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Today's News

  • 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.

  • APCo: plan for higher winter bills

    Staff Report

    With frigid temperatures continuing to grip the region this week, Appalachian Power is urging customers to plan for the possibility of higher electric bills.

    “The colder it is outside, the more energy it takes to keep it warm inside, so in this extended cold spell I would anticipate an increase in electric usage for customers who heat with electricity,” said APCo spokesman Phil Moye. “This increased usage will result in higher bills.”

  • McAuliffe's budget aims to pad state reserves

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — One last shot at Medicaid expansion.

    That’s the big $584 million line item in Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s final two-year budget before he leaves office this month. He presented it to the General Assembly’s money committees in December.

    The governor has included expansion in every one of his budgets, but the Republican-controlled legislature has refused.

  • Readers Hotline 1/3/18

    How’s it spent?
    I noticed in the paper today Hillsville received some grant funds. That’s pretty good but I have often wondered why when Hillsville annexed up at Interstate 77, the meals tax also went up from 10 percent to 13 percent. I wonder what businesses in Hillsville have provided for these funds. The only thing I can come up with is, I have seen so many extra police cars and so many extra police. But, you don’t do anything else beneficial for the people. Gee whiz. Anybody else noticed this?

  • Public record for 1/3/18 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.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in August in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Fans roll out for final skate

    Staff Report

    A Galax skating rink that has been part of the community for nearly 40 years closed this weekend, but before it did, dozens of people came out for one last skate.

    Galax Roller Land owner Ronald Vaught is recovering for a few weeks in a nursing home after suffering a stroke around Thanksgiving. He has decided to close the business, but family and friends organized a fundraising skate for Dec. 30 to raise money for Vaught.

  • Galax social services director departing

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    Even though she’s retiring next month, Susan Clark, director of the Department of Social Services for the City of Galax, isn’t slowing down.

    Her office currently serves more than 4,000 cases, providing all kinds of services to the people of the city.