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Today's News

  • Blessing the Animals

    HILLSVILLE — Of the dozen or so dogs and one cat in attendance at the Blessing of the Animals Saturday, Stephanie Burnette thought her companion might be the poster child.
    Maddie had been diagnosed with cancer in June, and Burnette learned that the dog might have days or weeks to live.
    Despite that, Maddie continues to hang on and to receive treatment for her malady.
    “She plays,” Burnette said. “She enjoys life. To me, it’s been a miracle, an absolute miracle.”

  • Day care centers aim to improve

    Eight day care centers in Carroll and Grayson have enrolled in a two-year continuous improvement course with Smart Beginnings to boost educational successes for their children.
    The day care centers have volunteered to start with a wide-reaching assessment of their programs, followed by mentoring to increase the benefits they can provide to their kids, said Trudy Golding of Smart Beginnings Twin County.
    She coordinates the local Virginia Star Quality Initiative and reports that participants will include:

  • Local scout honored for gesture of respect

    Webelos Scout Lane Snow from Woodlawn stood and saluted through the 2.5-mile funeral procession of Virginia State Trooper A.D. Fox last week.
    As a nine-year-old member of Pack 810 in Woodlawn, Snow and his unit had been learning about citizenship and duty to country when Trooper Fox was killed in the line of duty.

  • Red Cross helping family that lost home

    The Wood’s River Chapter of the American Red Cross has assisted a Cana family recovering from an Oct. 9 fire that destroyed their home.
    Six were living in the home of David and Ann McMillan when the fire caught in the early morning hours that day. The extensive damage from the blaze drove the couple and their four children out of the home.
    Just like with other emergencies that shake up peoples’ lives, Red Cross representatives responded to a request to help the McMillans after the house was declared a total loss by firefighters.

  • 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.