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Today's News

  • Montgomery to serve 3 years

    ROANOKE — A Galax man indicted on two illegal drug charges last November received a three-year federal prison term in sentencing proceedings Monday.
    Timothy Matthew Montgomery was originally charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute.
    In March, he entered a guilty plea to the conspiracy charge, which carried with it a maximum penalty of a $2 million fine and 40 years in prison, according to the plea agreement.

  • Tuggle headed to Chile on mission trip

    An Elk Creek man will travel to Chile for about two weeks as part of a Gideon International Mission Trip.
    Ralph Tuggle — who will celebrate his 73rd birthday mid-flight during a trip that begins today, Friday — is one of 23 Gideons from the U.S., Australia and Finland traveling to Chile. The volunteers will work alongside 75 to 100 Chilean Gideons to place Bibles and scriptures there in different venues.

  • 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.