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Today's News

  • Andrews to serve 2 years for tax fraud

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON – A Carroll County business owner, who paid some of his employees in

    cash to avoid paying taxes to the Internal Revenue Service and later lied in a bankruptcy proceeding, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Abingdon.

    Jones Keith Andrews, 62, of Galax, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison and was ordered to pay the IRS restitution totaling $609,604, according to U.S. Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle.

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  • Grayson honors schools' success

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors invited representatives of Baywood and Fairview elementaries to the December meeting to honor the schools for their recent accomplishments.

    Principal Mike Reavis of Baywood and Fairview schools and Director of Student Learning Susie Funk were present at the meeting to receive two honors on behalf of the schools. They were also joined by Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-5th District), who represents Grayson County.

    At the meeting, the board approved two proclamations in honor of the schools.

  • 2017 Editorial Awards: A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Dear reader,

    Before you delve too deeply into the year that just passed, I urge you to reconsider.

    A New Year has just dawned, with all the hope and promise that we assign to every arbitrary turn of the calendar page, and I wouldn’t want you to look back at 2017 and realize you felt just as much misplaced optimism at the beginning of that year as you might as we enter this one.

  • Truck hits house, driver dead at scene

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    A 41-year-old Jacksonville, Fla., truck driver died at the scene after the tractor-trailer he was operating plowed into a house on Friday morning.

    The accident occurred shortly before 10 a.m. on U.S. 58 (Carrollton Pike) at Midway Heights in Carroll County. The house was next door to one hit by a truck in 2014.

  • Halftime lead slips away in Tide boys’ loss

    Galax worked its way into a 21-14 halftime lead but Bland County outscored the Maroon Tide by 10 points in each the third and fourth quarters, rallying for a 47-34 Mountain Empire District win Tuesday night.

  • Galax girls rally from 15 down for win

    Were the Galax-Bland County game televised, this was about the time that one would turn off the TV, go make a ham sandwich and wait for the boys’ game to start.

    The Maroon Tide managed a paltry eight points in the first half and trailed by 12 in the third quarter, after having reached a nadir of being 15 points behind. Galax’s top scorer and rebounder, Essence Brown, was on the bench in street clothes. No. 2 in both categories, Shea Foxx, sat beside her, an ankle wrapped in ice.

    But turning off the idiot box would have been a mistake.

  • Foundation grants Hillsville child's wish

    HILLSVILLE — Hezekiah Goad, almost 3 years old, will be taking a trip to Disney World in mid-January with his family, thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation, which exists to grant wishes to children with life-threatening conditions.

    “Kiah loves to watch Mickey Mouse,” said his mom, Carrie, using the family’s nickname for her son. “That’s about the only thing we know he loves. He doesn’t know really [that we’re going]. But I have faith he is going to love it.”

  • Police: gunshot wound story didn't add up

    Staff Reports

    When two men gave different accounts of how one of them got shot in the leg, police investigated and found that they are suspects in a North Carolina burglary.

    The Winston-Salem, N.C., men were arrested and charged at Twin County Regional Hospital on Jan. 2, according to a report released by Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Before leaving, supervisor warns of 'super coyotes'

    INDEPENDENCE — Outgoing county board member Eddie Rosenbaum gave his final address to constituents during the Grayson Board of Supervisors’ December meeting, and used the time to address an issue that he has been passionate about during his time on the board — coyotes.

    Rosenbaum vacated his seat on the board last month, after announcing that he would not run for another term due to health reasons. Thomas “Rex” Revels took the seat representing the Wilson District on Jan. 1.