Today's News

  • Ward's three

    Braeden Hunter Ward turned three years old on June 26. He celebrated with an outer space cake and a party at his home. He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence. He also has a little brother, Levi.
    His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Agnes Cox, Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Sawyers to turn one Monday

    Karma Marie Sawyers will turn one year old July 30.

  • Hortons celebrate anniversary

    Cecil and Judy Horton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 2.

    They have two children, Gary Grantand Michelle Ann Shaffner. Also, they have seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

  • Public record for 8/1/12 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in April in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:
    Billy R. Whitaker of Galax, guilty of littering; pay $300 fine and $81 costs.

  • Relay for Life raises $62,324

    A total of 526 people on 37 teams participated in the 2012 Galax-Carroll Relay for Life, held July 27 at the Carroll County High School track.

    The teams raised a total of $62,324 for cancer research. The event began at 6 p.m. with a survivors’ lap and continued throughout the night, ending with a closing ceremony at 2 a.m. Saturday.

  • E-mails misleading about voter re-registration

    False information is circulating about a supposed requirement for inactive voters to re-register in Virginia.
    The State Board of Elections is aware of incorrect information circulating via mass e-mails, stating that voters who have not voted since the 2008 general election must re-register to vote 25 days prior to election day of Nov. 6 in order to eligible to vote.
    “There is absolutely no requirement to re-register in Virginia,” the board said in a news release.

  • Church hosts Back-To-School Bash

    The start of a new school year can be a hectic and expensive time for parents and students. With that in mind, Midway Baptist Church of Galax seems to have the perfect cure for the back-to-school blues as it will be offering haircuts, school supplies and food free of charge on Aug. 5.
    From 6 to 8 p.m., Midway Baptist will host a Back-To-School Bash. Aside from all the freebies, the church also will give away several other items to lucky winners, including a laptop computer donated by Professional Networks. There will also be several gift card giveaways for local businesses.

  • Timing not right for rescue squad building sale

    HILLSVILLE — The final work to dissolve the Hillsville Rescue Squad means the town has not been able to auction off the former station as fast as one council member would like.
    At the July 23 meeting, Council Member Billy Walls Sr. reiterated his desire to be rid of the building located on South Main Street. But, others say there are reasons that the facility remains the Town of Hillsville’s property for now.
    Walls had previously made a motion on the same issue in March, but it died for the lack of a second.

  • Court releases sealed charges

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Circuit Court officials recently released these unsealed indictments.
    Courts often seal charges by direct indictment until the person named can be served with warrants. An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.
    Those named in the unsealed indictments include:
    • Joseph Linwood Burton, possession of methamphetamine, a schedule II drug.
    • Stanley Davis Brewer, 12 counts of obtaining drugs by false pretenses
    • Desiree Jordan Oakley, distribution of hydrocodone, a schedule III drug

  • Mandolin players break world record in Galax (with video)

    For an hour, Danny Knicely quietly lurked around the registration table, often strumming on his mandolin or stopping to talk to old friends. But unlike the more than 300 other mandolin carriers at Felts Park on Tuesday afternoon, Knicely wasn’t wearing a numbered sticker.
    Then suddenly, he darted into a short line. Seconds later, he waved to a cheering crowd, wearing the number 384.