Today's News

  • Severe weather headed for Twin Counties

    2:05 p.m. — Galax and Grayson County are under a severe thunderstorm watch. A large storm cell is heading into the Twin Counties from the northwest.

    See the NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE site for maps and information.

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  • Grayson continues to build reserve

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County continues to build towards its working capital reserve after closing out the current budget year with more than $1 million in its rainy day fund.
    Count Administrator Jonathan Sweet asked the board to consider four motions during the final meeting of the fiscal year to close out the current budget.
    The first action item was to make end-of-year budget appropriations and transfers.

  • New state laws in effect

    New state laws governing abortion, handgun purchases and drunken driving take effect July 1 — the products of an active and often controversial General Assembly session that saw Republicans flex their legislative muscle in Richmond.
    No proposed law stirred as much controversy as the one that will require women to submit to a mandatory ultrasound procedure before having an abortion. The issue triggered protests at the state Capitol and drew national media attention.

  • Town wins grant for market, sidewalks


  • Andy Griffith dies at age 86

    “The Andy Griffith Show” had characters that were beloved all over the world, but here in Southwest Virginia, and especially in Galax — just down the road from the real “Mayberry” — they felt like family.
    Griffith’s kindly sheriff character of “Andy Taylor” was a role model of simple country wisdom, humor and compassion, and a father figure to many who tuned in to the show, which ran from 1960 to 1968.
    Griffith died Tuesday at his home in Manteo, N.C., at age 86.

  • Eversole, Jackson to marry

    Mr. and Mrs. Richard Eversole of Fort Chiswell announced the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Kaitlin, to Derrick Daniel Jackson, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.D. Jackson, of Fries.

    Eversole is a graduate of Roanoke College and is pursuing a master’s degree through Liberty University.
    She is the granddaughter of James and Norma Workman of Austinville and William and Earline Eversole of Fort Chiswell. She is the great-granddaughter of Willie Absher of Fort Chiswell.

  • Kirbys celebrate anniversary

    Wanda (Boyles) and Fred Kirby of Fries will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary today, June 29.
    They were married June 29, 1957, at Fries Pentecostal Holiness Church, the church they still attend. The late Rev. Charles Manuel, Sr., was officiating minister.
    They have two sons, Barry Kirby of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Tim Kirby of Fries.

  • Public record for 7/4/12 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 Feb. 10-29 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Thousands powerless after weekend storms

    UPDATED 7/3/12: Appalachian Power Co. crews and contractors worked hard to restore power to Twin County customers on Tuesday, but some homes were expected to be without power until Friday.
    APCo’s president, Charles Patton, said the long waits for power restoration can be attributed to the size of the storm and the availability of help from contractors.
    Charles Patton toured the company’s Virginia and West Virginia coverage areas on Monday.