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Today's News

  • Galax man charged with arson

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Galax police arrested Doyal Ray Blankenship Jr., 52, of Galax on Tuesday and charged him with arson after firefighters fought a blaze at a home in West Galax that morning.
    Blankenship was charged after the Galax Fire Department received a call to a structure fire on Waugh Drive, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Winery, cider maker win silver medals

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Five years ago, a seed was planted that started the process of turning Noel and Peggy Belcher’s dream of owning a winery into a reality. Three years ago, the foundation was put down and the walls went up, creating a home for that dream. Two years ago, Mt. Vale Vineyard’s doors finally opened.
    Today, the founders’ dream continues to grow and thrive. After Peggy Belcher’s passing in 2012, each success becomes a fitting tribute to her memory.

  • Show to benefit Galax musician

    An upcoming benefit concert will help pay for a fitting memorial for a late local musician.
    Proceeds from the March 16 concert at Galax’s historic Rex Theater will be donated towards a cemetery stone for Artie Marshall (1927-2003).
    On March 16, Artie’s husband Jim Marshall will perform at the Rex with many of his musical friends, including Stevie Barr & Friends, The Wolfe Brothers, Kyle-Dean & Snake Smith, Willard Gayheart & Bobby Patterson, Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones and other special guests.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/6/13

    Sickly cycle
    We keep our kids home when they are sick. We don’t have time limits when they get sick. The school calls, we have to go for a meeting and are told our kids cannot miss more school. So, we send them to school. More get sick. What is up with this?

    Separate vacations

  • Stolen car recovered quickly

     

  • Grayson developing 'roadmap to the future'

    The Grayson County Planning Commission is developing a "good roadmap to the future" through its yearlong effort to update its comprehensive plan.
    "The goal is to produce an action-based plan that addresses the current needs and future challenges," said Elaine Holeton, director of the county’s Department of Planning and Community Development.
    State code requires each locality in Virginia to draft a comprehensive plan at least once every 10 years. Grayson’s last plan was drafted in 2005, with re-adoption in 2009.

  • Study: trail plan won't infringe on property rights

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The Crooked Road, Virginia’s heritage music trail, has proposed that its coverage region of 19 counties and four cities in Southwest Virginia be designated as a National Heritage Area, “based on the region’s unique musical heritage and its significant role in the formation of American music,” according to a press release provided by the organization.

  • He's three

    Dakota Lee Walls celebrated his third birthday Jan. 25 with friends and family.

    He had a Thomas the Train and Angry Bird parties. He is the son of Edward and Kristin Walls.

  • Public record for 3/6/13 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 October 2012 in the Grayson County District Court office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

    WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:

    HEAVY WET SNOW OVERNIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

    LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK EAST THROUGH THE OHIO VALLEY AND MERGE WITH A LOW THAT WILL DEVELOP IN THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS AND TRACK TO THE MID ATLANTIC COAST BY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

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