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Today's News

  • Investigation rules out foul play in baby's death

    Autopsy results have been received by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department for a month-old infant who died July 16.
    Chief Deputy Mike Hash said the cause of death was listed as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as “crib death.”
    The autopsy was performed at the state Medical Examiner’s office in Roanoke.

  • Galax defies tourism's downward trend

    U.S. tourists visiting Virginia spent $17.7 billion in 2009, a 7.9 percent drop from the prior year, according to state figures released last week.
    But the Galax reversed that trend, with the city seeing a 10.4 percent increase in traveller spending last year.
    Tourists spent more than $13 million in Galax last year, according to the Virginia Tourism Corp. That spending includes gas, food, lodging, shopping, entertainment, public transportation and admission to local events and attractions.

  • Public record for 12/8/10 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 Oct. 6-29 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Wilsons celebrate wedding anniversary

    J.R. and Jan Wilson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at West Galax United Methodist Church on McCamant Drive.
    They were married Dec. 26, 1960. They are natives of the Galax area.

    J.R. retired from the Galax Water Department, and Jan retired from Galax City Schools.
    The Wilsons have two sons and daughters-in-law: Shawn and Kendra Wilson, and Timmy and Sophia Wilson. Their four grandchildren are Matt, April, and Shanna Wilson; and Heather Jones.

  • Brown, Alley marry

    Rickina Shatuan Brown of Marion and Keith Derrick Alley of Galax were married Nov. 20, 2010 at Taylor’s Chapel Church in Fries.
    The bride-elect is the daughter of Sharon (Greg) Jones of Wytheville, and James “Ricky” and Evelyn Brown of Sparta, N.C. She is the granddaughter of the late Joe and Rita Brown and Verl Sr. and the late JoAnn Brown of Galax.

    She is a 1998 graduate of Marion Senior High School of Marion. She is a full-time mother of Aaliyah.
    The groom is the son of Ladonna and Wayne Alley of Galax.

  • Easters celebrate 50th anniversary

    Jack Easter and Norma Burcham Easter of Midlothian celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 26. They have two daughters, Kim Easter McGraw and Jill Easter Burke, and two grandchildren.

    Jack is retired after 51 years with Virginia’s Department of Transportation and Norma is retired after 25 years with the Chesterfield County School System. She is formerly of Galax, and a graduate of Woodlawn High School.

  • Fugitive sought in Carroll

    A 36-year-old Fries man whom U.S. Marshals searched for Friday and Saturday in western Carroll County remained at large on Monday.
    The U.S. District Court in Greensboro issued a warrant for Jonathan Reed Stiltner's arrest Dec. 1 after he failed to appear for sentencing before Judge William Osteen Jr., according to court records.
    Stiltner, described as being 5'9", 170 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes, eluded the marshals Friday and Saturday, said Tommy Slemp, supervisor for the U.S. Marshals Abingdon office.

  • Plan would protect farming

    CANA — Carroll County farmers can continue to farm their land, even if the proposed comprehensive plan shows them in the planned growth area, a Virginia Cooperative Extension agent told a gathering at the Cana Fire Department last Tuesday.

  • 300 turn out to protest taxes

    INDEPENDENCE — Nearly 300 Grayson County taxpayers braved torrential downpours and frigid temperatures to protest the county's 2010 tax increase during a citizens' meeting Nov. 30.
    While the meeting was supposed to be one where citizens voiced ideas and shared information about the county's real estate assessment and taxation process, a majority of those in attendance focused more on voicing their complaints.
    They believe the 2010 reassessments were inaccurate.

  • Lundy’s hot hand lifts Cavaliers in season opener

     HILLSVILLE –– Welcome to the varsity, Mr. Lundy.

    Freshman Conner Lundy knocked down seven 3-pointers in his first varsity game Wednesday, leading Carroll County to a 67-49 win over Patrick County in the season opener for both teams.

    Lundy finished with 21 points for the Cavaliers, who got a game-high 24 points from sophomore Ryan Gravley. Wes Smoot tossed in 11.