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Today's News

  • Jones, Poe announce engagement

    Randy and Belva Jones of Flat Ridge announced the engagement of their daughter, Kayla Noel Jones, to Eric Steven Poe.

    Poe is the son of Jimmy and Karen Poe of Bristol.
    A fall wedding is planned.

  • Public record for 10/1/14 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.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in April in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • AEP offers help with Wildwood marketing

    A utility company and a consulting firm recently outlined how Wildwood Commerce Park can better qualify for prospective companies to locate there with site certification.

    Site certification is the sometimes complicated process of helping companies decide where to build. According to the presentation Sept. 17 at the Crossroads Institute in Galax, the decision-making process can include everything from what basic utilities each site offers to their regional placement and available workforce.

  • Tourism spending on the rise in Virginia

    Is Galax — “Virginia’s Best Pick” — living up to its motto?

    According to the United States Travel Association (USTA), who released data to the Virginia Tourism Corporation, it certainly looks that way.

    According to the USTA’s data, every region in Virginia posted an increase in tourism revenue last year, generating a total $21.5 billion in travel spending, supporting 213,000 jobs in Virginia and furnishing $842 million in state taxes and $581 million in local taxes.

  • Readers Hotline 10/1/14

    Do the math

  • Vaughan wins C39 title; Devils, Tide advance

    GALAX –– Jacob Vaughan wasn’t extremely happy with himself when he walked off the 18th green Monday at Blue Ridge Country Club. Fortunately, the Grayson County senior was miffed about his second-to-last shot of the day. His round in general turned out to be plenty solid.

  • Hurst named citizen of the month

    HILLSVILLE — Oren Hurst of Hillsville was honored by Town Council Member Bill Tate, who named him as September’s Citizen of the Month.

    Hurst was born in Carroll County, and has been a resident of Hillsville for 65 years. He attended Carroll County Public Schools, and graduated from Hillsville High School.

    During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in European combat forces and in occupation groups in Japan.

  • Two people exposed to rabies in Grayson

    The Mount Rogers Health District reports there have been six confirmed cases of rabies in the Twin County area this year, through Sept. 28.

    That includes an incident last week, in which two Grayson County residents were exposed to a single rabid stray cat.

    The cat was captured, tested for rabies and the Grayson County Health Department received lab confirmation of rabies Sept. 23, according to a statement from the health district.

  • Galax teen in coma after being struck by car

    FRIES — A Galax teen was still being treated at Roanoke Memorial Hospital on Monday after being hit by a vehicle on Saturday and receiving severe injuries that resulted in a coma.

    According to a report filed by Trooper Jessie Tilson, who investigated the accident, Trinity Williams, 14, of Galax was traveling on Virginia 94 in Grayson County (Scenic Road) in a vehicle, when a piece of paper blew out of the car window. “She and her sister got out to get the paper, and they were walking back up the road with their back to traffic,” Tilson said.

  • Readers Hotline 9/29/14

    Coming across
    How come the President can send 3,000 people to Africa to battle Ebola and he can’t send anybody to secure our border? And, the people that do anything to try to secure our border, you take them to court. You try to sue them for doing their job and obeying the law. What is the president’s number one job as far as protecting the people goes? Where does that fall in line with protecting the people that he is sworn to protect. How many people from this ISIS group have come across from Mexico?