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Today's News

  • New generation sings for Caty Sage

    FRIES — A piece of local history was passed down to students at Fries School last month, when a local songwriter designed her own take on a locally-spun tale about a girl named Caty Sage.

    According to the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum’s online exhibit, “The Ballad of Caty Sage” was originally a poem written in the 1930s by Eva Boyer of Carroll County, and was later set to music by J.C. Pierce of Galax. Pierce performed it at the 1940 Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention, and later recorded it on small commercial labels.

  • Harper trial to be set this week

    INDEPENDENCE — A jury trial date for George Albert Harper III, who is charged with the first-degree murder of Brandon Billings, will be set in Grayson County Circuit Court on Friday.

    Harper is the second suspect to face a jury trial for the murder of Billings; a crime that took place in Grayson County nearly 13 years ago. According to police reports, Billings, a Galax High School senior and a member of the football team, was found shot to death in his truck near the New River.

  • Hillsville, VFW continue trash talk

    HILLSVILLE — The veterans’ organization that sponsors the annual Labor Day Gun Show & Flea Market in Hillsville wants the town to pick up the fee for dumping trash after the event, which brings an estimated 100,000 people to the area over the holiday weekend.

    Hillsville Town Council’s agenda on July 13 was void of items, save for a few discussions requested by town citizens. Council members spoke with Andrew Bowman, the flea market manager for VFW Post #1115, who first brought the request to council in June.

  • A Patriot's Story

    By Lee Houston, Galax

    On July 4, 1826, on the 50th anniversary of our nation declaring its independence, patriots Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died.

    They were the last signers of the Declaration of Independence to pass. I thought that it was no accident that God would call patriots home on the Fourth of July. At 7:30 p.m. on July 4, 2015, God called home Joe Bill Edwards, a farm boy from Grayson County. He, too, was a patriot.

  • City council honors student athletes

    Several Galax High School athletes were honored at Galax City Council’s July 13 meeting, including the state champion soccer team.

    The GHS Boys’ Soccer Team was recognized for winning its second consecutive State 1A Championship, finishing the year 20-1. Brian Estrada, Felix Medina and Edgar Guzman were congratulated for their First Team All-State recognition; Dominic DiGiacomo was honored for this, as well as winning state 1A Player of the Year.

  • Welch to represent Carroll in pageant

    Bethany Welch, 19, the 2014-2015 Miss Carroll County (another one will be crowned this September) says she is excited to go compete in the National American Miss Pageant.

    Welch is also a stylist and nail tech at Fifty Eight Salon in Woodlawn.

    “One of the things I’m going to do is go compete in the top model and runway contests,” she said. “You go in and literally have a photo shoot with professionals, and you’re judged on how well you do. You can be scouted, you can win money, you can win scholarships.”

  • Venzie's marimba playing takes listeners on musical journey

    Larissa Venzie started out playing the piano at age seven, but after hearing a marimba for the first time a few years later she knew that was her focus.

  • School board approves hirings, firings and transfers

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved the resignations of both varsity basketball coaches at its meeting Monday night, while the teacher of a popular building trades program was re-hired and a central office administrator retired after his job was eliminated.

    Head basketball coach Lucas Austin and assistant coach Landon Testerman resigned their positions effective July 14.

  • Man wanted for golf cart theft in Carroll

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that deputies are on the lookout for a suspect wanted for numerous charges.

    According to an alert from the sheriff’s office, Dakota Shane Edwards, 18, is wanted for grand larceny of a golf cart and utility trailer and destruction of property at Byllesby Dam.

    Anyone who has information regarding Edwards’ location can contact the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 728-4146 or (276) 236-5119.

  • Public record for 7/15/15 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 October of 2014 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Crystal Rae Lowe, 30, and Heather Nicole Weber, 29, both of Independence.