandparents are Donny and Becky Haynes, Donnie and Kathy Baker and Kathy Halsey. His great-grandparents are James and Pattie Bolt, Betty Haynes, Bob and Alice Baker and Vivian Wilson. Special friends are David and Kim Stamper.

  • He's one

    Grayson Bo Ward turned one year old on June 7. He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence.

    He celebrated with a pool party. Grayson has three older brothers, Braeden, Levi and Luke. His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Public record for 10/4/17 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in May in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Readers Hotline 10/4/17

    Bugged
    Since it is now known that Trump Tower was bugged, just as the president claimed it was, the reason for the leaks at the White House is probably because the White House was bugged under the guise of new technology that Obama installed before he left. It is now being sent straight to the Democrats.

    Hitting knees

  • Cana Rescue Squad renovations underway

    Staff Reports

    CANA – Renovations are underway at the Cana Rescue Squad building on U.S. 52, after the Carroll Industrial Development Authority bought the building in September and leased it to the county.

    Once the building is open, Carroll County Fire and Rescue will use it as their headquarters to answer medical calls in the Cana community.

  • Six of seven Grayson schools accredited

    INDEPENDENCE — Six out of the seven Grayson County schools received full accreditation this year; but that could change pending the results of an appeal regarding the seventh school, which fell just a few students shy of full accreditation.

    Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore confirmed that the county would seek to appeal the state’s decision to only partially accredit Fries School, where science test score dipped. Only 22 students took the test.

  • Use caution with charitable giving after tragedy

    After a terrible and very public tragedy such as a mass shooting, people want to help in any way possible, and that often means contributing to fundraisers to help the survivors and the families of the victims.

    “Sadly, scammers often take advantage of these moments of vulnerability to deceive donors,” said the Better Business Bureau in a news release. “In addition, there are often campaigns set up by well-meaning individuals who may or may not be directly connected to the tragedy.”

  • Voting machines replaced to comply with state law

    New optical scan voting machines are in place to be used in all Galax elections, with a free public demonstration so voters can see the machines beforehand.

    The demonstrations will be held Oct. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Oct. 17 from 6-9 p.m. in the Galax City Council chambers. Voters will not need to bring ID or voter registrations cards as these events are purely to demonstrate how the new system works.