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Today's News

  • Joy Fest to feature balloons, Lookadoo

    HILLSVILLE — Things are looking up for Joy Ranch as the children's home approaches its 50th anniversary, says development coordinator Brent Carrick.
    Organizers have lots to celebrate at Joy Fest on Aug. 28, as the facility gets ready to kick off a commemoration of a half-century of operation.

  • Cavaliers hit the field

     HILLSVILLE –– During a conversation the day before Carroll County’s first scrimmage of the year, Cavalier coach Tom Hale expressed some real concerns about the inexperience of his offensive line.

    If Saturday’s go-round with Rural Retreat is any indication, progress is definitely being made.

    Carroll County moved the ball well on the ground, averaging a little less than seven yards per rushing attempt, as the two teams went at it for three hours on a cool, damp morning at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Family's objection stalls bridge work

    Construction of a bridge over the New River to replace the Carico Memorial Bridge is continuing, but a problem has arisen over moving electrical lines.
    Michelle Earl, public relations spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation, said Monday that, since the bridge will cross the river, an environmental permit is required before Appalachian Power Co. can move the power lines.

  • Crossroads celebrates first 5 years

    “We had nothing but an idea,” said Crossroads Institute Executive Director Dr. Oliver McBride, whose organization celebrated its fifth anniversary on Monday at the renovated Lowe’s facility in Galax. “But the response to that idea was just overwhelming.”

  • Felts Park stage dedicated (with VIDEO)

    State and local officials gathered in front of thousands at the Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention on Saturday night to celebrate the new addition of a permanent stage constructed in Felts Park in honor of the event's 75th anniversary.

  • Grayson to resume original tax schedule

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson residents will once again have their entire real estate taxes due in December.
    Supervisors unanimously approved a change to the county’s tax collection ordinance after much discussion during the budget season.
    Prior to the 2009-10 budget year, supervisors approved a change to twice-a-year taxation to help offset cash flow problems.

  • Public record for 8/18/10 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, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded May 19-June 22 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Cory Shane Smith, 20, Fries, and Elena Carol Brewer, 28, Galax.

  • Williams, Lewis exchange vows

    Rachel Leigh Williams and Johnathan Lee Lewis of Calabash, N.C., were united in marriage at 3 p.m. Dec. 29, 2009 in Amelia Island, Fla.

    Attending were Rachel’s parents, Doyle and Katherine Williams, and her grandmother, Laura Brannock, all of Calabash; and Johnathan’s mother, Sharon Lewis Hall of Ararat, N.C., and his brother and sister-in-law.
    The reception was held at The Verandas in Amelia Island. Another reception was held Jan. 16 in Galax for other family members and friends at Hillcrest Baptist Church social hall.

  • Burress, Hillenbrand united in marriage

    Erin Marie Burress and Karl David Hillenbrand were married June 26, 2010, at a 6 p.m. outdoor wedding in the Italian Garden of Maymont Park estate in Richmond.
    The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. Thomas Whartenby, pastor of Galax Presbyterian Church.

    The bride is the daughter of Chuck and Karen Burress of Galax. The groom is the son of U.S. Navy Commander (Retired) Rick and Libby Hillenbrand of Springfield.

  • Brother, sister have birthdays

    Samantha Autumn Rose celebrated her second birthday on June 24 and Ryder Cole Rose celebrated his fifth birthday July 3.