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Today's News

  • Search goes on for police chief, town manager

    HILLSVILLE — While still trying to get a new town manager onboard, Hillsville Town Council members moved along the process of selecting a new police chief Monday.
    Hillsville has been without administrators in those two positions since long-time town manager Larry South and police chief Steve Williams resigned in June before the composition of town council changed in July.
    Officials have contacted two candidates for town manager to make offers, but neither of them had accepted by the Monday meeting.

  • Obama campaign hosts roundtable in Galax

    Today (Oct. 10) at 5 p.m., Galax City School Board Member Helen Kyle will host a roundtable with voters and members of the community to talk about “how President Obama's policies have helped strengthen middle class families in rural Virginia,” according to a press release from the Obama campaign.

    Kyle will be joined by the campaign's Virginia Policy and Research Director Ericke Cage of Halifax County.

  • Fries 50K is first course in Virginia to be USATF certified

    FRIES — On Saturday, the Town of Fries will welcome more than 150 visitors who are set to participate in the 5th Annual Fries 50K on a course recently certified by USA Track and Field.
    The New River Trail course is the first and only USATF-certified 50K course in Virginia.
    This year, for the first time, runners’ finish times will be recorded as official 50K finish times, and they will also receive a 26.2 marathon split time that can be used to qualify for larger races such as the Boston Marathon.

  • Music center sees change as chance for reinvention

    For the past 25 years, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, has guided the development, construction and operation of the Blue Ridge Music Center near Galax.
    Now, the NCTA is shifting its focus and parting ways with the Blue Ridge Parkway’s museum and performance venue devoted to history and future of traditional Appalachian music.
    In a recent letter to local government leaders, Parkway Superintendent Phil Francis talked about the changes and how the music center will use this shift as an opportunity to plan the center’s future.

  • Police seize marijuana, $125,000 in cash

    CHARLOTTESVILLE — An Independence man has been arrested on drug charges and more than $125,000 in cash and other items have been seized by law enforcement officers.
    According to a news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department, Virginia State Police narcotics agents contacted the sheriff’s office on Oct. 1 in reference to an Independence resident who was arrested by the Charlottesville Police Department for alleged possession of more than three pounds of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

  • Fire drives Cana family out of home

     

    CANA — A family in Cana woke up to a home full of smoke early Tuesday morning and managed to escape the flames, according to emergency officials.

    The Cana Fire Department received a call to a house fire at the family home of Wayne McMillian on Duck Lane near Bear Trail, shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday, Chief Richard Sowers reports. 

  • She's one

    Camryn Paige Smith celebrated her first birthday on Aug. 19, 2012, with family and friends. She had a Pink Hippo party at Grayson County Recreation Park.

    She is the daughter of Tim and Melissa Smith and the sister of Ashley and Haleigh Smith and Jenna Turner. Her grandparents are Bill and Frances Smith and Gilbert and Donna Suitt.

  • Celebrates birthdays

    Alvin and Ruby Roberts of Independence celebrated their 85th birthdays on Sept. 25 and Sept. 10. A birthday party was given Sept. 15 in their honor by family members. The couple has been married 65 years.

  • Webster, Fink marry

    Krysta Lynette Webster and Jonathan Rupert Fink were united in marriage  May 19 by Professor James Rupert Fink, father of the groom, at 6 p.m. at The Osbornes in Florence, S.C., in front of 135 family members, friends, and guests.
    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Ronald Webster of Dillon, S.C. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Ray Carter, also of Dillon and the late John Darwin and Elizabeth Webster of Dillon.

  • Public record for 10/10/12 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in June in the Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed: