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Today's News

  • Turns one

    Conner Bryce Dalton turned one Sept. 25. He is the son of Myron and Aimee Dalton of Galax. He has a big sister, Abby, and a big brother, Lucas.

    His grandparents are Ray and Nancy Dalton and Herb and Mary VanVleek, all of Galax. He also has a very special aunt, Rhonda Payne of Galax.

  • She's three

    Bailey Mayson Newberry celebrated her third birthday July 1 with a My Little Pony Party at Dannelly Park. She is the daughter of Paul and Sherri Newberry of Galax.

    Her grandparents are Susan Johnson and he late Larry Billings, and Paul and Judy Newberry and the late Linda Weisman-Arnold. Her great-grandparents are Otis and Joann Griffith.

  • Cornett, Drawdy announce engagement

    Marley Cornett and Russell Drawdy have announced their engagement.
    She is the daughter of David and Teresa Cornett of Woodlawn, and  granddaughter of Donna Elliott of Murrells Inlet, S.C., and Bonnie Cornett of Galax.

    Cornett is a 2009 graduate of Radford University and is employed by Grayson County Public Schools.

  • Man charged in Hillsville CVS armed robbery

    HILLSVILLE — Nearly a year of detective work has led authorities to charge a Maryland man as the armed gunman in the Jan. 2 robbery of the Hillsville CVS pharmacy.
    William Melton Muma, Jr., 25, of Cockeysville, Md., was indicted Monday by a Carroll County grand jury on charges of armed robbery and use of a firearm in committing a felony.
    He is being held in Maryland after being convicted there of another robbery and the attempted murder of a police officer.

  • Fluoride fears unfounded

    I am writing in response to the Virginia-Carolina Water Authority meetings attended by a group of people opposed to water fluoridation.
    The most recent meetings were Nov. 15 in Independence and with the Alleghany County Board of Commissioners in Sparta, N.C.
    Several citizens with the newly formed group spoke against water fluoridation by the water authority.

  • Honoring a postal worker's courage

    A Galax postal employee who endured a hostage situation at the Wytheville Post Office while acting supervisor last December has been honored by the U.S. Postal Service for her courage under duress.
    Marjorie Austin Crockett was honored Nov. 30 at a special ceremony by postal officials as a result of her actions during a nine-hour hostage standoff last Dec. 23 that made national news.

  • Highway to heaven

    WOODLAWN — Stereo speakers of 18-wheelers rolling down the interstates reverberate with the evangelistic message of a 47-year-old Woodlawn woman.
    To reach out to strangers on the road, Wilma Foreman first speaks the words that the Lord gives to her into a cassette recorder.
    The audience presumably consists of commercial drivers, transporting goods mostly over the East Coast,  but it could be any motorists who find the sermons on CDs at truck stops, free for the taking.

  • Grayson: courts should decide Oracle's fate

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County leaders have decided to not revisit one of the most heated special use permit applications the county has seen in recent years.
    In a reversal of its previous action, the Grayson Board of Supervisors voted last Thursday not to re-hear the Oracle Institute’s application in July 2011.
    A couple of days after the board voted to give the non-profit, non-denominational group a second chance, Oracle Institute’s leader filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the county.

  • Businesses taking chance with law

    While Twin County authorities wait for clearer legislation from the General Assembly on Internet sweepstakes cafes, at least one prosecutor in Tidewater has moved ahead with legal action against business proprietors.
    Vague language from a previous Virginia General Assembly action inadvertently created a loophole for Internet sweepstakes businesses after they fled a crackdown in North Carolina, legislators and local officials agree.

  • Legal Or Not? Gaming machine laws are vague

    As local authorities deal with the sometimes vague laws involving Internet sweepstakes cafes, police in other Virginia localities have taken more definitive action.
    And in North Carolina, authorities are dealing with the often confusing repercussions of a state ban on certain types of gaming machines.
    Earlier this month, a special grand jury in Virginia Beach indicted the owners or operators of 10 Internet sweepstakes cafes on criminal charges of illegal gambling.