Today's News

  • Commission revises plans for riverside properties

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Planning Commission recently discussed and approved several revisions for rules governing the county’s shoreline recreation zones.

  • Bagging Rights: United Way fundraiser ‘feud’ heats up

    Once again, the most anticipated competition of the year is underway. Not the Superbowl, not the World Series, not the Boston Marathon – the United Way Celebrity Bagging Challenge.

    For the eighth year in a row, local celebs will engage in a battle royale to see which Food City can raise the most money for United Way of Southwest Virginia.

  • Lawson to lead Grayson's CATE Center

    INDEPENDENCE — In addition to appointing Kelly Wilmore as the new schools superintendent, the Grayson County School Board approved a list of appointments for the school system during the Nov. 9 meeting.

    Included in the list for approval was Angela Lawson, who will serve as the principal for the school’s Career & Technical Education (CATE) Center. She began Nov. 10.

  • Churches cook up moveable feast

    INDEPENDENCE — Each year about this time, people’s thoughts turn to turkey dinner with all the trimmings. We look forward to a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner where we eat too much and spend time visiting with family and friends.

  • Galax seeking school mentors

    Galax schools are looking for adult mentors to work with kids one or two days a month, according to Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell.

  • VanEngen, Helmick to marry

    Ches R. Helmick of Galax and Meagan VanEngen announce their engagement.
    They will be married in 2016 in Lynchburg.
    Helmick is with Edward Jones Investments.

    VanEngen is a doctoral student at Virginia Tech.
    They attended Liberty University.
    The couple said that any gifts can be made in their name to the Twin County Humane Society or Backpack Buddies.

  • Bunn turns 95

    Bobby Bunn took his mother, Annabelle, who had just turned 95, for a ride on his motorcycle recently. She is in good health, takes no medication and has lived a busy life.

  • Public record for 11/11/15 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in February in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

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  • Comcast will cap data plans at 300GB/month

    Cable giant Comcast has announced that starting Dec. 1, there will be a 300 GB (gigabyte) per month cap on its data plans, but customers who run over the plan can be charged for additional blocks of 50 GB of data at $10 each.

    This will apply to Galax area customers, according to Comcast.

    According to Alex Horwitz, vice president of public relations, there’s another option for data, for what Comcast terms the “Big South Region” (Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee and Southwest Virginia).