Today's News

  • He's one

    Donald Tony Peak will celebrate his first birthday May 15 with family and friends. He is the son of Robert Peak and Chasity McMillian, both of Cana.

    His maternal grandparents are the late Donald and Cathy McMillian of Cana. His paternal grandparents are Tony and Edreen Peak of Galax and Bruce and Susan Webb of Eden, N.C. He has a cousin, Breanna McMillian.

  • Farmer, Tucker engagement announced

    John and Jennifer Farmer announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Brittany Leigh Farmer, to Charles Richard Tucker.
    Tucker is the son of Donald and Janette Tucker of Aronoldsburg, W.Va.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Howard and Zollie Easter, Edward and the late Iva Farmer and the great-granddaughter of Opal Robinson.
    A May 23, 2015 wedding is planned.

  • Public record for 4/30/14 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in January in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Webb to seek 20th District nomination

    Effective today, Wednesday, Bill Webb will retire as manager of the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) office in Galax, and will seek election for the role of state senator for the 20th district.
    Webb is in the middle of his second term as a member of Galax City Council, and said he doesn’t plan on seeking a third term when it expires in 2016.
    “I expect to win the state senate,” Webb said.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts six

    INDEPENDENCE — Six people were indicted on seven charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on April 25.
    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.
    The indictments included:
    • Jorden Earl Adams –possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony; possession of ammunition for a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.
    • Benjamin Michael Asbell – receipt of a stolen firearm.
    • Christopher Dillon Bobbitt – failure to register as a sex offender.

  • Suspect leads deputy on chase in Whitetop

    WHITETOP – A Whitetop man was arrested April 17, but not before a lengthy foot chase that ended with him being apprehended in a creek.

  • Readers' Hotline 4/30/14

    In a hurry
    This is to the person that drives a [description deleted] from Fries to Galax on Riverside every morning. If you are in such a hurry to get to work, why don’t you leave earlier? You are going to get somebody killed by passing three and four vehicles.

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  • Baywood man in contest for wheelchair-accessible van

    BAYWOOD – While several Grayson County residents seek votes for membership on town councils in May, one Grayson County resident will seek votes in a national contest.
    Baywood resident Eric Higgins, diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia when he was 13 and since confined to a wheelchair, is competing for one of three custom wheelchair-accessible vans to be awarded in a National Mobility Awareness Month contest.

  • Hillsville hires new town manager

    HILLSVILLE — A new town manager who already has a close bond with the official she’s replacing will start her work in Hillsville during mid-May.
    After a two-hour closed session Monday, a divided council selected Retta Nichole Jackson as the new town manager on a motion by council member Billy Walls Sr.
    She is the daughter of the current town manager.
    Walls and council member David Young voted to hire Jackson, council member Ed Terry voted no and Greg Yonce abstained.

  • Stoneman sought after Wythe deputy's injury

    WYTHEVILLE — Authorities are searching for a 32-year-old Hillsville man accused of cutting a Wythe County deputy on Sunday while fleeing on foot, according to Wythe Chief Deputy Keith Dunagan.
    Authorities identified the suspect as Cheston Stoneman.