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Today's News

  • Grayson rejects middle school sports proposal

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board has rejected a proposal that would have allowed 6th graders to participate in middle school athletics.

    The proposal was brought up at the June meeting to give board members the opportunity to discuss it at the July 10 meeting.

    The first question board member Fred Weatherman asked was, “why?”

  • Car catches fire at Galax body shop

    A vehicle fire at Fenders Body Shop on Monday left no injuries, according to Galax Volunteer Fire Captain Mike Ayers.

    At 4:04 p.m. on July 17, the fire department was dispatched to the body shop for a reported “structure fire with flames showing.” Firefighters arrived to find a vehicle on fire in front of the business.

    A hose was quickly pulled by part of the Engine 1 crew, while the other half of the crew checked the structure for the extension of the fire.

  • Cool sounds, hot BBQ at Smoke on the Mountain

    Staff Report

    In addition to flavorful food, the 13th Annual Smoke on the Mountain Virginia State BBQ Championship this weekend will offer a taste of great music.

    The event will be held July 21-22 in downtown Galax, hosted by the City of Galax and the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

    Headliners this year include returning favorites The Tams playing Motown and classic rock on Friday night from 8:30 p.m. and into the night; and the Tangent Band, playing “all-era” rock and roll from 8 p.m.-midnight on Saturday.

  • Ayers, Riffey exchange vows

    Nick Riffey and Jessica Ayers were married June 6, 2017, at Myrtle Beach, S.C.
    Riffey is the son of Robert Riffey of Hillsville and Pam Nale of Galax. His grandparents are Jeanne and Buford Edwards and the late Elbert Riffey and the late Lora Jean Schuyler and the late Billy Schuyler.
    Ayers is the daughter of Daniel and Shirley Hiatt of Cana.
    The couple resides in Cana.

  • Public record for 7/19/17 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in March in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • New rescue helping animals find homes

    It was a typical weekday afternoon when the Angels of Assisi rescue van pulled around the curve on Fair Street in Galax, at the regional animal shelter; sending many of the four-legged patrons inside into barking fits as the engine cut off and the door opened.

    For shelter dogs, this sound usually means that at least one animal might be about to meet its forever family and get a second chance; but little did they know, second chances on this particular day would be ten-fold.

  • Youth baseball rule questions cause tournament turmoil

    HILLSVILLE — A parent and coach from a Wythe County baseball team have expressed concerns over how their team was treated by Carroll County parks and recreation officials at a tournament held in Carroll.

    Damon Alley, a parent, and Jacob Porter, assistant coach, spoke to Carroll County Board of Supervisors members at their July 10 meeting, on behalf of a baseball team from Max Meadows.

    The team advanced to and won a semi-final game for the Southwest Virginia Youth Baseball League, which includes the counties of Wythe, Carroll, Grayson and Floyd.

  • Donation goes up in smoke

    Denise Hood of Galax suffered perhaps the most unusual bout of car trouble the city has ever seen.

    Her new car — a donation from a kind friend and generous strangers — went up in flames last week. What wasn’t destroyed was Hood’s faith in the community, after people pitched in again to help buy a second car for the woman in need.

    According to her friend, Kisha Johnson of God’s Storehouse and Soup Kitchen, “Denise is the most grateful person I have ever met.”

  • Town's historic bell could find new home

    FRIES — Fries Town Council discussed the topic of potentially relocating the Fries bell during its monthly meeting on July 11.

    Ideas include putting the bell near the planned Fries Depot site, or by the Whistle Stop Ice Cream Shop by the New River.

    The large metal bell was taken down when the old Washington Mills cotton mill was demolished.

  • Readers Hotline 7/17/17

    No answer
    It’s amazing that when a controversial decision is made in Grayson County like firing a coach, you can’t get the superintendent or the school board members’ phones to work. You call and you call and you can’t get an answer. Someone needs to call the phone company and fix the phones up there in Independence.

    Not fair