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Today's News

  • Fire damages Galax apartment

    Staff Report

    Two families were displaced by an apartment fire on Jan. 11 in Galax.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched last Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. to a reported structure fire at 405 Givens Street, according to Capt. Mike Ayers.

    Firefighters arrived to find a two-story apartment building with fire blowing out of the windows on the front and right of the structure. The building housed two apartments upstairs and one (under renovation and unoccupied) downstairs.

  • Readers Hotline 1/11/17

    Between the lines
    I have had it up to here with all the people who just don’t know how to park. They put those little white lines on the road so you know where to put your vehicle. Not on top of it. Not across it, but within the lines. Even then, if people do manage to do it, they are a good two feet out from the curb. Don’t you know you are supposed to be right next to the curb? Oh, these people just burn me up.

    Under the covers

  • Arrests include drugs, break-ins, assault

    Staff Reports

    A Sparta, N.C., man arrested in Galax last month is also the suspect in a crash involving a stolen car.

    Taylor Nathaniel Tower, 30, of Sparta, N.C., was arrested on Dec. 29 by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for felony breaking and entering with intent to commit assault and battery, and larceny and felony grand larceny (stealing property not from a person valued at more than $200).

  • 3 departments respond to Elk Creek fire

    Staff Report

    ELK CREEK ― Three local fire departments were dispatched to a fully-involved structure fire last Thursday morning, using more than 16,000 gallons of water to extinguish the blaze.

    According to a report from Assistant Chief Roger Watson of the Elk Creek Volunteer Fire Department, the department was called to 523 Falls Road at 12:40 p.m. on Jan. 5. Upon arrival, firefighters found the residence fully engulfed in flames.

  • Citizen's Guide to the 2017 General Assembly

    Landmark News Service

    Professional lobbyists aren’t the only ones who can have a voice at the General Assembly in Richmond. Thanks to the internet, you can see what legislators are up to and share your opinions.

    Here’s a guide to the basics for this year’s session, which begins Jan. 11 and runs through February

    Do Your Homework

    Become familiar with the legislation beyond what you read or hear.

  • She's six

    Madison Abigail Sluss turned 6 on Oct. 22. She celebrated at Lake Ridge RV resort with a Halloween theme with friends and family. She is the daughter of Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax.

    She has two brothers, Brandon and Cayson Sluss. Her grandparents are Robert and Regina Lundy of Ennice, N.C., and Bud and Pat Sluss of Tazewell.

  • Nelson, Hammack announce engagement

    Ricky and Becky Nelson of Independence announced the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Richelle, to Brian Matthew Hammack, son of Matthew and Sarah Hammack of Manassas.

    Nelson is a 2013 graduate of Grayson County High School and plans to graduate in May 2018 with a bachelor of science degree in graphic design from Virginia Tech.
    Hammack will receive a bachelor of science degree in physics in December, and plans to continue pursuing a master’s degree in physics at Virginia Tech.
    The couple will be married on June 17, 2017, in Roanoke.

  • Public record for 1/11/17 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 February in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Flu virus at widespread levels in Virginia

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    If it seems like everyone around you is wheezing and sneezing, it’s not your imagination.

    The flu is at the widespread level in Virginia.

    The commonwealth achieved that viral state at the tail end of December, according to statistics kept by the Virginia Department of Health.

    That’s earlier than last year when the high flu season didn’t arrive until February.

  • Weekend snow causes crashes in Twin Counties

    Snow caused questionable road conditions this past weekend in the Twin Counties and beyond. According to Sgt. T.S. Todd from the Galax area office of the Virginia State Police, troopers responded to 15 accidents and 25 disabled or stuck vehicles this weekend, most of them on Friday evening when what amounted to six inches of snow started falling.