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Today's News

  • Parades, fireworks, music planned for July 4

    July 4 will be a busy day around the Twin Counties, with celebrations, parades and fireworks planned in Independence, Hillsville, Galax and Fries.

    Independence

    Oscar and Julia Valentine will serve as the grand marshals for this year’s Fourth of July parade in Independence.

  • Readers Hotline 6/29/16

    Shut it down
    I live in the Laurel area of Carroll County. Why do we not have one of the three paid ambulances with a paramedic on duty out in Laurel?  Please Carroll County, close Laurel [volunteer rescue squad] down like you did Dugspur and Hillsville and put a paid paramedic truck in our area.

    Boondoggles

  • Turns 100

    Opal Virginia McPeak Goad of Woodlawn celebrated her 100th birthday on June 2, 2016, with her family at a birthday lunch and then at a family dinner at her home on June 4.

    She is the wife of the late Ernest Goad. She has three children: Janice Vass, Joyce Cagle and Elmon Goad. She has five grandchildren: Aaron Vass, Stephen and Joel Cagle, Vanessa Bottomley and Gerald Goad; six great-grandchildren: Arianna Slate, Alyssa Vass, Owen and Emmett Cagle and Logan and Seth Bottomley; and one great-great-grandson, Samuel Slate.

  • She's three

    Ember Gillespie, daughter of Brock and Terri Gillespie, celebrated her third birthday on May 5.

    Her siblings are Brooklyn and Jackson Gillespie. Grandparents are Larry and Kathy Funk and Mark and Darlene Gillespie. She celebrated with a Play Doh party with all of her friends and family.

  • Twins turn three

    Sophie and Emma Bergeron turned 3 on May 17. They are the daughters of Boo and Penny Bergeron and the sisters of Dana and Landon.

    They celebrated with a Frozen party at their home. They are the granddaughters of Gary and Lisa Bergeron of Mississippi, Lisa Rattlinggourd of Pearisburg and Ronnie and Debbie Hoffman of Galax. They are the great-grand-daughters of Althea and the late Bert Bergeron of Mississippi, Vance and the late Helen Hoffman of Galax, and the late Carl and Anne Fisher of Pearisburg.

  • Public record for 6/29/16 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 October of 2015 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Split vote on budget with tax hike

    HILLSVILLE – In a 3-2 split vote on Monday night, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors approved and appropriated the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget for the county, which will raise real estate taxes by 2 cents to 68 cents

    The board scheduled this second June meeting with the purpose of approving and appropriating the budget and setting the tax rates and levy. The real estate tax was the only tax affected in the vote and other tax rates remained the same.

  • Trail rider dies after being thrown from mule

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    TROUTDALE – A 61-year-old Bristol woman was killed June 23 when she was thrown by a mule on national park property in western Grayson County.

    Lt. Todd Perkins of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department said Michelle Childress was riding the mule with some friends in a remote area, near Cabel and Wilson Creek trails.

    Perkins said something evidently spooked the mule, causing it to go down an embankment. Childress was thrown off the mule and hit her head in the accident that occurred about 11:20 a.m.

  • Police recover stolen truck, suspect in custody

    Staff Reports

    An Independence man is charged in connection with a burglary at Ramey Plumbing & Heating and the theft of a work truck.

    According to police reports, someone broke in to the business on South Main Street last week and stole a white 2003 Ford F-150 pickup, along with chainsaws.

    The Galax Police Department released photos of the suspect, taken from security cameras, and on June 22 received information from the Independence Police Department about the suspect’s identity.

  • Audit looks at consolidation of postal facilities

    Staff Report

    The U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General has begun a review of the consolidation of the Roanoke mail processing operations into the Greensboro processing and distribution center, which would affect the delivery of mail in the Twin Counties.