Today's News

  • Turns five

    Madalyn Sierra Gregory celebrated her fifth birthday Oct. 11 with a special party at home with her parents and on Oct. 29 with family and friends at a Halloween costume party.

    She is the daughter of Jimmie and Whitney Gregory of Fries the granddaughter of John and Frances Pierce of Fries; William and Vergie Lundy and Eddie and Brenda Ward, all of Independence; and Jacky Testerman of Lansing, N.C.

  • She's one

    Madison Abigail Sluss celebrated her first birthday on Oct. 22, 2011, at Galax Recreation Center. She had a princess theme birthday party. Family and friends attended.

    Her parents are Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax. She has a brother, Brandon Sluss. Grand-parents are Robert and Regina Lundy of Ennice, N.C.; and Bud and Pat Sluss of Tazewell.

  • Turns 91

    Lillie Mae Galyean Melton will turn 91 on Nov. 27, 2011. A Thanksgiving Day celebration was held for her with all her family attending.

  • Hamptons celebrate 65th anniversary

    Roy Dale Hampton Sr. and Juanita Smith Hampton celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Nov. 9.

    They married Nov. 9, 1946, just six months after he returned form serving in the U.S. Navy in Okinawa during World War II.
    She worked as a switchboard operator for Inter-Mountain Telephone Company.
    They have two children — Roy Dale Hampton Jr. of King, N.C., and Betsy H. Harrison of Independence. Their grandsons are Garrett Hampton Harrison of Greenville, Tenn., and Brandon Scott Hampton of King, N.C.

  • Public record for 11/30/11 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.


    These marriage licenses were recorded Aug. 19-Oct. 19 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    John Arthur Coleman, 39, and Stacy Lynn Johnson Richardson, 31, both of Galax.

  • Goad resigns as town attorney


  • Connard “Buddy” Surratt, 79

    Connard “Buddy” Surratt, 79, of Barren Springs, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at his home in Wythe County.

    He was born July 3, 1932, to the late Cora and Robert Surratt in Poplar Camp.

  • Jill Lynn Smith Cox, 55

    Jill Lynn Smith Cox, 55, of Independence, Va., passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, Va.

    She was born July 7, 1956, at El Paso, Texas, to Charles Smith and Shirley Mayes Smith.

    She was manager of the Concession Stand at Grayson County High School during football season and Troop Leader of Cub Scouts of Independence, Va.

  • Irene Bobbitt, 70

    Irene Bobbitt, 70, of Galax, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at her home.

    She was born Nov. 13, 1941, in Grayson County to Olen and Esther Osborne Bobbitt.

    Survivors include her sister, Geraldine Bobbitt of Galax and Wanda Blevins of Marion; and a brother, Albert Bobbitt of Hillsville.

    A graveside memorial service will be held today, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at 2 p.m. in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

  • County maintenance department keeps busy

    HILLSVILLE — Building projects and regular efforts have kept and will continue to keep supervisor Ricky Dowdy’s maintenance department busy, he told the Carroll County supervisors on Nov. 21.
    Dowdy reported to the supervisors about work his department has completed and is ongoing, which includes projects at most county properties.