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Today's News

  • Playoff notes: Psst, wanna know a secret?

    Don’t tell anybody this (you know, haters gonna hate and all), but just between you and me, I never expected Galax to be here. Not back in August I didn’t, anyway. Next year? Yeah, I could buy that.

  • Carroll opens with a bang

    HILLSVILLE –– Preceding Wednesday’s Carroll County-Floyd County girls’ basketball game, a public service announcement explained to fans the VHSL’s new 30-point rule. Based on the one that has been in place for years in football, a continuously-running clock will be implemented in the fourth quarter when a team is ahead by a 30-point margin in an effort to shorten games that are woefully out of hand.

  • Destination: Salem

    It seems somewhat fitting that, despite having a slightly higher final VHSL rating and a hair better record, Riverheads will be the traveling team for this Group 1A state semifinal tomorrow afternoon while Galax will be defending what’s left of its ragged home turf.

  • Readers Hotline 11/30/16

    Help the needy
    I agree with the caller about the cold coffee and stale donuts church, all these big screen TVs and such. What these big churches need to do if they have the money to buy something like that is, try to get out in the community and help people in need instead of filling their pockets full.

    Donuts and fellowship

  • Parades and Christmas festivities this weekend

    A weekend of holiday festivities is ahead, with Christmas parades, tree lightings, music and visits from St. Nick.

    Hillsville

    The Town of Hillsville will celebrate the Christmas season with its annual tree lighting and Christmas parade on Dec. 3.

    The festivities will start at 5 p.m. with stocking stuffing along North Main Street. The first 300 children to check in at town hall will receive a free stocking to get stuffed by local merchants and those set up along the street. Stocking stuffing will last until 6 p.m.

  • Public record for 11/30/16 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 June in the Grayson County General District Court office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Galax Community Food Fund drive underway

    Staff Report

    It’s that time of year when the community comes together to give from the heart and pack and deliver boxes of blessings to folks less fortunate in our area.

    The Community Christmas Food Fund is underway, raising money for 550 families in need to receive two large boxes of staple foods that will help them through a difficult time of year.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department is facilitating this community project, but firefighters stress that it’s the community that actually makes the effort a reality.

  • Cecil Adams remembered for pride in hometown

    INDEPENDENCE — Cecil W. Adams, an Independence native and a former member of the Independence Town Council, died Nov. 12 at age 91.

    Adams served as a member of the town council multiple times throughout his life. He also served his country in the U.S. Army.

    As a citizen, Adams devoted countless hours of care and service to the town of Independence, in big and small ways.

  • Readers Hotline 11/28/16

    Send them away
    Just look on the front page of the Nov. 16 paper —  three men were charged with selling meth and being armed [two of which are not U.S. citizens]. Now, they are sitting in our regional jail getting three meals a day, bed to sleep in and a TV to watch. The American people are paying for this. Get them out of this country. Send them back to their country and let their government foot the bill, because the American people are done with it. Good job to our police officers and God bless America.

  • Grayson will pay for teacher raises

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Although the state didn’t come across with its share, the Grayson County school system will still give employees a 2 percent raise as promised.

    Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the Grayson County School Board at its Nov. 14 meeting night that the school system worked hard to absorb the once-promised $84,000 from the state in the current budget.

    He thanked Ted Phillips, director of finance, for helping to rework the budget and come up with the funds for the raise.