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Today's News

  • He's four

    Briley McKinley Marshall celebrated his fourth birthday Dec. 10 with a Captain America party. He is the son of Chrissy Marshall and the late Joseph Marshall.

    His big sisters are Izzie and Cassie Marshall. His grandparents are Randy Bell and the late Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. His great-grandparents are M.C. Bell and the late Irene Bell, the Late Verna Liddle, O’Neal and O’Needa Terry, and the Late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • Couple to celebrate anniversary today

    David and Gail Hayes were married Dec. 22, 1967, at Howard’s Creek Baptist Church in Boone, N.C.

    Their simple evening service is perhaps best remembered for the six inches of fresh snow that awaited the full church afterwards.
    They enjoy the simple life on the farm of their dreams in beautiful Spring Valley in Grayson County. Friends John Mack and Ruby Rutherford Funk sold the Rutherford farm to them in 1993.
    Their children are Nancy of Fries and Nathan and Kristi of Kingsport, Tenn.

  • Public record for 12/27/17 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 August in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Galax arrests include assault, burglary, drugs

    Staff Report

    Recent arrests in Galax included burglary, assault, drug violations and carrying a concealed weapon.

    Galax police were dispatched to a residence on Dec. 3 after receiving a call that an armed individual had forced his way into a residence.

    According to a police report, Officer John Reavis responded and saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspect.

  • Hillsville receives $100,000 in grants

    HILLSVILLE — The Town of Hillsville has received two $50,000 grants from the Mount Rogers Planning District Commission, one for the Fancy Gap sewer project and the other for a generator at the wastewater plant.

    Town Manager Retta Jackson announced the grants at Hillsville Town Council’s Dec. 11 meeting.

    The sewer project grant resulted from Carroll County offering Hillsville the opportunity to treat some of the sewage it had been sending to Galax for treatment, said Mayor Greg Crowder.

  • Sears closing store in Woodlawn

    WOODLAWN — The Sears Hometown Store in Carroll County is closing on Jan. 15, after about 20 years of business, according to manager Bobby Davis.

    The store began in Galax, but in 2012 it moved to a new location at 30 Partridge Road, off U.S. 58 in Woodlawn.

    The approximately seven employees will be laid off. “It’s not the best time of year to be looking for a new job,” said Davis, who has been at the store for six years.

    The reason given by the Sears Corporation, he said, was “not enough support from the community.”

  • VDOT says you're merging into traffic the wrong way

    By JOANNE KIMBERLIN, Landmark News Service

    You hate me. I can feel it.

    Every time I roll by in the deserted lane next to you, heading to the front of the bottleneck, while you sit dutifully, lined up for the squeeze ahead.

    But here’s the thing. I’m only doing what traffic engineers want: the zipper merge – a tactic that could help ease interstate congestion, if only it didn’t make us feel so rude.

  • Readers Hotline 12/25/17

    In the air

  • A Gift of Honor

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    Beverly Billings is the epitome of those people about whom you say, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.”

    She’s a working nurse, wife and mother who’s studying to earn an additional degree.

  • Budget vote divided by school money disagreement

    Approval of a budget amendment once again brought up disagreements among Galax City Council members over the school system’s spending for a new football field and the purchase of a piece of land for a school project that was later abandoned.

    There were no speakers at a public hearing for a fiscal year 2018 budget amendment at council’s Dec. 11 meeting, but a transfer of funding to Galax City Public Schools prompted one council member to raise objections and resulted in a split vote on the amendment.