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  • Readers Hotline 6/12/17

    Looking good
    I’d like to give a shout out to our local farmers for the wonderful job they do. The fields look so good. Beautiful, actually. So pleasing to the eye. I love sitting on my porch admiring the view I have or just driving to town and passing the hillsides and fields surrounding me. Good job, guys and gals.

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  • HoustonFest 2017: Day 1

    Bluegrass and old-time performances were spread among five stages at HoustonFest, a two-day festival in Galax’s Felts Park on June 9-10.

    The annual event in memory of the late banjo player and firefighter Houston Caldwell benefits the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and youth music programs.

  • WHO'S ON THE BALLOT JUNE 13?

    Staff Report

    Tuesday is the date of Democratic and Republican primaries in Virginia, with voters from both parties choosing candidates to run for governor and lieutenant governor in the November election.

    Locally, Republicans in two Carroll County districts will choose candidates for the board of supervisors race in November.

    Democrats in Carroll don’t require a primary, nor do either party in Grayson County, as primaries are only necessary if there is more than one candidate seeking the nomination.

  • Grayson adds roads to VDOT's 2018 plan

    INDEPENDENCE — Several roads in Grayson will see improvements in fiscal year 2018, after approval by the county and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors last week approved the county’s secondary six-year road plan and 2018-2019 construction priority list, proposed by VDOT.

    Prior to approval, the board held a public hearing in May, which was preceded by a summary of the plan and the year’s funding allocations by Jeff Russell, Wytheville Residency administrator for VDOT.

  • Democratic race hinges on style as much as substance

    Landmark News Service

    In a room usually reserved for sales seminars in downtown Norfolk, Tom Perriello is giving a sales pitch of his own.

    The former congressman who represented Charlottesville and rural Southside Virginia is speaking to a racially diverse group of about 100 potential voters sitting in rows of chairs. They have come to learn more about this candidate seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.

  • Five out of five gives Galax three out of four

    RADFORD –– With a state championship on the line and the Group 1A finals having progressed to penalty kicks, Galax’s shooters were a perfect 5-for-5. Thusly, Maroon Tide goalkeeper Ricardo Ortiz needed to be perfect just once.

  • Semifinals a road block for area tennis teams

    RADFORD –– Four Twin County entrants in various state tennis tournaments all came up one round short of a chance at a state title as team and doubles competitors all fell in semifinal matches last week.

  • Tide shoots down Jackets

    RADFORD –– Just after the conclusion of the first Group 1A state soccer semifinal Friday, a pair of fighter jets zoomed overhead, practicing their almost-daily dry runs over whatever structure the City of Radford provides as a simulated objective. Moments earlier, Galax had already achieved a radar lock on its season-long target.

  • Haynes family bonds in band

    By ABBY BODNAR, Staff

    Whether working or just enjoying the music, the Haynes family has attended HoustonFest since it started.

    Today, the family gets to join their favorite bands and take the stage to perform at the music festival in Galax’s Felts Park. The event raises money for both the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and youth music scholarships, which makes the Haynes’ participation significant.

  • Republican candidates focus on Va. economy

    Landmark News Service

    Following conventional political wisdom, Ed Gillespie has the edge in Tuesday’s Republican primary for governor. He has raised considerably more money and is well ahead in polls.

    But his two opponents beg to differ. They argue that the state’s first GOP governor’s primary in 12 years will be a test of who best motivates voters in what could be a low-turnout affair. In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s surprising political rise, they say, nothing is certain.