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Today's News

  • Hillsville plans Christian Family Fun Day

    HILLSVILLE — For the past two years, the Christian Family Fun Day (CFFD) event in Hillsville has provided a safe and fun environment where everyone is welcome.

    For some, the event — set to return for a third year on Sept. 20 — is a fun place to mingle with the community and enjoy the free games and entertainment. But for others, the experience is much more profound.

  • Tom Hanks, HBO making "Factory Man" miniseries

    UPDATED 9/18:

    It appears the best-selling book by Beth Macy about the life of Galax’s John Bassett in the furniture industry is headed for the TV screen.

    According to Deadline.com, an online magazine that covers the entertainment industry, The Playtone Company and HBO have bought broadcasting rights to “Factory Man,” and they intend to develop the book into a miniseries.

    The project lists Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman of Playtone as co-executive producers.

  • Man charged with assaulting officer

    UPDATED 9/18:

    Though there were reports of an active shooter inside a home just outside the Galax city limits Monday night, no shooter was found in an incident in which police said a responding Galax officer was assaulted.

    “911 took several hangup calls from a number,” said Galax Police Capt. James Cox. “Then, when they called one more time, the dispatcher couldn’t understand the caller.”

  • General Assembly reaches budget deal

    RICHMOND — Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe, Speaker Bill Howell, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Chris Jones, Senate Finance Co-Chairman Chuck Colgan and leaders from the General Assembly money committees announced they had reached a bipartisan agreement on how to tackle Virginia’s budget shortfall. The agreement will close $346 million this fiscal year and will address the $536 million gap for Fiscal Year (FY) 16.

  • Choir finds harmony among diverse denominations

    When it comes to harmony, the members of The Preacher’s Choir have it down pat. Not only do their voices harmonize during their many performances, but they see harmony as a way of life.

    The Preacher’s Choir is a group of Galax ministers from all denominations. It was organized about four years ago through Jerry Watson, a church layman with a dream.

    “Mr. Watson dreamed of seeing a group of ministers from various church backgrounds coming together to sing gospel songs in the area,” said Pastor D.G. Fox, the designated leader of the group.

  • Choir finds harmony among diverse denominations

    When it comes to harmony, the members of The Preacher’s Choir have it down pat. Not only do their voices harmonize during their many performances, but they see harmony as a way of life.

    The Preacher’s Choir is a group of Galax ministers from all denominations. It was organized about four years ago through Jerry Watson, a church layman with a dream.

    “Mr. Watson dreamed of seeing a group of ministers from various church backgrounds coming together to sing gospel songs in the area,” said Pastor D.G. Fox, the designated leader of the group.

  • Board delays purchase of new school site

    The Galax School Board on Sept. 9 tabled a decision to purchase a Kipling Lane property for the building of a new elementary school until the next meeting.

    This decision was made due to the city’s policy of a 30-day window for appeals following a zoning decision — in this case, city council’s approval the previous night of the school board’s conditional use permit for the property.

  • Grayson schools accredited, four with warning

    INDEPENDENCE – All seven of Grayson County’s schools were accredited for the 2013-14 school year – though four received warning in at least one subject.

    Grayson’s Director of Instruction and Assessment Stephen Cornett provided the school board with an update on the accreditation status during the board’s regular meeting last week.

    “All schools are accredited,” Cornett told the board. “Although some are with warning.”

  • Readers Hotline 9/15/14

    In agreement
    Hats off to John Kapp for the Sept. 8 guest editorial about the [proposed new school in Galax]. He hit the nails right on the head and I’m sure there are hundreds of people that agree with him. They should never have closed the Woodlawn School, much less talk about closing the Galax [elementary] school. My hat is off to you, John. Tell it like it is, because it is true.

    Put on armor

  • Memorials look back at 9/11

    HILLSVILLE — Thirteen years later, the nation is still haunted by the memories of Sept. 11, 2001.

    Most people who are asked can give an exact recollection of where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the attacks, and few have forgotten the terror, anger, sadness and loss that they felt when the images were forever seared into their memory.