Today's News

  • Stoneman found in residence near Joy Ranch Rd.

    HILLSVILLE — Local authorities have apprehended 32-year-old Cheston Stoneman, who had been sought in connection with the malicious wounding of a Wythe County deputy last month.

  • Police apprehend Galax man after attempted escape



  • City council splits on budget resolution

    After months of waiting for a statewide budget to be agreed upon by the Virginia General Assembly, localities such as Galax are stepping in with opinions of their own in favor of the problem’s resolution.
    A final draft of a letter of resolution to the General Assembly was discussed and approved at council’s April 28 meeting, sparking some spirited debate among council members about the Medicaid expansion issue that’s holding up the budget.

  • Musicians and fans celebrate young banjo player's life and legacy

    Blue skies, crisp breezes and a bright spring sun greeted visitors to Galax’s fourth annual HoustonFest this past weekend.

  • Poll shows support slipping for Medicaid expansion

    RICHMOND — State legislative Republicans opposed to Medicaid expansion appear to have public opinion on their side: A new poll says a majority of Virginians are against extending government-backed health insurance to low-income residents.
    A recent Christopher Newport University survey says 53 percent of Virginians oppose expansion and 41 percent support the position favored by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his General Assembly allies.

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  • Criminal indictments unsealed in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Four additional indictments have been unsealed since a grand jury convened April 25 at the Grayson County Courthouse in Independence.
    Aunt Bea’s Manager Christopher Shawn Rose, 41, of Independence was arrested April 29 on felony embezzlement charges.
    He is accused of taking more than $200 between Nov. 1, 2013, and April 21, 2014, from the Independence restaurant owned by J&B Food Inc.
    Rose has since been released on a $5,000 bond.
    Other unsealed indictments included:

  • She's four

    Makayla Grace Hancock celebrated her fourth birthday March 28 with a Sofia the 1st Princess party at Trinity Baptist Church fellowship hall.

    She is the daughter of Kevin “Bubba” and Pam Hancock of Hillsville. Her grandparents are Doug and Carol Hancock of Hillsville and Chuck and Pat Edwards of Woodlawn. Her great-grandparents are Edd Crotts of Woodlawn and Louis and Bonnie Edwards of Woodlawn.

  • Public record for 5/7/14 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.


    These marriage licenses were recorded in January in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Roger Alexis Sauceda Aguilar, 29, and Jessica Faye Shinault, 22, both of Galax.

  • Missionary helping Philippines rebuild

    Last November, missionary Doug Donithan — originally from Grayson County — made the dangerous trek back to his home city of Tacloban in the Philippines to help his neighbors deal with the devastating aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan (also called Typhoon Yolanda).
    Because of the chaos and debris that the storm had left behind, many relief efforts had trouble reaching the communities to help. To get back home, Donithan had to fly to another island, travel to his island by boat and then hire a van to drive back to his house.