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Today's News

  • Public record for 11/19/08 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 Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Aug. 3-Sept. 17 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • 'Nutcracker' features talented young dancers

    The three lead dancers in the upcoming fairy tale production “The Nutcracker” may all still be in high school, but their talent as experienced dancers would make the audience think otherwise.

    Performances of “The Nutcracker” by the Conservatory of Dance & Theatre will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Galax High School.

    To Taylor Edwards, Tino Sauter and Beth Galyean, “The Nutcracker” is more than just a dance recital. It is part of their way of life.

  • A local 'bailout' plan

    We've heard a lot lately about corporations and financial institutions seeking federal government handouts to keep from going bankrupt. It's a plan that leaves a bad taste, but here's something more appetizing to consider.

    Corporate giants aren't the only ones in need of a "bailout." There are dozens of smaller local companies and businesses struggling in this economy, and they don't have a government plan to back them up.

    All they have is us.

  • Letter to the Editor for 12/1/08

    Humane Society appreciates help

    Twin County Humane Society would like to express its gratitude to The Hardware Company and everyone that helped make its first Pancake Breakfast for Man’s Best Friends a huge success.

    It is because of caring animal lovers that we are able to continue to provide assistance to pet lovers in the Carroll, Grayson and Galax areas.

    The money raised will help to fund spay/neuter assistance, school and community education programs and adoption services.

  • Vaughan-Bassett to close Elkin plant

    ELKIN, N.C. — Vaughanee'Bassett Furniture Company announced Monday that it will "mothball" its Elkin plant in 60 days, which will lead to the loss of approximately 400 jobs.

    The Galax, Va.-based company emphasized, however, that it has no plans to sell either its plant or its equipment.

  • Dogs to be returned to Winesett

    HILLSVILLE — Because state authorities failed to get a court date within the required time for a matter involving 63 dogs seized from a Carroll County man, possession of the dogs will return to the owner.

  • Galax rips Holston in opener

    DAMASCUS –– Galax opened its girls’ basketball season with a bang, bolting to a 19-point halftime lead and crushing Holston 71-32 in a nondistrict game Monday night.

    All 11 players scored for the Maroon Tide, which had assists on 27 of its 32 field goals and committed only 12 turnovers.

    Jamie Webb had six points in the second quarter as Galax took a 33-14 halftime lead. Allison White added six points in the third quarter and Bailey Shumate poured in 11 fourth-quarter points to lead all scorers with 15. Shumate also had six assists and four steals.

  • Tide hits ground running

    HILLSVILLE –– Included among the many thoughts racing through the head of Galax coach Verl Brown before the Maroon Tide’s season opener Wednesday night were his belief that his team would be only as good as its senior leadership. Another was the concern over how well his new kids would handle playing their first varsity game on the home floor of one of the Tide’s most heated rivals.

    The seniors more than did their share. As for dealing with the supercharged atmosphere, that lasted all of six minutes and 20 seconds.

  • Grayson boys begin to rebuild

    INDEPENDENCE –– With four returning starters, including the team’s top two scorers, its top two rebounders and its top assist man, Grayson County’s 3-18 record last year will hopefully be what it is now – in the past.

  • Grayson girls starting anew

    INDEPENDENCE –– It’s too bad that game jerseys worn by the Grayson County girls’ basketball team do not have players’ names sewn onto the backs. It may take a game or two to get to know these ladies.

    A gaggle of seniors, seven of them in fact, and most of them three-year regulars, are gone from the first and only regular season champion in Grayson County’s 19-year history. Suffice it to say there is a hole or two to be filled.