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Today's News

  • Galax has no plans for annexation

    An existing moratorium on city-initiated annexations and county declarations of immunity from annexation has been extended to 2024, thanks to legislation passed during the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session.

    According to a report issued by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, the law affects independent cities like Galax and surrounding counties, but not townships.

  • Readers Hotline 7/13/16

    World’s pothole capital

  • Readers Hotline 7/11/16

    Hurrah!
    Just calling to congratulate Galax on their Fourth of July festivities. I loved the parade being at 7 p.m. That gave us time to get stuff done around home and then drive to Galax and enjoy the parade. Then, the fireworks were really good too. Just wanted to say congratulations and thank you to whoever lined the day up.

    No payoff yet

  • Public record for 7/13/16 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Oct. 16-28, 2015, in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Community unites to pray for peace

    UPDATE: VIDEO ADDED

    HILLSVILLE — It was the morning after officers in Dallas were killed by a sniper, days after two black men were shot by police and the culmination of months of growing tension between police and the black community around the country.

    Pastor Daniel Harrison, a white pastor of Elk Spur Church in Fancy Gap, reached out to the Rev. Daryl Beamer, a black senior pastor at Bethany Baptist Church in Woodlawn with a simple question: “What do you want to do?”

  • Court: N.C. man sold meth to informant

    Staff Report

    ROANOKE – A North Carolina man, who traveled from North Carolina to Carroll County to sell methamphetamine, pleaded guilty Monday to federal drug and firearms charges.

    Mack Daniel Barton, 37, of Laurel Hill, N.C., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke to one count of possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

  • School board to dedicate weight room to Carico

    INDEPENDENCE — Monday’s meeting of the Grayson County School Board was somber and thoughtful, as members discussed the best way to honor the memory of former at-large member Tim “T.T.” Carico, who died from injuries sustained in an accident last week.

    Carico’s empty seat was no longer decorated with his name plaque Monday night, and fellow members were vocal in the fact that the agenda would be short that evening.

  • 'Smoke' on the horizon for weekend

    The heat of summer is about to meet the heat of grills getting pork, chicken and beef ready for sizzling competition: it’s time for the 12th Annual Smoke on the Mountain Virginia State Barbecue Championship, to be held this Friday and Saturday in downtown Galax.

  • Arrests include man charged with indecent exposure

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included a case of indecent exposure.

    Justin Andrew Roten, 34, of Galax, was charged on July 5 at 1:40 a.m. by Officer Jason Hawks for felony indecent liberties (exposing genitals to children), misdemeanor actual or simulated masturbation and misdemeanor indecent exposure.

  • Quack Attack: Annual Galax Duck Race

    An overcast sky and a few stray drops of rain weren’t enough to drive spectators away from the downy banks of Chestnut Creek as the Galax Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Great Galax Duck Race got underway on July 4.

    As always, talk on along the shore was of duck stock, breeding techniques, creek conditions and preferred racers.

    Favored among seasoned bettors were Plastic, Yellow, Buoyant and Billed, all descended from legendary stud drake, Made In China, though the many ducks in the race considerably diluted the odds.