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Today's News

  • Holdaway seeks another term on school board

    INDEPENDENCE — James Shannon Holdaway, incumbent candidate for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County School Board, is seeking re-election in the Nov. 5 General Election.
    Holdaway has served two terms (eight years) on the board, including four as vice chairman.
    Holdaway faces a challenge from Brian Walls of Mouth of Wilson, a Virginia Department of Corrections employee who works at the new state prison in Independence.

  • Incumbent challenged by write-in candidate

    INDEPENDENCE — A last-minute challenger has announced his intention to seek the Elk Creek District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.
    With no official candidates filing to run against her, incumbent Brenda Sutherland until this week was without opposition for her second full term.
    On Tuesday, Tracy “Zeke” Anderson announced that he is running a write-in campaign.

  • Walking (with the) Dead

    ATLANTA, Ga. — Like the undead creatures he has played on “The Walking Dead,” actor PJ McDonnell just keeps coming back.
    The native of Grayson County has shambled his way through three episodes of the mega-popular zombie survival TV series in the past two years. Two gunshots to the head and a decapitation by sword weren’t enough to keep him down.

  • Jones to stand trial for murder

    INDEPENDENCE — The boyfriend of a 33-year-old Fries woman who went missing in April has been charged with murder by indictment in Grayson County court, according to the Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney.

  • Wreck results in major injuries

    FANCY GAP — Major injuries resulted from a single-vehicle wreck on U.S. 52 when the driver blacked out while behind the wheel Wednesday morning, according to a Virginia State Police report.
    The 2000 Mustang, being driven by Sonya Bowman, 38, of Fancy Gap, went off the road to the right and struck a tree, about 2.5 miles south of Virginia 608, according to Trooper R.B. Phipps. The tree kept the vehicle from rolling down the sizable embankment there.
    Phipps took a statement from passenger Michael Kevin Payne about the driver blacking out.

  • Midway Baptist fellowship hall damaged by fire

     In a series of factors almost too compounded to be considered a coincidence, plenty of help arrived in time to quickly douse a fire at Midway Baptist Church on Oct. 27.
    The Galax Fire Department received a call at 7 p.m. from a passerby who reported heavy smoke billowing from the sanctuary. On arrival, the firefighters found the fellowship hall on fire, according to a report from Fire Chief David Hankley.

  • Marion, Phillips exchange vows

    Brooke Marion and Ian Phillips were united in marriage Aug. 17, 2013, at the home of the bride’s parents in Woodlawn. The Rev. Andy Edmonds officiated the double‑ring ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Wade and Melissa Marion of Woodlawn.

    The groom is the son of the Rev. Theron and Dana Phillips of Dugspur.
    The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents.
    Maid of honor was Hope Marion, sister of the bride. Flower girl was Abbi Puckett, cousin of the bride.

  • She's four

    Palin Leanne Snider turned four on Aug. 11. She celebrated with a Hello Kitty party at her home with family and friends. Along for the celebration was her best friend, Addison Greene (pictured on right).

  • Stesen, Nativi announce engagement

    Kristen Nicole Stesen and Javier Antonio Nativi of Galax recently announced their engagement and upcoming marriage on March 23, 2014.

    Stesen is the daughter of Deanna Carico Burgess and Lawrence Burgess. She is the granddaughter of Donna Cooley Carico and Danny Lee Carico of Galax. She is the great-granddaughter of the late H.G. and Nona Fae Cooley and Berlie and Elsie Faye Carico.
    Nativi is the son of Belin and Jose Nativi of Hollywood, Fla.
    The couple has been together for six years and will wed on the seven-year anniversary of their relationship.

  • Public record for 10/30/13 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 June in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed: