Today's News

  • Howell, Spencer wed

    Crystal Danielle Howell and Jeremy Kenneth Spencer were united in marriage Oct. 1, 2011 at Young’s Chapel Baptist Church in Mouth of Wilson.
    Rev. Douglas Turnmire officiated.

    A reception followed at the “Halsey House” in Mouth of Wilson.
    Crystal is the daughter of Danny and Nancy Howell of Jefferson, N.C.
    Jeremy is the son of Kenneth “Pooch” and Peggy Spencer of Rugby.
    The couple reside in Jefferson, N.C.

  • Family plans summer weddings

    Nancy Dixon Hickam of Galax announces the engagement of her daughter, Phyllis Elizabeth “Liz” Hickam to Gregory James Milans.
    Milans is the son of Tom and Debby Milans of Rockville, Md.

    Hickam is the daughter of Jim Hickam Jr. of Charlotte, N.C.
    She is the granddaughter of the late Glenn and Pearl Dixon of Galax and the late Jim Jack and Elizabeth Hickam of Bristol, Tenn.

  • Public record for 5/2/12 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, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in February in the Carroll County General District Court Office. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Carroll-Tazewell game halted after benches clear


    TAZEWELL –– Carroll County was well on its way toward gaining ground in the tight Southwest District baseball race Tuesday night when an ugly incident forced the suspension of its game with Tazewell at Lou Peery Field.

    The Cavaliers were leading 3-0 in the top of the third inning when a play at the plate resulted in some shoving and pushing, a tackle or two and both benches clearing, resulting in a large scuffle between the plate and the backstop.

  • Grayson, Galax voters head to the polls

    Three new faces will join Fries Town Council, after voters voted to oust three incumbents in Tuesday’s municipal election, and an incumbent council member who did not file for re-election was returned to council anyway in Independence.
    Ten candidates were seeking seven at-large seats in Fries.

  • Hillsville picks Crowder as new mayor

    HILLSVILLE  — It looks like Hillsville voters wanted some change as two incumbents, including the mayor, fell to their challengers in the May 1 municipal elections.
    Mayor Bill Tate sought re-election to a third term, but faced a challenge from entrepreneur Greg Crowder.
    All challengers ran on a theme of change in town government.
    While standing in the sun outside the polls at the Grover King VFW Post 1115  for most of Election Day, both mayoral candidates maintained that the race remained neck and neck.

  • Readers' Hotline 5/2/12

    What else?
    I agree with the caller about town employees putting a roof on the water plant in Fries. What else do they do?

    Enough police cruisers
    Just curious. On April 23 about 6:30 p.m., we observed eight police vehicles parked behind Hillsville’s new office. Also, two other vehicles on the street — the chief’s car and a patrol car. Hillsville has almost as many vehicles as officers. Something to think about on May 1.

    Beyond the search warrant

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 21

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 21 people on a variety of charges last Friday.
    Christopher Douglas Cecil was indicted on one count of malicious wounding. He is accused of wounding John Terry Kelly. He was also indicted on a statutory burglary charge for allegedly entering Kelly’s home.
    Other indictments included:
    • Sherry Ponce – grand larceny.
    • Roger Lynn Boyer II – grand larceny.
    • Richard Dusty Hash – credit cart theft.

  • Grayson National optimistic about future


    INDEPENDENCE — While the economy makes it difficult for community banks to make money, financial conditions overall are improving, according to recent reports from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
    For the Twin Counties, this national trend is mirrored in the area’s only locally-owned financial institution, Grayson National Bank, and leaders plan to present those findings during an annual meeting May 8.

  • Sears moving from Galax to Carroll