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Today's News

  • Tomorrow's talents take the stage

    The 79th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention opened Aug. 4 with youth competition, showcasing the best up-and-coming artists in bluegrass and old-time music.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/6/14

    Harassing orangutans
    We had to pay the Indian people for taking their property. I think the people in the rain forest taking the orangutans’ land where they won’t have any place to go, need to pay big-time, too, or made completely to stop harassing the orangutan animals.  

    Seats for Grayson

  • Ramey, Adams to marry

    Melissa Mullins of Galax announces the engagement of her daughter, Alisha Ramey, to Mark Adams Jr. of Galax.

    Ramey is a graduate of George Wythe High School and attends Bluefield College.
    Adams was graduated from Galax High School and is employed with Hill’s Trucking Co.
    A September wedding is planned.

  • Public record for 8/6/14 edition

    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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in February in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Moped driver killed in U.S. 52 wreck

    HILLSVILLE — A moped driver was killed in a collision with a logging truck on U.S. 52 today, according to police at the accident scene.

    Virginia State Police identified the victim as Aubrey Lee Matney of Hillsville.

    According to Virginia State Police Senior Trooper R.B. Phipps, Matney was driving a moped south on 52 — south of Hillsville, near Sunnyside — in the far right lane.

    The log truck, operated by Andrew Belford Lawson of Hillsville, was following the moped, and attempted to go around him.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/4/14

    Spiffing up
    I was pleased to see the Galax Beautification Committee has re-organized. I have a suggestion for the group. Many years ago, dogwood trees were planted in the center of the four-lane from Fries Road to the city limits at the caution light. They did not survive. However, it would look very nice if the Bartlett Pear trees were planted like the ones that are growing from Country Club Lane to McDonald’s. Also, if you enter town from Route 89 side, it is unattractive. It would be nice if improvements could be made to the south side of town.

  • 'Mud bog' a success, seeks long-term permit

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Planning Commission has approved a long-term special use permit to allow year-round commercial recreation events on the property of James Carico, near 206 Cattle Drive in Fries.

    After the property hosted a “Mudder’s Day Mud Bog Festival” that attracted more than 500 attendees in May, event organizer and zoning applicant Crystal Leonard contacted the commission about obtaining the permit so that the location could host future activities and festivals.

  • Stoneman indicted for wounding officer

    WYTHEVILLE — A local man who was sought earlier this year in connection with the malicious wounding of a Wythe County deputy was indicted by a grand jury on July 21 in Wythe County Circuit Court.

    Cheston Stoneman, 32, of Hillsville, was apprehended by police on May 7, at a residence off of Joy Ranch Road. He was arrested on warrants from Wythe County for the malicious wounding of Deputy Zach Puckett on April 27. He was also served with warrants from Carroll County for probation violations for six previous felony convictions.

  • Fiddlers' convention registration drops by 141

    Registration for the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention is down by 141 contestants from 2013, one of the largest drops in the past four years.

    Registration numbers had been declining slowly but steadily for the past three years, after topping out at 2,004 contestants for the event’s 75 anniversary in 2010. This year’s total is 1,675.

    The registration figures were released by the Galax Moose Lodge #733, organizers of the 79-year-old event, the world’s largest gathering of bluegrass and old-time fans and musicians.

  • Galax, Independence plan 'National Night Out'

    National Night Out, celebrated across America — and even on some U.S. military bases on foreign soil — is coming to Galax again on Aug. 5.

    “National Night Out started by bringing law enforcement and the community together against crime,” said Galax Police Capt. James Cox. “It gets the public out and lets them know who their public safety officials are. It’s a meet and greet.”