Today's News

  • Hall enters treasurer race in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Raymond L. “Pete” Hall Jr. of Independence has announced his candidacy for treasurer of Grayson County.
    There are several contenders for the office that will be left vacant by Junior Young, who will not seek re-election as treasurer. Hall will run as an independent against Republican Paula Carrico, fellow independents George R. “Dicky” Whitaker and Stephanie Brewer and Democrat Kelly Haga, who was chosen at a caucus meeting on Tuesday.

  • Galax Fiddlers' Convention 2013 Slideshow


    Check out an ever-growing gallery of photos from the 2013 Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention by clicking this LINK.

    More photos will be added later this week and over the weekend.


  • Taylor, MacInnis to marry

    Ronnie and Karen Taylor of Fries announce the engagement of their daughter, April Nicole Taylor, to Ian David MacInnis, son of Brian and Kim MacInnis of Christiansburg.

    Taylor is a graduate of Radford University and is employed by Brown, Edwards & Co. CPAs.
    MacInnis is a graduate of Radford University and is employed at the NRV Regional Jail.
    A December wedding is planned.  

  • McGradys celebrate wedding anniversary

    Vesta and Herbert McGrady celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary July 6 with family and friends at a luncheon hosted by their children at the HaleW-ilkinson‑Carter Home.

    Vesta McGrady is a retired licensed practical nurse. Herbert McGrady is a retired long‑haul truck driver.
    They attend Round Knob Baptist Church.
    They have two daughters, Carolyn Frost and Gail McGrady; three granddaughters, Brooks Edwards, Bobbie Jo Watson and Christy Wheatley; and four greatgrandchildren, Peyton, Emily and Clay Edwards and Luke Watson.

  • Smiths celebrate 50th anniversary

    Kyle (Snake) and Phyllis Robinson Smith celebrated their 50th anniversary July 5.

    They have one son, Kyle Dean, and fiancée, Mandy Johnson.

  • Waddells celebrate 60th anniversary

    Everett and Betty Jo Waddell of King, N.C., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary June 29 with a dinner at Cody Creek Restaurant in Dobson, N.C.

    The couple’s son and his wife are Sam and Vonna Waddell of Winston-Salem, N.C.
    Their grandson and his wife are Matthew and Jen Waddell and their granddaughters are Emily and Bethany Waddell. Their great-grandson is Caden Waddell and their step great-grandsons are Jackson and Charlie Laucher.
    Everett Waddell retired from Krispy Kreme and Betty Jo is a homemaker.

  • She's two

    Cassidy “Cassie” Lynne Marshall turned age 2 on July 23. Her birthday was celebrated with a cookout at the river. She is the daughter of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall.

    She is the little sister of Isabella Marshall. Grandparents are Randy and Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. Her great-grandparents are M.C. and Irene Bell, the Late Verna Liddle , O’Neal and O’Needa Terry, and the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • Public record for 8/7/13 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.

    Land Transfers

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

  • Readers' Hotline 8/7/13

    Doesn’t get it
    I’m a strong Democrat but President Obama is getting about as bad as the second George Bush. Like stopping that pipeline, which would put people to work. That would employ about 2,000 people.
    Edited: The company behind the Keystone XL Pipeline says it is the largest infrastructure project currently proposed in the U.S. It says construction of the 1,179-mile pipeline would require 9,000 skilled American workers.

    About the nurses

  • Two Galax men charged with stealing car in N.C.

    Two local suspects were charged in connection with a stolen car incident in Surry County, N.C. Grayson County Chief Deputy David Ashby said Deputy Kevin Watson checked a parked car on Grinders Mill Road about 6:30 p.m. on July 28. The license number was discovered to be issued to a Ford Focus reported stolen in Surry County.