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  • Something To Do from 11-16-2018


    Twin County Cinema III, Galax, (276) 236-7469, www.southeastcinemas.com.

    • Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (PG)

    • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (PG)

    • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (PG-13)

    Creekside Cinema, (336) 783-0001, 605 Bluemont Road, Mount Airy, N.C.

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    Marquee Cinema, (276) 228-9875, 187 Dominion Street, Wytheville, Va. 24382

    No listings available at press time


  • Astronomical League donates telescope to library

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Public Library recently received a telescope donated by the Echo Ridge Astronomical League — a local group dedicated to the study and teachings of astronomy to the general public.

    The Orion Star Blast 45 Astron Reflector Telescope was delivered to the library at the end of October. The library and Echo Ridge plan to work in partnership to deliver astronomy programs to patrons of all ages.

  • Shoppers encouraged to buy locally

    Staff Report

    This weekend offers lots of local gift-buying opportunities for savvy shoppers, says the Twin County Chamber of Commerce.

    Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, and small, locally-owned businesses in the Twin Counties will open their doors to discounts, specials and holiday fare.

  • Six indictments unsealed in Grayson court


    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments against six suspects have recently been unsealed in Grayson County Circuit Court, revealing charges that involve child abuse, a prisoner with a knife and stealing food from a military base.

    The grand jury met Oct. 26 and sealed several felony indictments until arrests could be made.

  • Readers Hotline 11/21/18

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  • Toy and coat drive underway

    The Town of Independence and the Independence police and fire departments are partnering to collect toys and coats for children in the area through Dec. 1.

    The annual initiative is called Independence Cares Toy and Coat Drive. Toys and coats that are collected through this effort will be loaded onto a fire truck that will be featured in the town’s annual parade at 3 p.m. on Dec. 1.

    Donations are also accepted during the parade, and donors are often seen tossing last minute donations onto the truck as it rolls along the parade route.

  • Carroll repeals utility non-user fees

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors on Monday voted 4-2 to rescind the “non-user” fees that have been the subject of contention between citizens and government officials for several months.

    Citizens voiced concerns about being charged for county water services they didn’t want or receive.

    The meeting began with a review of factors leading up to the current situation.

  • Trial date set for suspect in river shooting

    INDEPENDENCE – A trial date has been set for a suspect charged in the July 14 malicious shooting of a man in Fries.

    According to the Virginia courts database, John Ford Gilliam of Woodlawn, who is charged with the use of a firearm in commission of a felony and malicious wounding resulting in permanent impairment, has a four-hour trial set in Grayson County Circuit Court on Jan. 24, 2019.

  • 7-year-old raises money for kids in need

    A lot of people can say they’ve raised money for charity, but how many can say they’ve managed to pull in $5,120 before they hit second grade?

    Connor Boyles, 7, a Galax Elementary School first-grader and the son of GES Principal Emily Boyles, ran in the Rock’N’Roll Marathon Series on Sept. 1 and did just that.

  • School board considers 6th grade wrestling

    INDEPENDENCE — At the November meeting of the Grayson County School Board, Superintendent Kelly Wilmore discussed some ideas to promote and support extracurricular activities.

    Wilmore began by outlining a plan to place a four-lane track around the former Baywood Elementary School building, for students and community members to enjoy. He explained to the board that the track would utilize acreage in front of and around the side of the building.

    Wilmore told the board that the school system is looking into grant funding opportunities to pay for the project.