Today's News

  • Laurel Fork battles fire


    LAUREL FORK — Members of the Laurel Fork, Hillsville and Meadows of Dan fire departments responded to reports of heavy smoke and fire coming from a residence on U.S. 58, west of Dugspur Road, at about 7:18 Friday morning.

    Calls about the heavy smoke came into Twin County E-911 from the rental home at 13889 Danville Pike and from a neighbor, said emergency officials. While there were people in the house at the time, they got out safely.

  • Hillsville redrawing boundaries

    HILLSVILLE — Town officials are redrawing Hillsville’s four voting wards and will hold a public hearing on the proposal at their Dec. 12 meeting.
    Just as other localities had to do after the numbers from the 2010 Census came out, the goal of redistricting involves equalizing the number of voters in the wards.
    One of the biggest changes includes adding all the new area annexed on the west side of town out to Interstate 77’s Exit 14 to the Pipers Gap ward, according to information from town Treasurer Judy Bolt.

  • With clerk's hiring, school projects take step forward

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County’s “clerk of the works,” who will watch over the phase III school construction projects, will begin his duties Monday.
    A committee of five county and school officials sifted through 21 resumes to choose the clerk, or construction management official, who would coordinate activities at Carroll County High and Intermediate schools.

  • Galax seeks federal grant for public art project

    Sculptures and murals, like those seen throughout Charlottesville, Roanoke and Chicago, contribute to tourism and the quality of life for locals, Council Member Bob Lazo said at last month’s Galax City Council meeting.
    Lazo asked that the city put aside a small portion of the budget to fund public art displays.
    Brenda Marrah, the city’s grants administrator, plans to apply for ArtPlace funding to assist with this.

  • Christmas parades, events planned for weekend


  • 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.