Today's News

  • Fries Fiddlers' Convention Winners

    Organizers said the convention on Aug. 14-15 went well, with good weather and attendance. They thanked everyone involved, including sponsors and those in attendance who made the convention a success.

    Winners included:


    Old-time Fiddle

    1. Kali Taylor

    2. Timothy Hale

    3. Kitty Amaral

    4. Abby Hensley

    5. MacKenzie Maitland

    Bluegrass Fiddle

    1. Marlon Dean

    2. Laurel Brooke

    3. Sarah Bobbitt


    1. Adam McPeak

    2. Lula Furtado

  • GUITAR STAR: Henderson subject of film

    Wayne C. Henderson has a festival that bears his name each fall in Grayson County, and he is known throughout the musical world as a master musician and instrument maker from the small community of Rugby.

    This Thursday, Henderson will be able to add another accomplishment to his career when a documentary film showcasing him premieres at the Rex Theater in Galax.

    “From Wood to Singing Guitar” is an Appalshop documentary film showing Henderson, a skilled craftsman and respected musician by his teenage years.

  • Galax schools make the grade

    Galax City Public Schools is one of just 25 Virginia school divisions — out of more than 100 — in which all schools met the 29 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) performance benchmarks established by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

    Of these divisions, Galax was one of only 21 divisions in Virginia where all schools and the division as a whole made AYP for 2008-2009.

  • Boucher skeptical of 'government option' health care

    DUBLIN — Emotions ran high as about 1,200 people packed an auditorium at New River Community College on Tuesday to tell U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher why they opposed or supported the attempt to overhaul health care.

    Boucher, D-Abingdon, said he would not endorse or condemn any legislation during the three-hour town hall meeting, but he did offer insight into his thoughts on some key components of the latest proposals.

  • Waddell nurses allege unfair firing

    Melissa Reeves and Michelle Bateman say they didn't deserve to be fired from Waddell Nursing & Rehab after their allegations led to last month's arrests of two co-workers.

    Livia Crisan, 25, of Galax, and Sharon Walker, 39, of Fries, face criminal charges accusing them of taking pornographic and inappropriate pictures of residents with their camera phones without consent. They were terminated from Waddell as a result of an investigation.

    Reeves and Bateman had worked as certified nursing assistants at the Galax nursing home for more than two years.

  • Grayson extends line of credit

    INDEPENDENCE – For the second year in a row, Grayson County leaders were forced to borrow money after cash-flow challenges.

    Grayson County Administrator Jonathan Sweet told the board of supervisors during its regular meeting Aug. 13 that the first drawdown of $2 million was received the day before.

    Sweet told The Gazette that the county took out a Tax Revenue Anticipation Note with Carter Bank & Trust by way of competitive bid to assist the county with cash-flow deficiencies.

  • Grayson applies for enterprise zone

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson leaders are looking to work with the towns of Independence and Fries to seek acceptance into Virginia's Enterprise Zone Program.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet attended Independence town council's regular meeting Aug. 11 to talk about the program.

    Sweet said the program — which was established by the General Assembly in 1982 — is a partnership between state and local governments in which both parties seek to improve economic conditions within a targeted area of distress.

  • A cool idea for farmers

    HILLSVILLE — Newly installed equipment at the Southwest Virginia Farmers' Market may have a chilling effect on certain kinds of produce, but it can heat up some new markets for local farmers.

    A visitor standing on the grounds of the wholesale warehouse during the sweet corn harvest will see a couple forklifts zipping around, loading crates of the product onto conveyor belt that take it through a constant shower raining down from big white plastic pipes on the inside of a converted transfer truck bin.

  • Carroll fair offers fun for all

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Fair will once again feature fun for the whole family, but at a new venue — for the first time, the event will be held at the new fairgrounds at the Southwest Virginia Farmers' Market.

    The fair will display farming activities, games, a beauty pageant, music, food, amusements and much more.

    The fair schedule includes:

    • Wednesday — preview night with no admission charge.

  • Focus on Farming

    HILLSVILLE — Roanoke Times photographer Gene Dalton found few places better to focus for picturesque scenes than farms during his career.

    So Dalton, the now-retired Dugspur resident, considered it a pleasure to document farm life in Carroll County for a multimedia tribute to local farmers, which will be on display at the Carroll County Fair starting Thursday.

    A slide show featuring agricultural pursuits will be shown along with the exhibits in a bay of the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market's wholesale facility.