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Today's News

  • New cell tower approved for Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — A public hearing was held at the Feb. 9 Grayson County Board of Supervisors meeting on a special use permit request for the erection of a U.S. Cellular telephone tower.
    Charles Felts asked for the tower to be placed on his 116 acres in western Grayson County.
    Charles Parsons was the only person to speak at the hearing. He asked if the location of the tower was still the same as he had seen, and was told there has been no change.
    Parsons said the western end of the county was in desperate need of a cell phone tower.

  • Turns three

    Riley Preston Mays celebrated his third birthday Feb. 8 with a “Sponge Bob” party attended by family and friends.

    His parents are Scott and Priscilla Mays of Galax. Maternal grandparents are Janie and Donnie Turner and Gordon Bowman. Paternal grandparents are Bob and Wanda Mays of Galax.

  • Public record for 2/29/12 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Nov. 29-Dec. 13 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Harmon tabbed new Maroon Tide volleyball coach

     Longtime assistant and junior varsity coach Onnie Harmon has been announced as the new varsity volleyball coach at Galax, replacing Rose Houk, who retired this fall after 31 seasons.

    Harmon, 57, has been with the Maroon Tide program since 1988, serving as a varsity assistant until after the 2002 season. Taking a one-year respite in 2003, Harmon said he missed coaching too much and returned to the Galax program in 2004 as the head JV coach, where he has remained until his elevation last week to the varsity post.

  • Tide ‘O’ goes silent in finals

    ELLISTON –– During their careers, the seniors on the Galax girls’ basketball team have played around 100 varsity games. Saturday’s region championship was a one-in-a-hundred kind of day.

    Beset by the mother of all cold spells, Galax hit just two field goals after the midpoint of the second quarter and fell to Covington 39-23 in the Region C Division 1 title game at Eastern Montgomery High School.

  • Region repeat for Galax

    ELLISTON –– Basketball players at Parry McCluer High School are well-taught the fundamentals of the game by longtime coach Nelson Fox. The Fighting Blues will hit their free throws, they don’t often turn the ball over and they are normally adept at the lost art of the midrange jumper.

    But as many a football coach has lamented the fact that you can’t coach speed, not even Fox can coach size.

  • Readers' Hotline 2/29/12

    Leave it alone
    This is regarding Clover Street and the smoking [near the hospital]. Whoever it is that called that in, it’s wintertime. What in the world is he doing outside? Can you smell the smoke? You need to leave that traffic alone because they are probably just going home.

    Righteously outraged

  • Don't trash the fee, citizens tell board

    INDEPENDENCE — As the Grayson County Board of Supervisors continues to ponder the fate of an widely criticized trash collection fee, two citizens voiced some support at a Feb. 9 meeting.
    Dennis Hines of Fries told the supervisors to  "make sure you have all the facts before you make a decision concerning the trash fee."
    He said cutting out the trash fee wouldn't help the citizens if the county increased the real estate levy to make up the lost revenue.

  • Wildwood road project shortened

     

  • Juvenile charged with arson

    After further investigation of a fire that damaged a house on Haystack Road in the Baywood community, a 15-year-old juvenile has been charged with arson.
    Police said Jacob Smith, 15, was held as a “person of interest” after the Feb. 16 fire at the home where he lived with his parents, Ben and Marissa Smith.
    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan did not release the name of the juvenile, or indicate if Smith is the 15-year-old charged.