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Today's News

  • Bobcats bring lengthy streak to Galax

    Who says non-district games in August aren’t that important?

    Galax will look to improve to 2-0 on the young season in what is shaping up to be a key early-season test Friday when the Maroon Tide hosts Radford in a meeting of former New River District foes.

  • Galax martial artist returns to competition on NBC show

    Hanging up fliers and decorating cars in red, white and blue, locals are cheering on 11-year-old Alexandra Pyles of Galax and her teammates, who will appear in the next round of competition on the NBC reality show “America’s Got Talent” tomorrow, Tuesday, when the show goes live in Los Angeles at 8 p.m.

    Alexandra left for Los Angeles on Aug. 19.

    She is receiving national and regional recognition. On Aug. 18, she was interviewed by the Winston-Salem Journal and WXII Channel 12 News in Winston-Salem, N.C.

  • Hearing was civil, respectful

    There was no running roughshod over speakers at Carroll County’s public hearing on proposed changes to the subdivision ordinance.

    Order prevailed in the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ meeting room Thursday, which has not always been the case there when strongly held opinions were being expressed.

    It’s been common in the past for public hearings to veer off into the weird and the pointless, and speakers disagreeing with proposals by unhelpful name calling.

  • Fries Fiddlers' Convention Winners

    The Fries Volunteer Fire Department recently announced the winners of the 42nd Annual Old Time Fiddlers’ and Bluegrass Convention, held Aug. 15-16.

    The best all-around performer, and winner of the Henry Whitter Award, was Billy W. Bourne of Fries.

    Winners include, first through fifth:

  • Art school on hold, but classes proceed

    Although Galax has not received authorization from USDA Rural Development to advertise for construction of the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, the school is rapidly growing. It now has a schedule of some available classes and the staff has been working on marketing and fundraising strategies.

    Galax City Council received a progress report from Chris Shackelford, director of the art school, at its Aug. 11 meeting.

  • School project may bring water access

    INDEPENDENCE — Residents of the Grant community in western Grayson County may soon have the option to hook up to a public water system — despite added cost to the county to install it.

    Grayson County Administrator Bill Ring approached the board of supervisors with information about how the county can provide water to the new Grayson Highlands School being built off Virginia 16.

    After talking with engineers, Ring said, the difference in cost of a private well or extending the lines may look large at first but actually is “almost a complete wash.”

  • River Of Music

    The Town of Fries, population 697, is the place where the country music industry really began. Located in a sheltered cove of the beautiful New River, tiny Fries had a major impact upon American music.

    Other places in Grayson and Carroll counties have a rich musical history, but Fries keeps its heritage alive in a picture-perfect setting — and those musical traditions thrive.

    In 1923, loom tender Henry Whitter, an employee of the old Washington Cotton Mill in Fries, became the first singer to record a country record.

  • Isom waives hearing

    HILLSVILLE — A 56-year-old Galax man charged with killing his brother waived his preliminary hearing in Carroll Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Monday.

    Eugene Isom had been charged by Carroll deputies with second-degree murder in the death of his 75-year-old brother, Robert, last November.

    Deputies were originally called out to 1196 Tower Road around 6:30 a.m., after a neighbor reported hearing gunshots, At that time, authorities believed that Robert Lee Isom, 75, was beaten to death.

  • Depot, other projects, advance in Fries

    FRIES — A project to rebuild the town's old railroad depot is picking up steam, an engineer told Fries Town Council members on Aug. 5.

    Jeff Cochran of Lane Engineering updated town council on some of the projects the company is working on for Fries.

    Cochran said a meeting will be held with the lead architect on the project and a committee comprised of town officials and citizens to make sure both sides agree to what they want at the site before the paperwork is sent to the Virginia Department of Transportation for approval.

  • Autism event makes for happy campers

    At an annual week-long autism camp hosted by faculty and students of the Radford University Autism Clinic at Southwest Virginia Training Center, 10 children ages 4-14 experienced camp life, met with friends and participated in activities with children sharing the common bond of a diagnosis of autism.

    The neurological disorder impacts communication and social interaction skills.