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  • Zipline attraction planned for Whitetop

    WHITETOP — The Grayson County Planning Commission approved a special use permit following a public hearing on March 18 for the operation of a zip line ride in the Whitetop area.
    Developer Lenny Cottom attended the meeting to answer questions about the proposed project that will be on property owned by John Doyle Hensley, near the Virginia Creeper Trail.

  • Parkway tourism creates $902M benefit

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 15.2 million visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2012 spent $902 million in communities nearby.
    That spending supported 12,168 jobs in the areas adjacent to the parkway, including the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties. It’s hard to know how many of those jobs are local, as the federal report did not break down the spending or employment by locality.

  • Galax tops tourism spending growth list

    Southwest Virginia reached a milestone in tourism last year, and the numbers confirm that the City of Galax made the top of the list for bringing in more visitors from around the world.
    Traveler spending in Galax increased 71 percent between 2004 and 2012.
    Last year, the Southwest Virginia region generated more than $927 million in travel expenditures, according to an announcement made at the 2013 Southwest Virginia Creative Economy Conference on Sept. 20.

  • Local gas prices among Virginia's lowest

    Gasoline prices in Hillsville and Galax have plunged in recent days, with service stations in the Twin Counties offering some of the lowest-cost fuel in Virginia.
    While officials at the American Automobile Association (AAA) fully expected that gas costs would work out to be six cents cheaper after the state gas taxes changed from a retail to wholesale tax, the drop seen in the per gallon price locally has moved aggressively lower, as if there might be a pricing war going on here.

  • City wins multiple awards in poll

    Several activities and sights in Galax have won awards in Blue Ridge Country’s 2013 regional “Best of the Mountains” poll.
    Readers chose the Blue Ridge Music Center as a gold winner for the best place to hear mountain music, the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention for silver for best music festival, and New River Trail Cabins for gold for best cabin rentals.
    Galax’s historic downtown Rex Theatre won silver for best restored theater.

  • Ponies of the Highlands: Photos & Video

    WHITETOP — Grayson Highlands State Park is a beautiful place to visit, hike, camp or just get away from your regular routine. Just be sure to keep your eye to the sky for fast changing weather conditions and always go prepared.
    After my many visits there, I always had a lingering disappointment in the back of my mind every time I was about to make my way down the long winding road out of the park – I still had yet to see the infamous wild ponies that inhabit the balds of the mountain top, which I had heard so many stories about.

  • Federal budget cuts hit Blue Ridge Parkway

    When the Blue Ridge Parkway announced its seasonal openings for 2013, the big news was about the places that will stay closed because of the federal government’s automatic spending cuts.
    Some campgrounds, picnic areas and visitor centers will remain closed this season, because of an across-the-board 5 percent cut to the National Park Service mandated by the federal sequester.

  • A warning about flea market traffic

    HILLSVILLE — Shoppers by the thousands are expected to descend on the Hillsville gun show and flea market, as well as the Sylvatus flea market and numerous yard sales, this weekend.
    Roads in the vicinity are expected to be clogged with shoppers galore, so the Virginia Department of Transportation issued the following traffic advisory.
    Travelers heading to the annual Labor Day weekend flea market should be prepared for considerable traffic delays.

  • Tea Party condemns Crooked Road plan

     

  • Airstreamers have camped in Galax for 11 years

    For 11 years, a traveling club of Airstream campers has made annual visits to Galax and the Old Fiddlers’ Convention, dining at local restaurants and donating funds to a local charity organization.
    However, this past week was the last trip to Galax for the group, at least for a while.