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Today's News

  • 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:

  • Company settles sexual harassment suit

    ROANOKE — Saltville-based Southwest Virginia Community Health System Inc. (SVCHS) will pay $30,000 to settle a Grayson County sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Commission (EEOC), the agency recently announced.
    The EEOC’s suit alleged that Karen Ross, a female receptionist at SCVHS’s Troutdale clinic in Grayson, which closed last year, was sexually harassed by a male patient during her employment there.

  • Motorcyclist charged after police chase

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County deputies charged a 34-year-old Galax man Sunday after he allegedly tried to elude officers and ditch a pistol in the Hebron community, according to police reports.

  • Grayson grand jury charges 11

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 11 people on 31 charges last Friday.
    Richard Otto Alley of Galax was indicted on six counts of forgery and six counts of uttering a forged document. He is accused of writing checks on the account of Brenda and Richard Anders.
    Jackie Ray Long of Independence was indicted on five counts of grand larceny of a firearm and one count of grand larceny. He allegedly took the guns from Brandon McClure.