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Today's News

  • Christmas Chest project underway

    Following in the footsteps of the Magi, the Galax Y’s Men’s Club brings the gifts of the holiday season to those who are less fortunate.
    While most people at Christmas are concerned that their loved ones get what they want from their Christmas list, some people right here in the Twin Counties are struggling just to put food on the table.
    That’s where the Community Christmas Chest and the Galax Y’s Men come in, said Gene Cox of Galax, chairman of the program for the past 29 years.

  • Items stolen from Galax barn

    The Galax Police Department is investigating the theft of items from a barn off Cliffview Road that was reported on Nov. 16.
    According to a police report, the stolen items included two Circle SX2 saddles, two yellow rain coats, three horse bridles, two horse breast collars, two halters, one horse lead and one Textan saddle.
    Anyone with information about this theft or any other crime is asked to call Galax Police at 236-8101 or use the anonymous “Text a Tip” link on the police department’s Facebook page.

  • Tigers too tough for Tide

    HONAKER –– Galax was able to absorb a quick 1-2 punch by Honaker at the outset of its Western Section Division 1 second-round game. A similar salvo by the Tigers to close the first half proved to be too much to overcome.

    Honaker had two touchdowns before Galax had three offensive snaps, and the Tigers added two scores 16 seconds apart just before the half to advance with a 42-14 win Saturday at Fuller Field.

    The Western Section’s No. 1 seed, Honaker (11-1) will host No. 5 J.I. Burton (9-3) in the state quarterfinals this weekend.

  • Readers' Hotline 11/21/12

    Bible knowledge
    “I thoroughly believe in a university education for both men and women. But I believe a knowledge of the Bible without a college course is more valuable than a college course without the Bible.” — William Lion Felts, professor and one-time president of Yale University.

    What’s the rush?

  • Looking for a perfect Christmas gift? Make your own at Oldtown Pottery.

    At Galax's pottery studio, the possibilities for creating a unique and personal gift are limited only by the imagination.

  • Hillsville man charged in N.C. attack

    DOBSON, N.C. — A 56-year-old Hillsville man faces multiple charges in a September attack at a Surry County residence, according to the Surry County Sheriff’s Office.
    Sheriff Graham Atkinson identified those charged in the Sept. 16 incident at 800 Oak Grove Road as Rebel Steniner Akers and Jennifer Dawn Hayes, 31, according to a news release from the Surry County authorities. Both face charges of first-degree kidnapping.

  • Carroll youth recovers after shooting

    A 13-year-old boy sustained a flesh wound after a Saturday morning hunt near the Little Vine section of Carroll County.
    Carroll County authorities responded to the scene where the boy was reported injured on Peacock Road,  according to officials with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
    A father and son had been hunting and returned to their pickup at about 9:30 a.m., said Randy Hurst, the conservation officer investigating the incident. They were loading their vehicle after the hunt when a gun went off inside the vehicle.

  • Galax optometrist passes away at 60

    It was rare to see Dr. Henry Ford without a smile or a story to tell, and those facets of the late optometrist’s upbeat personality will be celebrated with a party in his honor on Saturday.
    Ford passed away Nov. 17 after suffering a heart attack. He was 60 years old.
    Ford is remembered by family, friends and patients as a positive, friendly and talkative person, and having a party instead of a funeral is what he wanted, family members say.
    “Bring your stories for a night of laughs and good memories,” they wrote in his obituary.

  • UPDATE: Honaker 42, Galax 14

    Honaker scored two quick touchdowns to start the game and two more at the end of the first half and pulled away from Galax for a 42-14 win in the Western Section Division 1 playoffs Saturday in Honaker.

    See Wednesday's print edition for full coverage.

  • Late score sinks Blue Devils

    MAX MEADOWS –– Fort Chiswell drove 79 yards in less than two minutes, converting a third-and-26 along the way, and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 27 seconds left to squeak past Grayson County 32-28 Friday in a Western Section Division 2 second round game at C.F. McKinney Field.

    Grayson County, the No. 8 seed, sees its season end at 9-3, while top-seeded Fort Chiswell (11-1) advances to next week’s state quarterfinals against John Battle (11-1).