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Today's News

  • Galax stonewalled in semis

    Galax’s 63-21 loss to Riverheads in the Group 1A state semifinals Saturday could be analyzed a thousand different ways.

  • Two injured in 3-vehicle crash in Woodlawn

    WOODLAWN – A man faces multiple charges, including driving under the influence, after a three-vehicle accident on Nov. 27. The wreck occurred on Airport Road in Carroll County.

    According to a report from Trooper C.M. Delp with the Virginia State Police, authorities were notified of a motor vehicle accident at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 27. The accident had taken place on Route 743 (Airport Road), about one-tenth of a mile north of Route 958 (Witts End Road) in Woodlawn.

  • Gift establishes scholarship for technical skills

    When Anne Vaughan of Galax had trouble finding a plumber and a bricklayer, she realized that the area needs a workforce trained in technical skills.

    She decided to do something about that, by donating $200,000 to Wytheville Community College for a new scholarship.

    Vaughan, widow of the late John Vaughan of Vaughan Furniture, presented the gift in a public announcement held at the Crossroads Institute last week.

  • Suspect captured, charged with abduction and robbery

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff's Office confirmed Thursday that the second suspect in an armed robbery and abduction has been located.

  • Improvement projects underway in Grayson schools

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Division School Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the school board at its Nov. 14 meeting that work is underway on the 2017-2018 school budget, and warned members to expect it to be “tight.”

    Wilmore said he was looking at ways to save money and to update school buildings.

  • Lewis heads to court for homicide, assault

    MARION — Two charges in the fatal hit-and-run death of a Fries woman and the vehicular injury of an Ivanhoe man have been continued by the Smyth County General District Court.

    John Randolph Lewis, 34, of Wytheville is charged in the first-degree murder of Heather Copeland Clontz, 35, and the malicious assault of Samuel D. Lawson. According to the court’s online database, Lewis will appear in court Dec. 8 for the assault charge and one charge of failure to stop for an accident.

  • Carroll recognizes students, teachers

    HILLSVILLE – Many special recognitions and accomplishments were praised at the November meeting of the Carroll County School Board. In addition to announcing the county’s finalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year, several other teachers and students were recognized and presented special projects they had done.

    An update was also provided on the AmeriCorps tutoring program in Carroll County schools. Tonyia Gibson, AmeriCorps Director, oversees 32 AmeriCorps tutors for Carroll County and 13 tutors in Floyd County.

  • Dog saved from burning building

    In an unexpected turn of events, man proved to be dog’s best friend in the course of a structure fire on Pipers Gap Road at 1:15 a.m. on Monday, when members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department rescued a dog from a burning outbuilding.

    Firefighters arrived on scene to find a 500-square-foot detached garage with fire blowing out of the front and left sides. Two hoses were pulled from an engine to put the fire out.

  • Galax Community Food Fund drive underway

    Staff Report

    It’s that time of year when the community comes together to give from the heart and pack and deliver boxes of blessings to folks less fortunate in our area.

    The Community Christmas Food Fund is underway, raising money for 550 families in need to receive two large boxes of staple foods that will help them through a difficult time of year.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department is facilitating this community project, but firefighters stress that it’s the community that actually makes the effort a reality.

  • Cecil Adams remembered for pride in hometown

    INDEPENDENCE — Cecil W. Adams, an Independence native and a former member of the Independence Town Council, died Nov. 12 at age 91.

    Adams served as a member of the town council multiple times throughout his life. He also served his country in the U.S. Army.

    As a citizen, Adams devoted countless hours of care and service to the town of Independence, in big and small ways.