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Today's News

  • Getting ready for the real world

    Galax High School is helping to prepare juniors and seniors for all the challenges that come with going to college.

    Cathy Parks, the school system's reading specialist, told Galax School Board members at last Tuesday's meeting that she wanted to come up with a way to get students to think about the future.

    So, she and GHS Principal Bill Sutherland looked through past yearbooks and sought out alumni now attending college. They invited the GHS graduates to speak with high school students about their college experiences.

  • Grayson plans for the worst

    INDEPENDENCE — Facing more than $2 million in possible reductions to its budget, the Grayson County Public School System could be looking at double-digit position losses for the upcoming year.

    While hopes are to cut those positions through attrition and retirement, school administration has prepared a policy it would follow if it becomes necessary to lay off staff.

    The school system's Director of Personnel Chad Newman brought the “Reduction In Force” policy to the school board at its regular meeting Feb. 8.

  • Locals face federal drug charges

    HILLSVILLE — Four Galax residents and two Hillsville men face distribution of methamphetamine charges, according to an 11-count federal indictment.

    The Jan. 14 indictment lists those charged as Michael Samuel Sawyers, Antreyhue Dane Davis, Kenneth Joe Kennedy and Stephanie Nicole Bean Davis, all of Galax; and Benjamin Lee Hancock and Bobby Wayne Thompson Sr., both of HIllsville.

  • Mission of Mercy

    Dina Slusher, Barry Newman and Dwayne Harmon can't get the horrific images of Haiti out their heads, after going on mission trips to the country in 2009 and early this year.

    The places where they provided assistance and stayed during their weeks in Haiti have now been lost in the earthquake.

    Some of the children and families that they grew attached to died in the disaster.

    So many children that they've seen, touched and fed have died.

  • Guardian cuts 52 workers

    Guardian Industries of Galax, also known as Consolidated Glass & Mirror Corp. laid off 52 employees Tuesday.

    This reduction was directly related to the challenging economic conditions facing the country over the past three years, according to a press release issued today, Wednesday.

  • State wrestling update

     

     Updated at 12:01 a.m.

  • MED season comes to a close...finally

    INDEPENDENCE -- Two district tournaments were crammed into one day to make room for this? In the final games of the Mountainee^Empire District regular season Thursday, Grayson County whi

  • Maroonee^Tide breezes into semifinals

    Galax tuned up for its challenge against higher-seeded opposition in the Mountain Empire District varsity girls’ basketball tournament by cruising to a relatively easy 75-37 triumph over rival Grayson County Friday night.  A balanced attack for the Mar

  • Public record for 2/24/10 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 more information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in October in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Pothole predicament

    Winter portends a perilous number of driving pitfalls, but patchy pavement doesn't usually lead the pack of problems.

    But this winter has presented a particularly potent set of potholes for motorists to pass through.

    The proof in the pudding can be found in a long line of damaged vehicles forced to the shoulder of Interstate 77, near the 11 mile marker of the northbound lanes.

    There were reports of dozens of disabled vehicles needing repairs to wheels and tires as a result of dipping into large depressions, causing sudden deflations.