Today's News

  • Sheriff answers challenge


  • Public record for 2/16/11 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Oct. 30-Nov. 23 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • To be married

    Marion and Michael Goldwasser of Hillsville and Dever Bernstine of Winter Garden, Fla., and Martin Bernstine of Ocoee, Fla., announced the engagement of Ellen Margaret Goldwasser and Matthew Yale Bernstine.

    Goldwasser received her B.A. in Spanish with a minor in planning from the University of Virginia and is pursuing a master's in social work at Columbia University.
    Bernstine received his B.A. and M.A. from UVa. in city planning and  works for HOC in NYC.

  • Celebrate birthdays

    Kaylee Danielle Clontz turned three on Jan. 3. She is the daughter of Danielle Clontz of Wytheville.
    Krissy Rebecca Clontz turned four Dec. 29. She is the daughter of Eric Clontz of Fries.

    Both celebrated Jan. 16 with a Tinkerbell party at the Wytheville Community Center with family and friends.
    Their grandparents are Tim and Rebecca Clontz of Fries. Great-grandparents are Ileen and the late Boyd Trimble of Fries and the late James and Nancy Clontz of Galax.

  • Jackson turns 100

    Hazel Louise Jackson observed her 100th birthday anniversary on Feb. 6 in the main dining hall of Wheatland Assisted Living in Hillsville at 3 p.m.
    She was born Feb. 6, 1911 in Galax, and was the fourth of seven girls born to Joel and Addie Hawkins.
    She was graduated from Galax High School in 1929, the year of the Great Depression.

    Jackson’s father was a blacksmith and a mason who laid brick on many of the buildings built in the early 1900s in Galax.

  • High winds, dry air spread fire fast


  • Winds spread wildfires, sparked by power lines


  • District basketball tournament pairings

     Southwest District boys' basketball tournament



    First round

    #7 Marion at #2 Carroll County, 7 p.m.

    #6 Grundy at #3 Richlands

    #5 Tazewell at #4 Graham

    #1 Abingdon receives bye

    Thursday at Abingdon


    Carroll-Marion winner vs.  Grundy-Richlands winner, 6 p.m.

    Abingdon vs. Graham-Tazewell winner, 7:45 p.m.

    Saturday at Abingdon

  • Galax boys, Cavalier girls take easy wins

    Galax couldn’t have scripted a better way to end its regular season and springboard into tournament time. Carroll County? Not so much.

    The Maroon Tide boys, crowned Mountain Empire District champs the night before without stepping on the floor thanks to Fort Chiswell’s upset of Grayson County, dominated from start to finish and capped an 18-2 campaign with an 81-48 win over the Cavaliers in a nondistrict game Friday night.

  • Fort Chiswell plays spoiler

    MAX MEADOWS –– Fort Chiswell owned the second half and ruined Grayson County’s chances of a forcing a playoff for the Mountain Empire District season championship, roaring from behind to knock off the Blue Devils 81-69 Thursday night.

    Grayson County (16-5 overall, 6-2 district) could have tied Galax atop the final MED standings with the win but was instead relegated to second place and must turn around to face the Pioneers (17-5, 5-3) again Tuesday in the MED tournament semifinals.