Today's News

  • New K9 officer joins the force

    INDEPENDENCE — Sheriff Richard Vaughan has announced that K9 officer Gauge will retire after seven years of service to Grayson County.

    Vaughan noted that the sheriff’s department will be continuing the K9 program, with a significant amount of savings. Thanks to a partnership with the Virginia State Police and the Department of Corrections, the sheriff’s office received a free detective K9 and free training.

  • Galax arrests involve drug violations, child neglect

    Staff Report

    Three recent arrests were recorded in a report by the Galax Police Department.

    On May 14, Officer Eduardo Mata was dispatched to Glendale Road and E. Stuart Drive for a report of a vehicle driving recklessly. Mata found a vehicle matching the description and observed it. He stopped it and noticed a small child inside, the report said.

  • Court unseals charges against 10


    INDEPENDENCE – Indictments against 10 people were recently unsealed in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    A grand jury met April 26 to hear the cases and approve formal charges. These indictments, including firearm and drug charges, were sealed until the suspects could be arrested.

    Recently unsealed indictments included:

    • Cody Lee Moore, Elk Creek – providing a firearm to a convicted felon.

  • Galax pounds rockets 17-6

    The first inning of the Region 1C quarterfinal Monday at Felts Park was a ballgame in its own right. The rest of the afternoon was just details.

  • Maroon Tide back in state

    By the time Galax plays in the state soccer tournament, the Maroon Tide may already feel as if it has already been through one.

    Galax will certainly be primed for the final level of the postseason after having played a slew of matches against top-shelf competition, including Wednesday’s 3-1 win over George Wythe in the Region 1C semifinals at Galax High School.

  • Galax falls short in state quarterfinals

    BLACKSBURG –– Galax saw its run as a team come to a close Wednesday but the Maroon Tide will still be represented at the state tennis tournament in singles and doubles play.

    The Region 2C champions, Galax put up a fight in the Class 1/2 state quarterfinals at Virginia Tech before falling to Eastside 5-0.

    The Spartans, with four members of its state runner-up basketball team on the tennis court, will move on to the state semifinals against John Battle, a 5-0 winner in its first-round match with Floyd County.

  • Anderson not seeking second term

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School Board At-large Member Tracy “Zeke” Anderson has announced that he will not run for another term in this ye ar’s general election.

    Anderson took the at-large seat on the school board following a special election on Nov. 8, 2016, winning by two votes against challenger Philip Vaughan. The school board seat Anderson filled was left vacant in July 2016, after former at-large member Tim “T.T.” Carico died from injuries sustained in an ATV accident.

  • 4 charged with theft of antiques

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Four suspects have been indicted on charges related to antiques stolen from an Independence residence.

    According to a report from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, the following suspects were arrested by Wytheville authorities on charges of burglary and grand larceny: Britani Christina Hurley, 25; Champ David Jones, 31; Tiffany Marie Cox 28; and Tracy Leon Davis Jr., 36.

  • Public Record from 5-22, 2019

    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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in December of 2018, in the Carroll County General District Court, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Something To Do from May 17, 2019


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

    • John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum (R)

    • Pokemon Detective Pikachu (PG)

    • Avengers: Endgame (2019) (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

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