Today's News

  • 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.

  • Cox sworn in as judge

    INDEPENDENCE — Surrounded by her family, friends, fellow judges and others, Monica Dawn Cox was sworn in June 22 as Juvenile and Domestic Relations judge for the 27th Judicial Circuit.
    Cox, the former commonwealth’s attorney for Grayson County, was a partner in The Grayson Law Firm P.C. and was appointed judge by the Virginia General Assembly last month.
    The courtroom at the Grayson County Courthouse was packed, with several people standing around the walls.

  • Wind farm plans still up in the air

    HILLSVILLE — As an alternative energy company considers locating a wind farm on Stoots Mountain, the Carroll supervisors appointed a committee to study the issue for the county.
    Supervisor Joshua Hendrick reported to fellow supervisors at a recent meeting that he had already been talking to the state secretary of natural resources about wind energy and related issues.
    From that, Hendrick learned about a model ordinance for utility-scale wind energy projects created by the Department of Environmental Quality.

  • Independence Day Celebrations