Today's News

  • Turns one

    Conner Andrew Sutherland will turn one March 8. He will celebrate March 4 with family and friends. His parents are Jessica and Matthew Sutherland of Independence.

    Maternal grandparents are David and the late Connie Osborne of Fries. Paternal grandparents are Richard and Brenda Sutherland of Elk Creek and two uncles, Brandon and Shane Osborne, both of Fries.

  • Graham, Phipps to marry

    Mr. and Mrs. Gary L. Graham of Salisbury, N.C., announced the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Christine Graham of Salisbury, to Devin Ray Phipps of Winston-Salem, N.C.

    The future groom is the son of Michael R. Phipps of Lansing, N.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Brown of Jefferson, N.C. He is the grandson of Georgia Woods and the late Hardin Woods of Independence, and Edith Phipps and the late Thomas Ray Phipps of Independence.

  • Court escapee in custody


  • Morales to be deported after serving 188 months

    ROANOKE — A 29-year-old Galax man will serve 188 months in a federal prison for a drug-related conviction and then be deported, according to court papers.
    Juan Israel Morales was recently sentenced after pleading guilty to a charge of conspiracy to distribute of a large quantity of methamphetamine.
    An August 2011 federal indictment originally charged Morales with possession of meth with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime, according to court papers.

  • Grayson to explore Sunday alcohol sales


    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors will attempt to change an ordinance that has been in effect since Sept. 16, 1940.
    Oldtown District Supervisor Kenneth Belton told the board at its March 8 meeting that he had been contacted by several business owners in the county about the sale of beer and wine on Sunday.

  • Meth ring gets combined 89 years in prison

    ROANOKE — Six Twin County residents and a Wytheville man snared in a methamphetamine investigation have all pleaded guilty and will spend a combined 89 years in federal prisons, according to court records.
    A traffic stop on Arturo Velejan Hernandez of Independence by Grayson Deputy Alan Graham near Fries last year led to a search of the vehicle and the discovery of two ounces of meth.
    A combined operation by the Twin County and Claytor Lake drug task forces and Drug Enforcement Administration agents led to four federal indictments being issued in the case.

  • Carroll Courthouse Tragedy: Lives Forever Changed


  • Drivers still confused by Opticom system


  • Sturgill: budget planning impossible without state funding information

    Galax School Board cut its budget workshop meeting short on Friday after having an uncertain budget draft proposed by the governor.
    “We spent a lot of time working with the only budget we have,” Galax Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill told the Galax School Board last Tuesday, as administrators and board members wait on the official budget from the state. “Right now, we need more direction from the state.”
    Legislators ended the General Assembly session this month without passing a state budget.