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Today's News

  • One year later, P.O. hostage has new outlook

    Marjorie Austin Crockett is having to force herself to get into the spirit of Christmas, one year after a Tennessee man armed with a fake bomb and four handguns disrupted her workplace during the holidays in 2009.

    Crockett and two others were held for nine hours by the man during an armed standoff with police.
    Today, Crockett — recently married, living in Max Meadows and still working as a letter carrier in Galax — says she has a new outlook on life, even as she copes with the trauma of what she went through last year.

  • Schools cut 'Wired Road' ties

    HILLSVILLE — Fiber optic connections to 10 locations, reliability and a lower price point were factors that led the Carroll School Board to sign up with a major telecom provider.
    Century Link won the bid after the school board sought better service to its schools to support Internet and network communications districtwide, according to information from the schools. Technology such as SmartBoards, Internet applications and online testing caused significant growth in the bandwidth needed to run those programs.

  • A month of fire and ice

    On sub-zero days and nights this month when many of us were huddled inside next to the fireplace, the Galax Volunteer Fire Department was out in the cold dealing with flames that were anything but cozy.
    With temperatures in the teens and wind chill well below zero, firefighters have answered several major calls to house fires.

  • Toys for Tots box stolen

    INDEPENDENCE — Two suspects have been charged in connection with the alleged theft of the Toys For Tots donation box from Dollar General on Nov. 17.
    Independence Police Cpl. Matthew Adams said he received a tip that the suspect police were looking for in the case was in town last Wednesday night.
    Adams, along with Grayson County deputies and Sgt. Gary Hash, were searching the area when the suspect was located in a yard at 403 West Main Street.
    Christopher Michael Cardona, 27, of Elkin, N.C., was arrested and charged with grand larceny.

  • Burcham, Nixon marry

    Penny LaRhonda Burcham and Gregory Todd Nixon exchanged wedding vows Oct. 1, 2010 at 7 p.m., in a candlelight ceremony in the Chapel at the Park in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
    The Rev. Guy Jacob officiated.

    Burcham is the daughter of Peggy Wright Burcham and the late Swanson “Cotton” Burcham. She is the granddaughter of the late Mrs. Iva C. Wright and the late Mr. and Mrs. Howard Burcham.

  • She's one

    Lauren Kelly Shumate turned one Sept. 3. She celebrated with a monkey party at home with family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Jerry and Mindy Shumate. Her grandparents are L.D. and Nancy Galyean. She has an older sister, Paige Shumate.

  • 42 new jobs coming to Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — A new modular cabins and cottages manufacturer in Independence will create 42 new jobs.
    Independence Homes, LLC, will invest $1 million to begin manufacturing operations at its new facility in Independence, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, along with the Grayson County Industrial Development Authority, the Independence Industrial Development Authority and the Blue Ridge Crossroads Small Business Development Center, announced Monday afternoon.
    The project involves the construction of park-model homes and modular cabins and cottages.

  • George, Mollett named to all-region football teams

     Deion George of Galax and Jacob Mollett of Carroll County were named first-team all-region while Carroll, Galax and Grayson County filled a total of six second-team positions on the all-Region C and all-Region IV football teams.

    George, a 6-foot-2 junior wide receiver, caught 45 passes for 953 yards and 12 touchdowns as Galax finished a 9-4 season as the Region C Division 1 runner-up. George had at least two catches in all 13 games and had three 100-yard outings.

  • Devils seek competitive edge

     INDEPENDENCE ––Nobody wants to win any more than the players on Grayson County’s girls’ basketball team. Nobody wants to see them win any more than their coach, Tiny Funk.

    It’s a process that has to be taken a step at a time.

    “We’re learning every day,” said Funk. “Even though we’ve got a lot of juniors, it’s a very inexperienced group. We’re just trying to get to a point to where we’re competitive on a consistent basis.”

  • New scheme greets ‘10 Tide

     Galax gave up its athletic director for a year. In return, the Maroon Tide got a girls’ basketball coach for the long haul.