Today's News

  • 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.

  • Poll shows state up for grabs in 2016

    Landmark News Service

    Less than four months before Virginia’s 2016 presidential primary, candidate preferences among the state’s voters are similar to those in other early primary states, according to a poll released Nov. 16.

    Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and New York real estate magnate Donald Trump were the top choices for the Republican nomination, and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton led Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race.

  • 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.”

  • Students invite country star Luke Bryan to class

    HILLSVILLE – A first grade class at Oakland Elementary is asking for the help of social media to bring a country musician to Carroll County.

    Teacher Amy Gordon and her students are asking Luke Bryan, a popular and award-winning country music artist, to come and read to her class if they get a specific response on social media. “We are asking for 1,000 likes and 1,000 shares,” said Gordon.

  • Six arrested on meth charges in Galax

    Staff Report

    Six people have been arrested after police in Galax received information that a quantity of methamphetamine was being delivered to the city.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, officers Sgt. Shawny Jones, Terry Woods and Jeremiah Foutch conducted an investigation Nov. 19 that led to the arrests of the following individuals:

    • Alicia Grunlose Reynolds, 40, of Hillsville, was charged with possession of a Schedule II drug (methamphetamine) and carrying a concealed weapon. Reynolds was held under a $500 bond.

  • 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.