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Today's News

  • Who's on the ballot in your area?

    On Tuesday, voters in the Twin Counties will choose leaders for local and state offices.
    Grayson has a six-way race for county treasurer and in Carroll, a local candidate is seeking a Virginia House of Delegates seat. Both counties have several contested races for supervisors and school board members.
    Voters in all localities will choose a governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, along with other state representatives.
    Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

  • AT&T service now available in Galax area

    Galax will no longer be a “dead zone” for AT&T wireless service, now that the telecommunications company has made it available in the area.
    On Monday, AT&T announced the availability of its mobile Internet service in Galax, extending access for advanced mobile services, devices and applications to customers in the area.
    This will allow AT&T customers with smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices to access the Internet, voice and data capabilities, the company said in a news release.

  • 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).