Today's News

  • He's one

    Julian Matthew Baker celebrated his first birthday June 19, 2015 with his big sister, Mackenzie and big brother, Lane.

    He is the son of Seth and Larissa Baker. His grandparents are Donnie and Kathy Baker, Kathy Halsey and Donny and Becky Haynes. His great-grandparents are Bob and Alice Baker, Vivian Wilson, Betty Haynes and James and Pattie Bolt. Special friends are David and Kim Stamper.

  • Public record for 9/30/15 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in February in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:
    Misty Rena Urbina of Galax, guilty of paraphernalia (type not clear); pay $100 fine and $86 costs.

  • Juvenile passenger injured in Bee Line crash

    A two-vehicle accident near Bee Line Drive in Galax on Sept. 19 left a juvenile injured, according to Virginia State Trooper J.R. Alderman. The accident occurred at about 2 p.m.

    A brown 1994 Ford F-150 pickup, driven by Luverne Prather, 84, of Woodlawn, was making a left from eastbound U.S. 58 onto Bee Line Drive when he pulled into the path of a blue 1995 Honda Civic, driven by Nicholas Long, 16, of Hillsville, the report said. Long struck Prather’s truck in the side.

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  • Benish runs for at-large seat on school board

    INDEPENDENCE — Dr. Robert Benish has joined this year’s political race to fill the at-large supervisor seat on the Grayson County School Board.

    Benish is one of three independent candidates vying for the seat this year. John K. Brewer and Tim L. “T.T.” Carico also will be listed on the ballot this November.

    The winner will fill the seat vacated by Gary Burris, who did not seek another term.

    Benish, trained in gastroenterology, has served Grayson County, Galax and surrounding communities for 28 years.

  • Hospice, home health celebrate decades of care

    Twin County Home Health recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, along with Twin County Hospice, which commemorated its 20th anniversary.

    Home Health Director Kippy Anderson and Hospice Director Larissa Baker took a few minutes to talk about their organizations’ impact on the area.

    Home Health focuses on providing care for homebound patients who are unable to leave without great effort; Hospice focuses on end-stage care for terminal patients.

  • Driver ends up in yard after Independence crash

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man received minor injuries last Wednesday morning after his vehicle crashed into a ditch on Main Street in Independence, trapping him inside.

    According to a report from Independence Police Cpl. Matthew Adams, authorities were dispatched at 8:19 a.m. to 179 W. Main Street on Sept. 23.

  • Traffic pattern to change on U.S. 58 in Carroll

    The U.S. 58 improvement project will require a traffic pattern change Tuesday and Wednesday in the Carroll County portion between Laurel Fork and Meadows of Dan.

    Weather permitting, drivers can expect a change Tuesday in the traffic pattern between Virginia 618 (Pine Branch Road) and Virginia 780 (Turnip Patch Road).

    Traffic will be routed to a newly-constructed section of the westbound lanes for approximately 2.25 miles.

  • Hot start lifts Bruins, 40-7

    HILLSVILLE –– The first Carroll County homecoming parade in recent memory culminated Thursday night with a bonfire robust enough to roast a marshmallow from a first down marker away. Friday night the Cavaliers were dealing with an entirely different manner of heat.

  • Blue Devil netters pick up first win

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County claimed its first volleyball win of the season but was upended in its Mountain Empire District opener last week.

    Tuesday, the Blue Devils avenged an earlier defeat with a 3-0 win at Tazewell, defeating the Bulldogs 25-15, 25-21, 25-9 in a nondistrict Conference 39 match. Candice Todd had 15 kills and Kaely Weatherman put up 29 assists for Grayson County.