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Today's News

  • Hodge, Vaughan to marry

    Ralph and Rhonda Hodge of Fries announce the engagement of their daughter, Angel Michelle Hodge, to Justin Rodney Vaughan, son of Rodney and Edna Vaughan of Fries.
    Hodge is the granddaughter of the late Staley and Donna Lee Hodge and the late Wayne and Addie Bobbitt.

    She is a 2003 graduate of Grayson County High School and a 2007 graduate of Virginia Tech. Hodge has a bachelor’s degree in communication and is employed by Brazzell Marketing Agency in Galax.

  • Belton to turn 80 on Oct. 11

    Ray Belton will celebrate his 80th birthday Oct. 11. He and his wife, Dorothy, have been married 57 years.

    They have four children: Kenneth Belton, Janice Warf, Wanda Wingate and Bobby Elliott.

  • Wright, Linkous exchange vows

    Cyndi Leigh Wright and Timothy Adam Linkous were married at 7 p.m. May 26 at Asbury United Methodist Church in Rural Retreat.
    The Rev. Larry A. Linkous Sr., father of the groom, performed the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard “Butch” Wright of Rural Retreat. Her grandparents are Ms. Okey King and the late George King and Mr. and Mrs. Charles “Puffy” Wright of Rural Retreat. She is a dental assistant in King, N.C.

  • Public record for 10/17/12 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 June in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • GHS senior plans to leave her mark

    A Galax High School student is planning to leave her mark on the school by organizing a senior project that will paint the white Maroon Tide symbol on the roads encircling the school.
    Kaitlyn Martin addressed Galax City Council at its Oct. 8 meeting, requesting that she be allowed to move forward with her project and allow city employees to paint and maintain the street symbols.

  • Man dies in Cana crash

    CANA — An 82-year-old Cana man died in a single-vehicle crash on Bear Trail Road at about 8:45 a.m. Monday.
    A Virginia State Police report identified the victim as Garnett William Willard from Cana.
    Willard had been driving a 1999 Ford F150 at the time of the accident when it went off the left side of the road and struck a tree on Bear Trail, about three-quarters of a mile east of Polar Lane.
    The medical examiner will conduct an investigation into the cause of death.
    Cana Fire and Rescue responded to the scene to assist.

  • Nelson reaches for the stars in NASA program

    HAMPTON – Grayson County High School student Brooke Nelson spent a week of her summer planning a mission to Mars.
    Nelson was one of 48 rising high school seniors selected to take part in the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) academy. The academy was held June 23-29 at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, and was hosted by NASA Langley in partnership with the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

  • Readers' Hotline 10/17/12

    Editor’s note: A reminder that comments made about the election and candidates should be substantiated or the calls are subject to being deleted.

    Has the skill

  • Hillsville man's face transplant transforms his life

     

    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND — The 37-year-old Hillsville man who received the most extensive face transplant surgery ever says his life has been transformed.

    The University of Maryland released details today on the recovery of Richard Lee Norris, on the surgery completed to date seven months ago. 

  • Devils get it over with early

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County scored three touchdowns on its first four plays Friday and totally dominated Bland County in a 48-0 Mountain Empire District game.

    The Blue Devils celebrated homecoming with every player on the team seeing action.

    The Bears got off on the wrong foot to open the game when a squib kick gave Grayson County good field position at its own 48.