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Today's News

  • Police sergeant on leave after DUI arrest

    Galax Police Sgt. Earl Johnson, 51, who has worked at the department for 25 years, was charged with driving under the influence and refusal of a blood or breath test on Saturday morning.
    According to Police Chief Rick Clark, Johnson was arrested by Officer Carry Woods of the Galax Police Department, who originally stopped the vehicle Johnson was operating for reckless driving on East Grayson Street.
    The stop was made at 4:01 a.m.
    Clark said Johnson was not on duty and was not operating a city-owned vehicle at the time of his arrest.

  • Espinoza takes state at 112

    SALEM –– Junior Espinoza’s season ended with a celebratory leap into his coach’s arms. Blake Bowman’s high school career ended with a coach’s consoling pat on the back. 

    The only Twin County wrestlers to reach the championship round, Espinoza edged K.C. Cash of Riverheads in overtime for the Group A 112-pound championship while Bowman fell to Christiansburg’s Logan Bosley in the Group AA 135-pound finals Saturday at the Group A and Group AA state wrestling tournaments at the Salem Civic Center.

  • End cuts to education spending in Virginia

    Harold Golding is chairman of the Southwest Region, Virginia School Boards Association Board of Directors

    “The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action,” the British philosopher Herbert Spencer once wrote.
    Today, I urge you to take action to help the education system in Virginia be as strong as it can possibly be. You can make a difference in the future of our children and in the welfare of our communities.
    Are you aware that per pupil spending in Virginia has decreased by almost 20 percent since 2007?

  • Grayson social services in need

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County leaders will search the current budget for an additional $1,763 to transfer to the Department of Social Services, allowing the department to pull in additional federal money.
    Betty Richardson, Grayson Social Services director, approached the board during its regular meeting Feb. 10 to ask for the additional money.

  • Old-Time Saturday Night

     

    Old-Time Saturday Night, a new monthly concert series at the Rex Theater in Galax, is another opportunity for people to dance to old-time music at the historic downtown venue.
    For several years, the Rex on East Grayson Street has hosted Blue Ridge Backroads Live, a concert series of bluegrass and old-time bands broadcast live on WBRF 98.1 FM on Friday nights.

    • Explore the historic Rex Theater in Galax

  • Guiding Fancy Gap's future

     

  • Fire's cause still undetermined

     

  • Carroll rebuilding Extension

    HILLSVILLE — Now that the statewide restructuring of Virginia Cooperative Extension has halted, Carroll officials have moved to rebuild the presence of agents in the county office.
    Carroll County had recently lost both the agricultural and 4-H agents.
    County Administrator Gary Larrowe asked the Carroll Board of Supervisors at their Feb. 14 meeting for approval of a plan to fund replacements for those positions.

  • Public record for 2/23/11 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in November of 2010, in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Turner, Smith marry

    Melissa McAdams Turner and Timothy Stephen Smith were united in marriage Oct. 16, 2010, at Bible Baptist Church in Galax. Danny Tolley officiated.
    The bride was escorted and given in marriage by her daughter, Jenna Turner.

    Flower girl was Haleigh Smith, daughter of the groom. Maleke Valentine was ring bearer, and his mother, Amy Richardson, friend of the bride, served as matron of honor.
    Bridesmaids were Crystal Burress and Amanda Hammond, friends of the bride, and Ashley Smith, daughter of the groom.