Today's News

  • She's one

    Kenzi Hennis celebrated her first birthday on Sept. 5 with a party at her home with family and friends. Her parents are Chris and Lorie Hennis of Galax.

    Her older siblings are Andrew and Faith. Her grandparents are Julian and Patti Price of Luray; Gary and Jan Guynn, Harvey Hennis, and Judy Hennis, all of Galax. Elizabeth Johnson is her great-grandmother from Galax.

  • He's four

    Levi Kristopher Ward turned four years old on Oct. 4. He celebrated with a construction site pool party at Wytheville Community Center.

    He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward and has two brothers, Braeden 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 11/25/15 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

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

  • Readers Hotline 11/25/15

    Who pays for what?

  • Display will light up Felts Park

    The High Country Light Show will bring Christmas cheer to Felts Park in Galax beginning Thanksgiving night.

    The lights will be on display through Jan. 2, from 6-11 p.m. nightly.

    The synchronized musical light show, featuring nearly 100,000 LED lights, is privately owned by William Bottomley.

    Thousands of visitors, including many from Galax and the Twin Counties, made the drive to Glade Valley, N.C., each year to view the lights at Christmas. Bottomley hosted the lights there for the past decade.

  • Youth issues challenge to fight diabetes

    Locals may have seen, among the many options for exercising charity this year, a note posted on a five-gallon jar in Creek Bottom Brews titled “Will’s Challenge.”

    It begins, “Hello, my name is William Ayers. I am 12 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in July 2014 … at that time I didn’t know what that meant.”

  • Readers Hotline 11/23/15

    Left behind?
    I’m calling in reference to road signs that VDOT has left on the side of the road on Timberline Drive. They did some work on it about two months ago and about four of the five signs are still standing. I just wondered why they haven’t picked them up. Just a matter of why they are standing there.

    Deer after dark

  • Educational experiment working in Galax

    “It takes a village to raise a child,” a phrase that first popped up in the ‘90s and is attributed to African folk wisdom, means that a child’s development is shaped not merely within the four walls of home, but from the entire social ecosystem of a tribe, a nation, a people.

    A strong, nurturing one will, in time, make a strong, grounded citizen of the child.

  • Cana wreck sends two to hospital

    Staff Report

    CANA – A head-on collision in Cana sent two to the hospital last Thursday.

    According to a police report, the accident occurred at approximately 12:43 p.m. on Virginia 686 (Epworth Road), .02 mile north of Virginia 687 (Fish Lake Road) in the Cana area of Carroll County.

  • Search continues for missing Whitetop man


    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to search for a missing Whitetop man.

    John William Wingler Sr., 74, was last seen at his home around 5 p.m. on Nov. 11.

    He was reported missing to the sheriff’s department on Nov. 12.

    Investigators and deputies have checked several leads in the case but, so far, have not found any trace of Wingler.