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Today's News

  • Felts Park stage taking shape

    The 20-by-28-foot permanent stage that Branson Construction's crew has been working on in Felts Park for the past few weeks should be complete in time for the Galax Moose Lodge-sponsored fiddlers' convention in August, if not sooner, said Galax City Manager Keith Barker.

    The permanent stage is being built as part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention.

  • 'Dream' a final curtain for conservatory grads

    Tino Sauter, Beth Galyean and Taylor Edwards autographed their torn and tattered ballet shoes — one of the last pairs they will wear at the Conservatory of Dance & Theatre in Galax — to display them as memorabilia from now on in the office of dance instructor and studio owner Barbara Johnson.

    As they prepare for one last production at the conservatory, they talked about how much they'll miss Galax and the dance studio as they pursue their passion for ballet at college and other intensive dance programs. They will leave in just a few weeks.

  • Grayson sheriff receives memorial

    INDEPENDENCE — Few people in Grayson County remember when Sheriff Charles C. McKnight was shot and killed in the line of duty in 1933.

    There were no plaques that honored him, which concerned Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    Several weeks ago, he started a project to remember the late sheriff and, after extensive research, a large bronze plaque bearing McKnight’s picture and the date he was killed now hangs in the front lobby of the Grayson County Courthouse.

  • Hit the brakes in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Police speedily rolled its latest traffic safety tool on the streets of Hillsville.

    Police Chief Steve Williams told town council members at their meeting last Monday about the department's interest in buying a "speed trailer" — the roadside radar device with electronic readout meant to slow down traffic.

    "If you were near the intermediate school after lunch today, Decatur Radar brought what they call a speed trailer for us to demo…" Williams explained.

  • Schools may serve as collateral

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will likely put its two schools included in Phase I of the long-term facilities improvement plan up for collateral as it looks for additional money to fund the projects.

    The board has an outstanding loan of $16.3 million with SunTrust Bank. That number was expected to cover the costs of Phase I — which includes a new school in the western end of the county and renovations to Fries Middle School.

  • District tournament scores, region pairings

    REGION IV PAIRINGS

    BASEBALL

    Tuesday

    1–Blacksburg at Abingdon

  • Public record for 6/2/10 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 at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Feb. 18-March 23 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Lost in the Line of Duty

    HILLSVILLE — An investigation by a Carroll deputy has ensured that one of his fellow officers will be properly remembered for his service.

    The name of Carroll Deputy Emery Mabry had been carved into the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial in Washington, D.C., with a description that didn't accurately tell the story of how he died in the line of duty.

    The deputy stopped a suspicious vehicle, soon after his watch ended on April 22, 1974.

  • VFW Post 1115 celebrates 75 years

    HILLSVILLE — 1935 proved a busy year in the Twin Counties.

    Construction wrapped up on the Blue Ridge Parkway and tourists got to drive on the scenic national park road for the first time starting in the fall.

    Fiddlers gathered in a convention for the first time in Galax to play some old-time tunes.

    And, on May 15 of that year, 29 men who had served their country in the military mustered together to create the Grover King Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1115.

  • Historic Carter Home ready for guests

    HILLSVILLE — In order to become a centerpiece of the community for cultural and historical activities, the Carter Home Foundation needs more community involvement.

    The foundation that oversees the home associated with coal and railroad magnate George L. Carter holds non-profit status. A recent facelift has refreshed the exterior and the first two floors of the interior of the home originally built by Fielden Hale in 1845.