Today's News

  • Galax prepares for BBQ contest


  • 'Dream Season' for local hunters

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  • Animals For Adoption This Week


    These animals are waiting for homes at the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Regional Animal Shelter, at 201 Fair St. in Galax. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 1-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday. For more information,
    call 236-8501. Strays without collars are held five days before they are available for adoption. Strays with collars are held for 10 days. The owners of animals with tags are contacted immediately. Animals become available for adoption on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Sidewalk project finally approved

    HILLSVILLE — Just getting the approval to go ahead with the long-awaited Grayson Street sidewalk project seemed reason enough for town officials to celebrate.
    Town Manager Larry South seemed ready to kick off the sidewalk effort immediately when he announced last month that the Virginia Department of Transportation will allow the project to move forward.
    “So, we’ll go down there somewhere, Ann [Largin], near your house and christen the sidewalk,” he said to the chairwoman of the planning commission.

  • 99-year-old woman injured in crash


  • Galax considers mandatory connections

    Galax City Council is considering implementing a mandatory water connection ordinance.
    City Manager Keith Barker and Edwin Ward, city engineer, have been looking at the impact of a proposed such an ordinance. At this point, the fee structure supports the overall water/sewer operations based on the production and usage, according to a report at council’s June meeting.
    There have been inquires in the past from some larger users about reverting to wells, which would increase the incremental costs to the city and possibly drive the need for a water rate increase.



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  • Ivanhoe man convicted of rape


    HILLSVILLE — An Ivanhoe man, accused of taking advantage of a Mount Rogers Industrial and Developmental Center client in 2008, has been found guilty of two counts of rape in a Carroll County court.

  • Fireworks rescheduled

    Independence has rescheduled its fireworks for Saturday at 10 p.m.

    The show was cancelled Monday night due to weather.

  • Tractor-trailer wreck slows interstate traffic

    HILLSVILLE — Traffic had to slow down on Interstate 77 near the 12 mile marker Wednesday after 4 p.m. after a tractor-trailer overturned on an embankment there.Virginia State Police troopers responded to the scene of the a tractor pulling a double box trailer rig going off the south bound lanes to the right, up an incline and overturned.
    Trooper K.D. Blackburn identified the driver of the 2003 Mack as James Halbert Smith Jr., 53, of Iron Station, N.C.The trooper said that the driver made the statement that he lost control of the tractor-trailer in the rain.