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Today's News

  • 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:

  • Readers' Hotline 10/10/12

    No stopping it

  • PRIDE IN THE PAST, DEDICATED TO THE FUTURE — Galax Volunteer Fire Department Celebrates 100 Years

    The members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department take their motto to heart.
    “Pride in Our Past, Dedicated to the Future” is emblazoned on signs and trucks, but it’s more than words.
    As for the pride in the past, firefighters speak reverently of those who came before, building the organization from a bucket brigade to a fire company in 1912, after much of the city’s wood buildings were destroyed by fire.

  • Offensive explosion lifts Abingdon

    HILLSVILLE—Abingdon scored 38 straight points and gained more than 400 yards on the ground to rally for a 49-28 Southwest District win Friday night over Carroll County at Tommy Thompson Field.

    Abingdon (3-3, 1-0) trailed by one point at the break, but used five straight scoring drives to take a commanding win over district foe Carroll County (1-5, 0-1).

    The Falcons didn’t attempt a single pass in the second half, and instead racked up 310 rushing yards in the final two quarters.