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Today's News

  • Griffith to visit Independence, Galax

     

    9th District Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va) will be in Grayson County and Galax on Friday to meet with constituents and tour a local business.
    Griffith will tour Darco Southern Inc. in Independence from 9-10 a.m.
    At noon, Griffith will attend a "meet and greet" with local constituents at the Crossroads Institute in Galax, hosted by the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

  • Grayson tries to clean up trash collection

    INDEPENDENCE — In an effort to better improve trash collection services in Grayson County, the board of supervisors gave a nod of approval to minor changes in procedures during holidays and inclement weather.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet said the county continues to “grapple with the Monday pick-ups, as well as inclement weather pick-ups.”
    Because many federal holidays fall on Mondays, those customers have their trash picked up less frequently than those whose trash is collected on other days of the week.

  • Making up is hard to do

    HILLSVILLE — The discussion of making up each missed snow day got heated at the Carroll County School Board.
    At issue was whether educators should add all the missed days back into the calendar, plus extend the length of the school day for a month, so instructional time for the students would not take a bigger hit.
    A calendar committee looked into it and Assistant Superintendent Strader Blankenship presented the board with ideas to get those 18 school days back.
    • Option 1 involved using all make-up days and ending the school year on May 31.

  • Driven by friend's memory — WITH VIDEO

     

    WITH VIDEO FEATURE

  • Sheriff answers challenge

     

  • Public record for 2/16/11 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Oct. 30-Nov. 23 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • To be married

    Marion and Michael Goldwasser of Hillsville and Dever Bernstine of Winter Garden, Fla., and Martin Bernstine of Ocoee, Fla., announced the engagement of Ellen Margaret Goldwasser and Matthew Yale Bernstine.

    Goldwasser received her B.A. in Spanish with a minor in planning from the University of Virginia and is pursuing a master's in social work at Columbia University.
    Bernstine received his B.A. and M.A. from UVa. in city planning and  works for HOC in NYC.

  • Celebrate birthdays

    Kaylee Danielle Clontz turned three on Jan. 3. She is the daughter of Danielle Clontz of Wytheville.
    Krissy Rebecca Clontz turned four Dec. 29. She is the daughter of Eric Clontz of Fries.

    Both celebrated Jan. 16 with a Tinkerbell party at the Wytheville Community Center with family and friends.
    Their grandparents are Tim and Rebecca Clontz of Fries. Great-grandparents are Ileen and the late Boyd Trimble of Fries and the late James and Nancy Clontz of Galax.

  • Jackson turns 100

    Hazel Louise Jackson observed her 100th birthday anniversary on Feb. 6 in the main dining hall of Wheatland Assisted Living in Hillsville at 3 p.m.
    She was born Feb. 6, 1911 in Galax, and was the fourth of seven girls born to Joel and Addie Hawkins.
    She was graduated from Galax High School in 1929, the year of the Great Depression.

    Jackson’s father was a blacksmith and a mason who laid brick on many of the buildings built in the early 1900s in Galax.

  • High winds, dry air spread fire fast