Today's News

  • He's four

    Joseph Coltin Mays celebrated his fourth birthday May 19. He is the son of Larry Mays of Galax and Dawn Newman of Woodlawn.

    His grandparents are Bobby and Wanda Mays of Galax and Dylas and Faye Newman. His sisters are Holly and Jessica and brothers are Jarrid, Jackson and Jameson.

  • Public record for 7/11/12 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, call 236-5178, ext. 213.


    These divorces were recorded in March in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Christie Moore Carr vs. James Dean Carr II.
    Diana Stamper Funk vs. Clarence Lloyd Funk.

  • Hillsville leaders' first day was a stormy one

    HILLSVILLE — The town’s new mayor, new council member, interim town manager and acting police chief all had a stormy beginning to their tenures on July 1.
    Their first official day in office was the same day a storm ripped through Hillsville, knocking over trees and power lines and leaving thousands in the town and Carroll County without electricity.
    They weathered the storm, but town officials agreed Monday that things would go smoother with a more detailed emergency management plan.

  • Training center fight isn't over

    HILLSVILLE  — A local parent still hopes that there’s room for a compromise in the planned closures of training centers for the intellectually and developmentally disabled.
    Parent advocate Wanda Robinson pointed out that the final ruling in a settlement agreement between Virginia and the Department of Justice in federal court has not reached its conclusion yet.

  • Cruisin' & Groovin' returns Friday — w/ video


  • Trackers train to find the lost

    HILLSVILLE — A trainer with Project Lifesaver came to the Twin Counties to help Carroll and Grayson searchers stay sharp. By the end of the session, he had no concerns on that front.
    The program keeps tabs electronically on those with conditions like Alzheimer’s and autism that make them prone to wandering away from home.
    Paul Ballance, who serves with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office, noted that Project Lifesaver has carried out 2,535 searches since its inception in 1999-2000 — every one of those searches with positive results.

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  • Grayson trashes penalty

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County citizens will no longer face a criminal charge for non-payment of their trash collection fee, after supervisors made additional changes to the county’s subdivision ordinance.
    Supervisor Mike Maynard said after talking with the county’s attorney, following the public hearing last month, that there were some additional language changes the board should consider.
    During the public hearing, citizens spoke out about the fact that, if they violated the ordinance, they could potentially be charged with a misdemeanor.

  • New charge in deputy shooting


    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County deputy sheriff returned home June 2 from Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., after being treated for a gunshot wound.
    That same day, the suspects in his shooting were in court, where one of them received a new charge for attempted capital murder.
    Deputy Douglas Waller received a wound to his lower abdomen while responding to a domestic dispute call June 26 at a residence at 3016 Skyline Highway (Virginia 89), about six miles south of Galax.

  • After The Storm: Preparing for next time

    Last week, the area experienced storms with high winds that caused a lot of damage and left thousands without electricity. Summer is just getting started, so it’s likely that we’ll see more severe weather in the coming months.
    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark is sharing some advice from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management about planning for the next storm.
    “The National Weather Service estimates that winds have to blow between 50 and 70 mph to cause the damage we experienced,” Clark said.