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Today's News

  • Toys for Tots box stolen

    INDEPENDENCE — Two suspects have been charged in connection with the alleged theft of the Toys For Tots donation box from Dollar General on Nov. 17.
    Independence Police Cpl. Matthew Adams said he received a tip that the suspect police were looking for in the case was in town last Wednesday night.
    Adams, along with Grayson County deputies and Sgt. Gary Hash, were searching the area when the suspect was located in a yard at 403 West Main Street.
    Christopher Michael Cardona, 27, of Elkin, N.C., was arrested and charged with grand larceny.

  • Burcham, Nixon marry

    Penny LaRhonda Burcham and Gregory Todd Nixon exchanged wedding vows Oct. 1, 2010 at 7 p.m., in a candlelight ceremony in the Chapel at the Park in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
    The Rev. Guy Jacob officiated.

    Burcham is the daughter of Peggy Wright Burcham and the late Swanson “Cotton” Burcham. She is the granddaughter of the late Mrs. Iva C. Wright and the late Mr. and Mrs. Howard Burcham.

  • She's one

    Lauren Kelly Shumate turned one Sept. 3. She celebrated with a monkey party at home with family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Jerry and Mindy Shumate. Her grandparents are L.D. and Nancy Galyean. She has an older sister, Paige Shumate.

  • 42 new jobs coming to Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — A new modular cabins and cottages manufacturer in Independence will create 42 new jobs.
    Independence Homes, LLC, will invest $1 million to begin manufacturing operations at its new facility in Independence, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, along with the Grayson County Industrial Development Authority, the Independence Industrial Development Authority and the Blue Ridge Crossroads Small Business Development Center, announced Monday afternoon.
    The project involves the construction of park-model homes and modular cabins and cottages.

  • George, Mollett named to all-region football teams

     Deion George of Galax and Jacob Mollett of Carroll County were named first-team all-region while Carroll, Galax and Grayson County filled a total of six second-team positions on the all-Region C and all-Region IV football teams.

    George, a 6-foot-2 junior wide receiver, caught 45 passes for 953 yards and 12 touchdowns as Galax finished a 9-4 season as the Region C Division 1 runner-up. George had at least two catches in all 13 games and had three 100-yard outings.

  • Devils seek competitive edge

     INDEPENDENCE ––Nobody wants to win any more than the players on Grayson County’s girls’ basketball team. Nobody wants to see them win any more than their coach, Tiny Funk.

    It’s a process that has to be taken a step at a time.

    “We’re learning every day,” said Funk. “Even though we’ve got a lot of juniors, it’s a very inexperienced group. We’re just trying to get to a point to where we’re competitive on a consistent basis.”

  • New scheme greets ‘10 Tide

     Galax gave up its athletic director for a year. In return, the Maroon Tide got a girls’ basketball coach for the long haul.

  • Graham chills Maroon Tide

     Given the arctic nip that has had Southwest Virginia in its grasp recently, it’s understandable that the shooting was a little on the chilly side in the early going. Graham must have gone heavy on the hot chocolate at halftime.

    After a first half in which Galax at Graham combined to shoot below 15 percent from the floor, the G-Girls took control by opening the second half on a 10-3 run and went on to defeat Galax 36-26 in a nondistrict girls’ game Wednesday night.

  • Strong finish lifts Bobcats over Cavs

     RADFORD –– Carroll County shrugged off a miserable second quarter to take a 37-35 lead into the fourth quarter, but Radford rolled down the stretch to knock off the Cavaliers 53-46 in a nondistrict girls’ game Wednesday.

    Maryah Sydnor scored 14 of her 27 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Bobcats (3-1), who outscored Carroll County 19-8 in the fourth.

    The Cavaliers led by seven points before being outscored 17-3 in the second period, but came back to life in the third to take the lead.

  • Man pleads guilty to stealing from elderly patient

    ABINGDON — A former companion care provider from Galax, hired to work with a social worker for the Grayson County Department of Social Services, pleaded guilty on Dec. 16 to federal fraud charges stemming from misuse of a debit card and theft from a bank account belonging to a patient the defendant was hired to care for.