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  • 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.

  • Readers Hotline 1/9/17

    Heed the public
    I think Galax made a wise choice to remodel Galax Elementary School in the current location. I have to say that was very strange how school board and city council went against what appeared to be a majority of citizens of Galax and bought land for a new school. I would hope when there is major opposition against a major project in the future, they will listen to the people of Galax and not waste taxpayers’ money.

    Monkey, or not?

  • 2016 EDITORIAL AWARDS

    Finding the funny in a year like 2016 was no easy task.

    We lost pop culture icons, endured putrid politics and, locally, suffered through some horrible events.

    The year-end awards editorial is usually a roast of those people and news stories that made us chuckle — Seriously, all those previous award editorials were supposed to be funny. No, really! — but it was a daunting effort this year.

  • Help sought for wreck victims

    MOUTH OF WILSON ― Two fundraising campaigns have been created to assist a local couple injured in a single-vehicle crash on Dec. 29, 2016.

    According to a report from the Virginia State Police, the accident occurred on Dec. 29, along Route 58 in the Rugby area. A 2002 Dodge pickup truck operated by Codey Grimes, 20, of Independence, was traveling through the area when he lost control of the vehicle, according to the police report.