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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 7/29/15

    The future of Cuba

  • Turns 95

    Bertha Hill celebrated her 95th birthday July 13 with family and friends.

    She was born July 13, 1920.

  • Mosses celebrate with vow renewal

    Roger and Patty Moss celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a vow renewal June 28 at Mountain Valley Wedding Chapel in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

    They were accompanied by family for a weekend of celebrations.
    Patty’s attendants were her sister, Debbie Combs, Shirley Poole, Lisa Crouse, Kacey Combs, Courtney Moss and Margie Crouse.
    Roger’s attendants were Tracy Combs, Michael Wroten and Kenny Combs.
    Kameron Combs was ring bearer.
    He is the son of the late Paul and Sylvia Moss.

  • Public record for 7/29/15 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded in November of 2014 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Readers Hotline 7/27/15

    Wants to know
    I think every state ought to have to report the address of their sanctuary cities so people like me who live in Virginia can know if we are living next to one. I think it is our right as citizens of this country to know who is living beside us and who isn’t. I don’t think that is too much to ask for.

    Flags at risk

  • Murder trial date won't be set until August

    INDEPENDENCE — A jury trial date for George Albert Harper III of Galax, who is charged with the first-degree murder of Brandon Billings, will not be set until August, according to the Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Harper is the second suspect to face a jury trial for Billings’ homicide; a crime that took place in Grayson County nearly 13 years ago. Billings, 18, was found shot to death in his truck near the New River.

    Harper was scheduled to have his trial date set on Friday. However, the scheduling was continued until Aug. 6, according to the court.

  • Musicians tune up to retake world record

    Got a mandolin and even a rudimentary ability to play it?

    Tara Linhardt wants you to come to the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention on Aug. 4 at 1 p.m. to help make history — again.

    In 2012, the world’s largest mandolin ensemble – 389 strong – came together at the Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax. That’s not just an idle boast; the event made the Guinness Book of World Records.

  • State park celebrates golden anniversary

    On July 11, Grayson Highlands celebrated the 50th anniversary of being open to the public since its establishment in 1965.

    There were more than 1,300 visitors in attendance, many of whom were locals, but some came from as far away as Germany, according to a Virginia State Parks news release.

  • Schools could save money on audit

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved a bid for school account auditing services at its regular meeting July 14, which should save the school system money.

    Norma Quesinberry, director of finance, told the board that a public notice was placed on the school website for 10 days and two bids were received.

    Based on the low bid of $10,500, the board, on a unanimous 5-0 vote, accepted a bid from Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates.

  • Traffic change coming to U.S. 58

    A traffic pattern change for the U.S. 58 traffic project in Carroll County will go into effect Thursday.

    Weather permitting, the new pattern will begin at U.S. 58 and Virginia 653 (Dust Trail Road) and extend about .7 mile, then connect back into the current travel lane at .5 mile west of Virginia 638 (Dugspur Road).

    Traffic is being placed on a newly constructed section of the eastbound lane in order to construct the westbound lanes.

    The U.S. 58 improvements are being made in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties.