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  • Who's on the ballot in Nov. 6 election?

    Turnout could be high in Tuesday's election, with a tight race for president

  • Fire causes $100,000 damage to garage

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    ENNICE, N.C. — The Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at Poole’s Garage in the Glade Creek community of North Carolina on Oct. 31.
    According to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley, an ignited gas tank caused the accidental blaze that ultimately led to heavy structural damage.

  • Veterans' memorial to be installed this week

    Members of the Veterans Memorial Committee recently visited North Carolina Granite in Mount Airy, N.C., to examine the progress of the fabrication of seven black monoliths for the Honor Circle of the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial.  
    The memorial is under construction next to the Galax Public Library, and the Honor Circle is to be installed this week in advance of the dedication ceremony scheduled for Nov. 11, just before Veterans Day.

  • Rivals in Senate race divided on how to fix economy

    Just as in the presidential campaign, how to shore up a shaky economy and put the nation’s fiscal house in order occupies center stage in Virginia’s hard-fought U.S. Senate race.
    Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine have put forth sharply divergent plans for fixing America’s economic woes.
    And perhaps just as relevant for voters who will choose between them on Nov. 6, both candidates have records — Kaine as governor, Allen as governor and senator — that yield clues about how they would approach fiscal issues.

  • Carroll home lost to fire

    HILLSVILLE — Talissa Huff could only save herself and her three dogs after her house caught fire Tuesday afternoon.
    Her rental home at 2620 Birch Tree Road went up in flames at about 4:48 p.m., when she tried to stoke a fire she had going in a stove in the basement.
    “I lost everything,” she said, while volunteer firefighters from the Hillsville and Galax fire departments continued to pour water on the house.
    Huff even tried to go back inside and save her children’s baby pictures.

  • Newcomer, freshman fighting for 9th District seat

    The race to represent the sprawling 9th Congressional District pits a freshman incumbent who’s made a brief career of speaking out in opposition to federal regulations on coal against a challenger who favors a “bottom-up” economy built on consumption of locally produced goods.
    First-time candidate Democrat Anthony Flaccavento of Abingdon is challenging Republican Morgan Griffith of Salem for the seat.

  • Training center residents learn skills for future

    HILLSVILLE — Even as Virginia’s philosophy of caring for individuals with intellectual disabilities changes, the Southwestern Virginia Training Center will launch a new community outreach effort at 514 W. Stuart Drive.
    Since the training center opened, Parke Quesenberry has seen the trend move away from facility-based care to more community-based services.

  • Company helps wounded veterans, first responders

    Vaughan-Bassett in Galax is donating furniture to an organization that builds houses for wounded military veterans, firefighters and first responders.

  • Hillsville forgives part of church utility bill

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville church that had a hidden water leak over two billing periods received a $2,100 discount off its bill from the town.
    Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church did not realize that someone hooked a water pipe directly into a drain for the sewage system.
    This resulted in an outside spigot being turned on and running for a long time, creating a water and sewer bill that could have been as much as $14,323.74.

  • Are we ready for the 'Frankenstorm'?

    Hurricane Sandy.
    The Frankenstorm.
    The Snoreastercane.
    Whatever you want to call it, the storm hitting the East Coast this week is a freak of nature, says Kevin Myatt, weather columnist for The Roanoke Times.
    For Southwest Virginia, the merging of two extreme weather systems likely will mean high winds, heavy rain and possibly a record October snowfall.
    Anything is possible, Myatt says, but the storm is bringing more tricks than treats.