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Today's News

  • A painful price point for drivers

    Never before have motorists paid $3 for a gallon of gasoline at Christmastime.
    Unless things change, that could soon happen across the nation, according to the American Automobile Association’s “Daily Fuel Gauge Report.”

  • LETTERS TO SANTA

    Fairview Elementary School

    First Grade

     

    Dear Santa Claus,

    I am Stephanie. I am brown and black. How are you today? I would like fingernails. I will like a book like Mrs. Jones. I want a magic book. I want a fushigi.

    Love,

    Stephanie Acuna

     

    Dear Santa,

    We are at school. How is Mrs. Clause doing? Is she cooking the cookies yet? Have I been good today? I want a cell phone, computer, fushigi, a t.v., a horse, and fingernails, and the book “Love, Santa”.

  • Cana couple charged with murder

    SPARTA, N.C. — An Alleghany County Sheriff's Office investigation into an Oct. 26 murder in Ennice has led to charges being placed against a Cana, Va., couple and a Surry County man.

  • Injured driver remains in hospital, charges pending

     

  • Burglar arrested when he tried to reclaim lost phone

    Not only did a burglar leave behind his cell phone when stealing wrapped Christmas presents from a home in Carroll County, he also showed up to reclaim his phone from police.
    Chase Kiran Altice, 34, of Vinton, is being held without bond in connection with the break-in.
    The burglar, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office said, dropped his cell phone in a bedroom in the house. Deputies called the Vinton man's family, saying his phone had been found in Carroll. Could he come by and pick it up?

  • Investigation rules out foul play in baby's death

    Autopsy results have been received by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department for a month-old infant who died July 16.
    Chief Deputy Mike Hash said the cause of death was listed as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as “crib death.”
    The autopsy was performed at the state Medical Examiner’s office in Roanoke.

  • Galax defies tourism's downward trend

    U.S. tourists visiting Virginia spent $17.7 billion in 2009, a 7.9 percent drop from the prior year, according to state figures released last week.
    But the Galax reversed that trend, with the city seeing a 10.4 percent increase in traveller spending last year.
    Tourists spent more than $13 million in Galax last year, according to the Virginia Tourism Corp. That spending includes gas, food, lodging, shopping, entertainment, public transportation and admission to local events and attractions.

  • Public record for 12/8/10 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. 6-29 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Wilsons celebrate wedding anniversary

    J.R. and Jan Wilson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at West Galax United Methodist Church on McCamant Drive.
    They were married Dec. 26, 1960. They are natives of the Galax area.

    J.R. retired from the Galax Water Department, and Jan retired from Galax City Schools.
    The Wilsons have two sons and daughters-in-law: Shawn and Kendra Wilson, and Timmy and Sophia Wilson. Their four grandchildren are Matt, April, and Shanna Wilson; and Heather Jones.

  • Brown, Alley marry

    Rickina Shatuan Brown of Marion and Keith Derrick Alley of Galax were married Nov. 20, 2010 at Taylor’s Chapel Church in Fries.
    The bride-elect is the daughter of Sharon (Greg) Jones of Wytheville, and James “Ricky” and Evelyn Brown of Sparta, N.C. She is the granddaughter of the late Joe and Rita Brown and Verl Sr. and the late JoAnn Brown of Galax.

    She is a 1998 graduate of Marion Senior High School of Marion. She is a full-time mother of Aaliyah.
    The groom is the son of Ladonna and Wayne Alley of Galax.