Today's News

  • Running of the Bowls

    INDEPENDENCE — This year’s Mountain Foliage Festival is sure to get the community geared up for fall with a variety of craft vendors, music, games and entertainment fit for everyone in the family.

    The 33rd Annual Grand Privy Race — an Independence tradition — begins at 11 a.m. Contestants in the race make their mad dashes towards the finish line in custom-built mobilized outhouses.

  • Turns 98

    Lelia C. Poe celebrated her 98th birthday with a party at Waddell Nusing Home Aug. 16 with her family.

    Special guest was her son, Bobby Poe from Edgewater, Md.

  • Public record for 10/7/15 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in November of 2014 in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Local rainfall totals 5 to 13 inches

    Staff Report

    BLACKSBURG – The National Weather Service in Blacksburg issued a statement Sunday evening that outlined rainfall totals through the weekend’s weather event that affected the region.

    Locally, Carroll County registered 6.54 inches in northern Galax and 9.01 inches in the City of Galax. For Grayson County, 13.12 inches was reported in the Cumberland Knob area, 10.43 inches in Baywood, 8.33 inches in Independence and 5.19 inches in northern Elk Creek.

  • Firefighters offer safety tips

    Staff Report

    As the temperature drops outside and families turn to resources like fireplaces, bonfires, wood stoves and the like for warmth, discussions inevitably begin regarding the importance of fire safety.

    Local firefighters will stress important tips for preventing fires during National Fire Prevention Week, which takes places this week through Oct. 10.

  • Magnolia fire's cause unknown

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The cause of a fire late Sunday night at the Magnolia plant in Hillsville was still undetermined on Monday.

    According to Assistant Chief Mike Musser, on Oct. 10 at 10:39 p.m. members of Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the Magnolia plant at 265 Advanced Technology Drive.

    Hillsville VFD responded with a ladder truck, three engines, a heavy rescue truck and 22 personnel.

  • Sage qualifies for 1A state tournament

    ABINGDON – One stroke in golf can determine who wins first or second place.

    That was the case Monday when the George Wythe Maroons finished with a team score of 357 to edge Thomas Walker by one stroke, 358.

    Patrick Henry and Eastside tied for third with a 369, the Galax Maroon Tide was fifth with a 371, Twin Valley sixth, 374, Auburn seventh, 379 and Radford eighth, 403.

  • Giles erupts to down Tide

    PEARISBURG –– A handful of little things in the first two quarters allowed Giles to squeak through to halftime with a one-point lead. A handful of big things early in the second half helped the Spartans race away into what would prove to be an insurmountable lead.

  • Accidental equipment rollover results in Baywood death

    Staff Report

    A man mowing a residential lawn in Baywood was killed around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when his lawnmower overturned down a steep slope, according to Chief Deputy Ashby of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Joshua Wayne Hash, 28, of Independence, an independent yard contractor, was mowing a yard for residents of Longview Lane when he attempted to mow along a steep embankment that led to a wooded hollow.

  • Readers Hotline 10/5/15

    Local cardiac care
    After reading about the $4 million renovation to the Twin County Community Hospital, I was wondering if it will ever be possible for them to upgrade to a heart treatment wing at the hospital so that people who have heart attacks and heart surgery don’t have to be sent to Winston.