Today's News

  • Carroll duo headline all-4A team

    Rick Nester is a lifelong baseball man who has been coaching varsity softball for three years. Sydney Nester is a ninth-grader who has been playing varsity softball for all of three months.

    Both have found their relatively new surroundings much to their liking.

    Though the two Nesters aren’t related genetically, they are inexorably linked competitively, having been named the Group 4A state player of the year and coach of the year, as announced this week by the Virginia High School League.

  • Farmer, Tucker exchange vows

    Brittany Leigh Farmer and Charles Richard Tucker were united in marriage May 22, 2015, at Claytor Lake by the Rev. Elvis Poole.
    The bride is the daughter of John and Jennifer Farmer. She is the granddaughter of Edward and the late Iva Farmer, Howard and Zollie Easter and the great-granddaughter of Opal Robinson.

    She is a 2010 graduate of Grayson County High School.
    The groom is the son of Donald and Janette Tucker of Calhoun County, W.Va.
    He is employed with Utility Trailers, Marion.

  • Testerman turns 90

    Frances Testerman of Elk Creek celebrated her 90th birthday, May 17 with family and friends at the home of her daughter, Hilda Sutherland in Comers Rock.

    She has three other children, Wayne Osborne, Grey Osborne and Janet Farmer. Her only living sibling, Gordie Anderson and wife Natalie, were present from Indiana. She was born May 19, 1925, in Grubbs Chapel.

  • Public record for 6/24/15 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Oct. 15-29 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers Hotline 6/24/15

    Holes to fill
    Whoever is responsible for upkeep at the entrance to the Galax end of the New River Trail needs to do some much-needed maintenance. There are two large potholes at the entrance that can damage a car. It’s embarrassing for out of town visitors to see a parking lot in such poor condition. Especially since they charge such a large parking fee.

    Important class

  • Taylor pleads guilty to drug charge

    ROANOKE — A Grayson County man entered a guilty plea to charges involving the distribution of methamphetamine in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke on June 1.
    Ronald Dean Taylor, 54, of Whitetop, was charged by grand jury indictment on March 12, along with Erika Elena Ortiz and Olivia Marisol Moreno, with conspiracy to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine, a Schedule II drug. Indictments detailed six incidents beginning in or around the summer of 2014 through December 2014.

  • Board accepts $1.1 million


    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board, after more than two months of haggling, finally accepted a $1.1 million supplement from the Grayson Board of Supervisors to help balance the 2015-2016 school budget during a special called meeting on June 17.
    The county funds will allow the school system to give teachers raises and reinstate the building trades class at the high school that was cut earlier this year because of a lack of funds. It will also pay for school resource officers.

  • Galax PD welcomes new police dog

    At the Monday, June 8 Galax City Council meeting, which is the last of this fiscal year, council took time to welcome Ajo, a 22-month old German shepherd, the new Galax Police Department’s dog.
    Ajo, presented by Sgt. Jacob Vaughan, is trained in drug detection, tracking and officer protection. Ajo came from the Four Winds Police Dog Centre, according to Chief Rick Clark, who helped introduce Ajo. “He’s a very, very valuable tool,” said Clark.

  • Picking out the banjo's place in music history

    American roots music was ignited by the collision of two cultures and their instruments — the fiddle from Northern Europe and the banjo from Africa.
    Like a flame traveling down a fuse, that spark lead to an explosion of unique sound that created the majority of American music heard today — old-time to bluegrass and folk; country and blues to rock ‘n roll; soul and R&B to hip-hop.

  • Seniors seek to better schools, community

    Seniors often look forward to leaving high school to make their marks on the world, but many in Galax High School’s class of 2015 worked to better their community in the months before they donned caps and gowns.
    This spring, seniors presented their projects to the Galax School Board.
    Jessica Berry started a book collection project, for each first and second grader at Galax Elementary School to receive a book.