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Today's News

  • Bank robbery suspect in custody

    The man accused of robbing First Citizens Bank branches in Galax and Roanoke in January and a SunTrust Bank in Bedford County this month is now behind bars.

    William Myrl Smitherman, 19, of Clemmons, N.C., was arrested last Thursday in Forsyth County, N.C., and is being held as a fugitive from justice.

    He was taken into custody by a Forsyth County deputy sheriff after a warrant charging Smitherman with robbery was obtained by Galax Police Detective J.B. Greer.

  • Stimulus funds sought for U.S. 58

    RICHMOND — Del. Ward Armstrong — like most states and localities — has an economic stimulus package wish list, and it includes completing improvements to U.S. 58 east from Hillsville to Stuart.

    That dovetails well with the desire of Carroll County officials for federal money to pay for "shovel-ready" infrastructure projects to create jobs.

  • Be Vigilant

    Most people just aren't equipped to think extraordinary dangers are present in their everyday lives, but firefighters are.

    When called upon they face down the flames, and these emergency responders know the importance of prevention and preparation.

    Some elements of prevention are so simple, so mundane, their great importance can easily slip a civilian's mind.

  • Letter to the Editor for 1/26/09

    Time to get things done in America

    2009 begins with a new president, new Congress and an alleged attitude of bipartisanship and a new way government does things.

    But, sad to say, the oddballs, the weak links and dumb butts of 2008 spill into the new year.

    President Obama proposed spending of some $825 billion dollars to jumpstart the economy. The GOP leadership balks.

  • Instructors drawn to Galax art school

    More than 80 artisans — some from as far as Raleigh, N.C. — attended the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts instructors' orientation meeting last week to learn the elements of becoming a professional instructor at the art school.

  • Galax holds off Auburn

    RINER –– With the divisional playoff setup in place for the second year, there is no way Division 1 Galax and D2 Auburn can meet in the postseason.

    It’s a shame. Because the two teams put on a tournament-quality performance Friday night.

  • Galax tightens budget

    Significant losses in this year's revenue has the City of Galax rethinking its expenditures for the 2008-2009 budget — including holding off on renovating the Galax Farmers' Market, obtaining a city street sweeper and moving forward with water and sewer projects.

    Meals tax revenue was down by 9.59 percent, dropping from $598,522 to this year's $541,098, according to the Nikki Shank, the city's director of finance.

  • Pop Quiz

    Today’s special guest is Drew McCraw, an all-Southwest District lineman for the Carroll County football team and the No. 2-ranked heavyweight wrestler in Group AA, behind Andrew Miller of Bassett. McCraw is a senior and is drawing serious recruiting interest in both sports. Though he is open to playing either sport in college, his main focus right now is of course wrestling and the upcoming district, region and state tournaments.

  • Big first half lifts Devils past Bears

    BLAND –– Grayson County took a 27-16 halftime lead and held on through the second half, claiming a 61-51 Mountain Empire District win Friday.

    Preston Bowen and Eric Harvey led the Blue Devils with 14 and 13 points, respectively, and Bubba Bowen added 11.

    Grayson County 13 14 10 24––61

    Bland County 5 11 10 25––51

    Grayson County (13-6, 3-2)

    Rutherford 9, P.Bowen 14, Eller 5, Harvey 13, B.Bowen 11, Blizzard 9.

    Bland County (5-12, 0-5)

  • Volvo slashes 650 jobs

    DUBLIN — Volvo North America Trucks has announced it is laying off 650 workers at its truck manufacturing plant near Dublin.

    The company will eliminate 40 percent of the plant’s remaining work force, beginning in March and effective by the end of April, according to an announcement issued Tuesday morning.

    “We are reducing our production capacity in alignment with declining demand,” spokesman Jim McNamara said. “These layoffs are considered permanent.”