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  • Picnic and politics at annual event

    At an annual political event on Saturday, political candidates got an earful of mountain music and local issues.
    The somewhat ironically named Poor Man’s Dinner — it reflects the humble Southern fare on the menu, not the financial status of the attendees — is an annual tradition during Galax’s annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention.
    Over 350 politicians from all over Virginia, political candidates and community leaders from attended the picnic in Felts Park on Saturday, sponsored by the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

  • Stuart man dies in Dugspur wreck

    UPDATE — The Virginia State Police have confirmed that alcohol was involved in this crash.

    DUGSPUR — A 24-year-old Stuart man died as the result of a single-vehicle crash on Dugspur Road Saturday.

    Virginia State Police have identified the man as Seth Alexander Hicks, according to a report from Trooper R.B. Phipps.

    The accident occurred at about 9:10 p.m. when the 1996 Ford F250 pickup that Hicks was driving ran off the road to the right.

    The pickup then crossed over the road to the left and struck a tree.

  • Grayson will wait to reassess property

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will delay its next reassessment to defer some of the costs, at a time when real estate values remain steady.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet spoke briefly about the recommendation during the board’s regular meeting Aug. 9.
    Sweet said supervisors did an exceptional job of deferring expenses during the 2012-13 budget preparation process.
    One of the by-products of the discussion of deferring costs is a plan to change the county’s reassessment schedule.

  • Body found in stolen vehicle on parkway

    A North Carolina man was found dead inside a car at a Blue Ridge Parkway overlook on Aug. 3, the same day the vehicle was reported stolen.
    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department reports that a witness saw the car parked at the Sugarloaf Overlook, near parkway milepost 204, for several hours. The witness found that suspicious, and called police.
    Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner said that when deputies responded, they found the body of Michael Jackson Willard, 43, of Mount Airy, N.C., in the car.

  • COLD CASES: Investigator looks into unsolved crimes

    HILLSVILLE — Criminals always leave something behind at the scene, and it’s up to the police to find it.
    That’s been Hillsville Police Department’s Sgt. James Alderman philosophy over the years. If he takes his time at a crime scene and “walks the grid,” examining the place carefully, the town investigator can spot the essential clues.

  • Airstreamers have camped in Galax for 11 years

    For 11 years, a traveling club of Airstream campers has made annual visits to Galax and the Old Fiddlers’ Convention, dining at local restaurants and donating funds to a local charity organization.
    However, this past week was the last trip to Galax for the group, at least for a while.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/13/12

    Beyond the basics



    Winners of the 77th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention, held August 6-11, 2012:

  • 'Sprung Is Here' — for 47 years at Galax convention

    For more than 47 years, 81-year-old bluegrass legend Roger Sprung has graced Galax and the Old Fiddlers’ Convention with his presence.
    The banjo master travels from Newtown, Conn., making a stop at the Clifftop Festival in West Virginia before stopping in Galax each year.
    Sitting at his own spot behind the convention stage, suspended letters above his tent announce “SPRUNG IS HERE.”
    A cardboard sign written in black marker indicates a schedule of jam sessions at his campsite.

  • Storms cost APCo $37 million

    More than a month after a windstorm caused record power outages, Appalachian Power Co. has put a price tag on restoring electricity to its Virginia customers — $37 million.
    It’s still too soon to say whether the costs of repairing downed power lines will be passed on to customers in the form of a rate increase, a spokesman for the utility said this week.