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Today's News

  • Governor announces 50 new jobs in Grayson County

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe made a special trip to Grayson County Monday, to make two important economic development announcements that will provide 50 additional jobs to the area.
    The Governor announced that Hansen Turbine, which operates a plant on Edmonds Road and manufactures coating spray applications for the aircraft and turbine parts coating industry, will invest $2.5 million to expand its plant in Grayson County, creating 25 new jobs.

  • Antique store, coffee shop to close in Galax

    After 21 years of operations, the Antique Apple and George's Cones and Coffee of downtown Galax are closing this Saturday.

    “We've been blessed,” said George Valdez, co-owner, with his wife Kathy, who are retiring and hope to sell the businesses.

    The antique and gift shop started out in the old Truitt Dress Shop building across the street before the business outgrew it. The Valdezes say they bought their second, current location from Barry Greene, executor of the Globman's company.

  • Carroll man charged with grocery robbery

    HENRY COUNTY — A Hillsville man has been charged with robbery after an incident at Read’s Grocery in Spencer on Aug. 10.

    According to a news release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, a white male entered the grocery that day at 4:30 p.m, and demanded that the clerk give him the money from the cash register.

  • Judy Bolt new Galax HR Director

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and SHANNON WATKINS

    Staff

  • Governor to make Grayson announcements

    INDEPENDENCE — Just weeks after Core Health & Fitness announced its purchase of the Nautilus plant in Independence and plans to more than double the workforce, it appears Grayson County is poised to receive more good news.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe is scheduled to be in Independence on Aug. 18 to make “two important economic development announcements,” according to the event invitation.

    The event is scheduled for noon at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence.

  • N.C. trio faces shoplifting, assault, drug charges

    Galax police charged three Surry County, N.C., residents on Aug. 12 after an altercation at Magic Mart that injured five store employees.

    Galax Police Officer Anne Toney was dispatched to Magic Mart on East Stuart Drive for a call regarding an alleged shoplifter, according to a news release from the police department. “Prior to her arrival, information was received that the suspects had physically assaulted Magic Mart employees and were attempting to escape.”

  • Grayson students to receive free laptops

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County will roll out its digital conversion this week, as the pilot program kicks off at four division schools.

    Speaking about the new initiative – which will put laptop computers in the hands of students in various grade levels throughout the county – Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant said everything is moving ahead as planned.

  • Bassett, Macy to appear on C-SPAN2 Sunday

    John Bassett, chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company in Galax, and author Beth Macy will appear on C-SPAN2 this Sunday night, Aug. 17, to discuss Macy’s book, “Factory Man.”

    The 90-minute show is part of the C-SPAN2 series “Booknotes” and will run from 10-11:30 p.m.

    The network sent cameras last week to a book discussion held at St Johns Episcopal Church in Roanoke, which featured Macy and Bassett, the book’s main subject. About 300 people attended the event.

  • Carroll fair begins Aug. 20

    HILLSVILLE – The annual Carroll County Agricultural Fair gets underway Aug. 20 and continues through Aug. 24 on the grounds of the Southwest Virginia Farmer’s Market in Hillsville.  
    Registration for exhibits will be Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. with judging to follow.
    The fair will provide a variety of events for the entire family.
    Brinkley Entertainment from Walnut Cove, N.C., will provide carnival rides and shows during the fair.

  • Galax sets hearing on proposed school site

    The Galax School Board on Aug. 12 voted to approve entering into a contract to purchase property on Kipling Lane, the proposed site for building a new elementary school.

    The board has spent several months planning the project and discussing the property purchase with Galax City Council and the city’s planning commission.