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Today's News

  • Indians see-saw past Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– Among the lesser-known features of the recently-refurbished Grayson County Middle School gym is that it boasts hot and cold running volleyball.

    Grayson County gave Rural Retreat all it could handle in Tuesday’s Mountain Empire District match but could only do so in spurts as the Indians escaped the Blue Devils by the wildly-deviating tally of 27-25, 25-8, 26-28, 25-14.

  • Galax powers past Pioneers

    Galax remained undefeated in the Mountain Empire District and took over second place in district play with a 40-13 victory over Fort Chiswell’s high-flying offense last Friday night.

    The Maroon Tide is undefeated in district play with a 2-0 record, 4-2 overall, while Grayson County beat Auburn last Friday night to move into first place with an undefeated 3-0 district record. Fort Chiswell dropped to 3-1 in the district and 4-2 overall.

  • Devils homeward bound

    RINER –– Grayson County’s main ballcarriers are all listed as 5-foot-8, they average about 150 pounds, and their coach believes that their effectiveness is aided by the fact that, behind a decent-sized offensive line, those backs can be concealed at times from the defense.

    The Blue Devil rushers may be getting lost back there, but more and more lately they’ve been turning up in the end zone.

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  • Oct. 16 is deadline to register to vote in November election

    Staff Report

    Oct. 16 is the deadline to register to vote in Virginia’s Nov. 7 general election.

    The simplest way to apply to register to vote or to update address information is to visit the Virginia Department of Elections website at elections.virginia.gov.

    To complete this online application process, eligible citizens must provide their Virginia DMV customer identifier number, displayed on DMV-issued identification cards or drivers’ licenses.

  • Chapters Bookshop wins national award

    Chapters Bookshop, located in downtown Galax, is a winner of the national 2017 Children’s Book Week Contest.

    In celebration of the 98th anniversary of Children’s Book Week, 705 libraries, schools and bookstores were invited in May to enter a national display contest around the theme of “One World, Many Stories.”

  • Suspect caught in river after pursuit

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man was recently arrested on various charges, following a vehicle pursuit that ended on foot after the driver reportedly drove through a metal gate into a river lot, according to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Jason Scott Cornett, 34, of 4721 Pleasant Grove Road in Independence, has been charged with felony DUI (third offense in less than 10 years), felony attempt to elude law enforcement, reckless driving and a hit-and-run.

  • 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.