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Today's News

  • Multiple injuries in U.S. 58 crash

    WOODLAWN — A two-vehicle collision injured four, with two removed by air transport, at 3:44 p.m. on July 9 at Faddis Hill on U.S. 58 in Woodlawn.

    According to Virginia State Trooper P.K. Cheek, a black 2003 Ford Expedition, driven by Dominique Reeves, 27, of Galax, pulled out of Glendale Road, making a left onto 58, and struck a red 1995 Dodge Dakota, driven by Thomas Sturdivant Jr., 37, of Woodlawn, traveling westbound on 58.

  • Van overturns at shopping center

    A two-vehicle accident resulted in one of them overturning on East Stuart Drive next to the upper entrance of the Galax Plaza Shopping Center parking lot on Tuesday, at around 4:30 p.m.

    A white 2010 Ford Transit Connect van driven by Robert Rosenbaum, 22, of Austinville, turned onto East Stuart Drive into the path of an oncoming tan 2003 Ford Taurus, driven by Ruth Turner, 88, of Woodlawn, who was heading west, said Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    According to Cox, Rosenbaum thought Turner was making a left into the lot, but this was not the case.

  • Readers Hotline 7/8/15

    Question of fairness
    A caller said was racism to say that you hate President Obama, but does that mean that it is not racism to say that you hate George Bush because he is not part of a protected minority? And, all this talk about the police officers being prosecuted for arresting blacks, where is the fairness in this country? If they arrest a black then the police are going to be prosecuted? I can understand why there are less people being arrested now.

    Friend and foe

  • Town names new events coordinator

    INDEPENDENCE — Dana Harrington has been named the Town of Independence’s new events coordinator.

    Harrington grew up in Comers Rock and attended Elk Creek Elementary and Independence High School. She has a dairy science degree from Virginia Tech.

    “This brings me full circle,” she said, upon noting that she now manages and lives on her family’s farm in Comers Rock.

    Harrington has managed livestock markets for 20 years. She owned a graphics company and has experience with photography, videography and freelance writing.

  • Man charged with shooting at neighbors

    PIPERS GAP — A Carroll County man was arrested July 5, following a domestic disturbance ending in gun play on Pipers Gap Road.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, deputies received a disturbance call on Sunday at approximately 8:30 p.m., in reference to shots being fired at Peartree Court in the Pipers Gap section of Carroll County.

  • Floating fowl fund firefighters

    Russian composer Pyotyr Illyich Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” is perhaps the best known ballet in the world.

    Fraught, passionate, and dark by turns, it stands as both a cautionary tale about the dangers of reckless love and a testament of the human spirit’s ability to elevate the mundane into the realm of art.

  • Public record for 7/8/15 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in October of 2014 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Teen found safe, sex offender apprehended

    SMYTH COUNTY — According to media reports, a 14-year-old Tennessee girl who had been missing and in the company of a convicted sex offender has been found by the U.S. Marshals Service.

    Hayleigh Wilson and Benjamin Shook were located in Smyth County on Tuesday morning. Earlier this week, police moved their search to Wythe County after sightings were reported there. They had previously abandoned their vehicle in Grayson County.

    Police said Wilson was unharmed, but doctors are examining her as a precaution.

  • GHS seniors helping their community

    Three more Galax High School students — now 2015 graduates — presented their senior projects to the Galax School board at its June meeting.

    Members of the graduating class undertook a variety of projects this year to help their community.

    Ann-Marie Coleman said that she discovered, through Hope House Director Tammy Harmon, that the homeless shelter was in ongoing need of supplies for the residents, including shampoo, conditioner, Germ-X and other personal hygiene items.

  • Readers Hotline 7/6/15

    So wrong
    For the president to say the ruling handed down on gay marriage is a victory for the American people is so wrong. It was a victory for a group of confused people — a group of people that he belongs to. Very confused. To light up their White House in rainbow colors was so embarrassing. I’m sure it was to many others. He does not represent the majority of Americans.

    Pulpit for politics