Today's News

  • VanEngen, Helmick to marry

    Ches R. Helmick of Galax and Meagan VanEngen announce their engagement.
    They will be married in 2016 in Lynchburg.
    Helmick is with Edward Jones Investments.

    VanEngen is a doctoral student at Virginia Tech.
    They attended Liberty University.
    The couple said that any gifts can be made in their name to the Twin County Humane Society or Backpack Buddies.

  • Bunn turns 95

    Bobby Bunn took his mother, Annabelle, who had just turned 95, for a ride on his motorcycle recently. She is in good health, takes no medication and has lived a busy life.

  • Public record for 11/11/15 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 in February in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Readers Hotline 11/11/15

    Actions speak louder

  • Comcast will cap data plans at 300GB/month

    Cable giant Comcast has announced that starting Dec. 1, there will be a 300 GB (gigabyte) per month cap on its data plans, but customers who run over the plan can be charged for additional blocks of 50 GB of data at $10 each.

    This will apply to Galax area customers, according to Comcast.

    According to Alex Horwitz, vice president of public relations, there’s another option for data, for what Comcast terms the “Big South Region” (Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee and Southwest Virginia).

  • Wilmore brings experience to school chief job

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board ended the months-long search for a new schools superintendent Monday when it announced that Kelly Wilmore was appointed to the position by a unanimous vote.

    Wilmore, who currently serves as the superintendent for Craig County Public Schools, will begin working in Grayson County on Dec. 1, with an annual salary of $111,000.

  • Galax veteran served in WWII's critical battle

    HILLSVILLE – Saturday’s Veterans Day parade in Hillsville will have a special guest as grand marshal — Carl Anderson, 93, of Galax, is one of only four living veterans from D-Day, the turning point of World War II.

    Anderson was drafted and spent three years in the service from 1942-1945. He saw action in several locations including Normandy, the Rhineland, Central Europe and Northern France.

    Entering the War

  • WWII vet Roy Alderman recalls serving in Pacific

    “My dad never, ever talked about it,” said Louise Bartlett, born in the Twin Counties but residing now in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, daughter of World War II U.S. Navy veteran Roy Alderman. “He was very gentle and easygoing, despite having gone through all that.”

  • GNB, Bank of Floyd to merge

    Staff Report

    The parent companies of Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd will combine.

    Cardinal Bankshares Corp., parent company of Bank of Floyd, and Grayson Bankshares, Inc., parent company of Grayson National Bank, announced the agreement Sunday.

    The two community banks have more than 200 years of combined history.

    A news release said the two recognize a unique opportunity to joining together to serve the community.

  • Sheetz still on track in Galax

    Despite another round of delays, Sheetz is still coming to Galax, according to City Manager Keith Barker.
    The initial delay this summer, said Barker, was due to corporate overhaul of its sign and awning designs.
    “When I talked to Sam Smith, who handles the site planning and permits [for Sheetz],” said Barker, “he said because of the redesign, they had to go back through their engineering department.”