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Today's News

  • Leaf & String Festival is this weekend

    Originally created 15 years ago as a traditional music event, the Galax Leaf & String Festival has evolved into a showcase for the area’s music, art and culture.

    Bands will perform on Friday and Saturday in downtown Galax.

    This year, Leaf & String is hosting a Art and Craft Fair featuring members of ‘Round the Mountain, Virginia’s heritage craft trail. Chestnut Creek School of the Arts will be front and center promoting classes and activities for all ages.

  • Readers Hotline 6/10/15

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  • Carroll buys farmers' market

    HILLSVILLE — Following its economic success, the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market is now under the ownership of Carroll County.

    According to a deed that was discussed and approved by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors at the June 8 meeting, the county agreed to purchase the property from the state at a cost of $222,000.

  • Public record for 6/10/15

    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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in September of 2014 in the Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Haga seeks re-election as Grayson treasurer

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Treasurer Kelly Haga has announced his plan to run for re-election.

    Haga was first elected in 2013 and completed the second half of a term vacated by retired treasurer Fields Young Jr., who served as treasurer in Grayson County for 34 years.

    During his time in office, Haga said his goal has been to modernize operations and streamline office procedures by integrating the offices of county administrator, finance director, commissioner of revenue and treasurer.

  • Democrats pick Goad to run for court clerk

    HILLSVILLE — On June 1, Gerald Goad received the Democratic nomination for the Carroll County Clerk of the Circuit Court seat for the general election to be held on Nov. 3.

    “I am truly honored and blessed to receive your nomination to be the next Clerk of the Circuit Court for Carroll County,” Goad said after a unanimous vote was cast during the party’s caucus held in the Carroll County General District Courtroom.

  • Grayson appoints new school leaders

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board has hired an interim superintendent to serve the system until a new superintendent can be hired.

    Also at its monthly meeting on Monday, the board accepted the resignation of assistant superintendent Judy Greear, and then eliminated the position. Greear is the second central office resignation in recent weeks, after former superintendent Kevin Chalfant stepped down May 31.

    Last week, the board promoted elementary education supervisor Susie Funk to administrative supervisor for the school system.

  • Maroon Tide repeats as 1A West soccer champs

    WYTHEVILLE –– Galax continued its dominating run through the postseason and successfully defended its Region 1A West boys’ soccer championship Friday, blanking Radford 5-0 at George Wythe High School.

    Galax (18-1), which has allowed six goals in its last 14 matches, posted its fourth straight shutout and the seventh in its last eight games.

  • Grayson County breaks semifinal hex with 2-1 win

    DANVILLE –– Semifinal roadblock, begone.

  • Number 1 tops Number 1(a)

    BLACKSBURG –– After 21 matches, the Grayson County boys’ tennis team is undefeated. After 20 matches, Galax is undefeated against every team not named Grayson County.

    The Blue Devils kept their season record unblemished, reached a season goal and claimed the 1A/2A West Region team championship Thursday, and both teams move on to the state semifinals after Grayson’s 5-1 defeat of Galax on the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center’s outdoor courts at Virginia Tech.