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Today's News

  • Final push planned to keep center open

    The Southwestern Virginia Training Center is slated to close in June 2018, but those who want to save the mental health facility have not given up hope.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 8

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments against eight suspects have been opened and those charged have been arrested in Grayson County.

    A Grayson Circuit Court grand jury met Oct. 27 and handed down the indictments for drug violations and other charges. Some were sealed until arrest warrants could be served.

    The unsealed indictments included:

  • SWVA has most bridges, culverts in 'poor' condition

    Capital News Service

    It’s difficult to avoid driving over a bridge in Virginia, and motorists often don’t give them a second thought.

    Drivers are unaware that some of the structures they have come to trust are in a troubling state, especially in the southwestern part of the commonwealth.

  • Historic bell moved to new home in Fries

    FRIES — The Fries community’s daily bustle ground to a halt on Nov. 30, when the sight of the Fries Bell — a familiar town landmark — riding down the street in a parade-like fashion on the back of a tractor trailer piqued citizens’ curiosities.

    The familiar artifact was en route from the Fries Mill site to the spot where the town’s long-awaited Fries Depot project is planned.

  • Feds to sentence 21 on drug charges

    ABINGDON – Following a federal investigation, 21 defendants have entered guilty pleas related to the distribution of methamphetamine and firearms possession in Southwest Virginia and North Carolina.

    U.S. Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle said Tuesday that Operation Rolling Thunder — an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and local law enforcement — has resulted in the dismantling of a meth trafficking organization in the region.

  • Chapman indicted on murder charge

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A Roanoke woman was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder by a Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury that met Monday in Hillsville.

    Yashisca Dushawn Richardson Chapman, 39, allegedly stabbed Roland Eugene Clayton Jr., 51, of Roanoke, on June 22 at the Galax Motel.

    When Galax police arrived on the scene of the stabbing, Clayton was found on the floor in Room 11 with multiple stab wounds. Officers found three knives in the room, one of which was in Clayton’s chest.

  • Letters to Santa 2017

    Mrs. Handy’s First Grade Class

    Baywood Elementary School

     

    Dear Santa,

    I wut a soft bunny for Christmas. And I wut a dodeball for me to play at my hast. I wut to play with and blue and red ball to play at side in the yod.

    Love,

    Jazz

     

    Dear Santa,

    I wot a L.O.L. bab toy and a hachmowe balrene clos and a big puppy with a blue bow and black soph scin toy and a toy car. I wat it helowe city.

    Love,

    Rosalyn

     

    Dear Santa,

  • Tyson Ford's best day ever

    For one glorious day, the Galax Volunteer Fire Department had an extra firefighter at their side — 16-year-old Tyson Ford.

    Tyson, who has Down’s Syndrome, has been fascinated with firefighters since he was three, said his mom, Kyla.

    She and her husband, Steven, have been teaching Functional Fitness classes at the firehouse on Wednesday nights. The discipline is meant to incorporate moves the firefighters would naturally engage in as part of their jobs, and strengthen their ability to perform these actions.

  • Police link crashed car to burglaries

    Staff Report

    BAYWOOD — Two men were charged in connection with breaking and entering reports in the Baywood area of Grayson County last Wednesday, after authorities responded to a crash involving a car matching the suspect vehicle’s description.

  • Ministry moving out of Galax, expanding services

    As of Jan. 1, PUSH Ministries is moving from downtown Galax to Fairview in order to offset operating costs and make more room in its budget for helping others, according to Jill Burcham, the organization’s pastor and founder.

    Sitting at her desk near the front door of their current location, huddled near a space heater, Burcham said that while the owner of their spot on Main Street had been very generous in donating the space for several years, they were now going to start charging rent.