Today's News

  • Public record for 9/23/15 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in January in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Hospital plans $4.4M interior renovation

    Staff Report

    Twin County Regional Hospital, an affiliate of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, has announced a $4.4 million interior renovation plan to modernize the facility and improve patients’ stays.

    Planned changes include fresh paint and new flooring to the main entry areas, major corridors and patient rooms, as well as updated furnishings. Space in patient rooms will have, according to a report released Monday by TCRH, “better utilization of space and enhanced lighting, as well as modern décor.”

  • Driver killed in Grayson head-on crash

    Staff Report

    Virginia State Police are investigating a vehicle fatality that took place last Friday in Grayson County.

    According to a police report, the crash occurred Sept. 18 at 3:40 p.m. on U.S. 58, less than a mile east of Old Bridle Creek Road.

    According to the report, a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu was traveling east on 58 when it ran off the right side of the road. The driver overcorrected, causing the car to cross back onto the road and strike head-on a westbound 1998 Ford F-150 pickup truck.

  • GCHS homecoming to feature parade


    INDEPENDENCE – Something new has been added to this year’s homecoming celebration at Grayson County High School – a victory parade and community pep rally.

    The Blue Devils will take on the Floyd County Buffaloes on Friday at 7 p.m. A homecoming queen will be crowned at halftime.

    The parade and pep rally will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The parade theme is: “We are loud, We are proud, We are Grayson County.”

  • Police urge citizens to clean out medicine cabinets

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Police Department will join the nation’s prescription drug take back initiative on Saturday, by encouraging their community to turn in unused or expired medication for safe disposal.

    This year marks the 10th annual National Drug Take Back Initiative, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

    The event will take place Sept. 26 in every state but Pennsylvania and Delaware, where the event took place Sept. 12.

  • Lord's Acre Sale set for Sept. 26

    The annual Lord’s Acre Harvest Sale features home-baked pies and cakes, home-canned goods, fresh-cooked foods, handmade crafts and bushels of fall produce for sale at Felts Park in Galax.

    The event supports local churches, and is sponsored each year by the Carroll-Grayson United Workers for Christ Association.

    This year’s sale is on Saturday. The day begins with a worship service at 9:30 a.m., followed by the sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Grayson board considers EMS ordinance

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors heard a request from Galax-Grayson EMS Chief Ron Passmore at the Sept. 10 meeting.

    Passmore presented an ordinance pertaining to EMS agencies for the board’s consideration.

    Passmore explained to the board that the ordinance, if put into effect, would officially designate how EMS services are provided in Grayson County.

  • Training center gets support from Galax, Grayson


    Galax City Council and the Grayson County Board of Supervisors have vowed to join the fight to keep the Southwestern Virginia Training Center open, after hearing from representatives of a parents’ group last week.

    The Parent Advocacy and Advisory Council (PAAC) seeks to get governmental assistance in keeping the training center in Carroll County open and functioning. The mental health facility is set to close in 2018 unless the state government intervenes.

  • JoyFest quilt sells for $15,000

    Staff Reports

    “Sold! $15,100!” That was the climatic shout of the auctioneer at the Joy Ranch quilt auction on Sept. 12.

  • A Nightmare on Mill Street

    HILLSVILLE – “Will you hand me that head?” “Am I bloody enough?” “Can you paint the back of my ear?”

    No, these aren’t questions heard on the set of a new Hollywood horror film. These questions, and even stranger ones, will be common conversation for those involved in the Night Watch Haunt in Hillsville.