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Today's News

  • Joneses celebrate 60th anniversary

    Edgar and Pauline Jones of Galax recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married June 11, 1955.

    They have two children, Daniel Ray Jones of Galax and Linda Robinson of Hillsville. The Galax Church of God of Prophecy helped with the celebration.
     

  • Celebrates 25th wedding anniversary

    Jennifer and David Burnette celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary July 4.

    They were married July 4, 1990.

  • Turns 100

    Lura Bartlett, a resident at Waddell Nursing & Rehab Center, recently celebrated her 100th birthday. A party was held in her honor on June 11th, with family coming in as far away as Nashville, Tenn.

    Family and friends all had a great time celebrating Bartlett’s 100 years. When asked what attributed to her long life, she stated, “I don’t know. I guess I have good genes.”

  • Beasley, McFarland to marry

    James and Paulette Beasley of Hillsville announced the engagement of their daughter, Heather Nicole Beasley, to William Lee McFarland, son of Linwood and Margie McFarland of Seagrove, NC.

    Beasley is the granddaughter of Lurene and the late Paul Bowman of Fancy Gap, and the late Russell and Ethel Beasley. She is a graduate of Concord University with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and a minor in health promotion. She works as a pharmacy technician with Walmart.

  • Readers Hotline 7/20/15

    Crows invasion
    Terrace Lane residents never had crows until the garbage receptacles were overloaded and overflowing onto the street. Crows are mean. They kill rabbits and birds and make a trashy looking street. Be sure your garbage container lid is securely closed.

    Deer will multiply

  • Plane crash cause still unknown

    A preliminary report was issued by the National Transportation Safety Board regarding the crash of a Piper Cherokee Warrior on July 1 near the Twin County Airport.

    NTSB officials said that the final report on the crash may be more than a year away.

  • 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.