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Today's News

  • Road project won't affect town park, courthouse

    INDEPENDENCE — A project to widen Independence’s main intersection has been changed so that will little impact on the town’s park and no effect on the Historic 1908 Courthouse property.

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors invited Wytheville Residency Administrator Jeff Russell of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to the July board meeting to discuss plans for widening the road for trucks at the U.S. 58/21 intersection.

  • Amateur teams feel the heat at BBQ contest

    Every year at Smoke on the Mountain, Virginia’s State Barbecue Championship, the streets are taken over by professional competitors with big smokers, big kitchens and the money to maintain them, transport them and use them in the contest.

    The twin Memphis Barbecue Network (MBN) and Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) competitions, and the subsequent free samples that many teams set out after the judging is over, are major draws for the public. It’s an exciting clash of cooking methods, meats and personal pride.

    Then there are the little guys.

  • Wanted Carroll man surrenders to police

    A Carroll County native, who was wanted for attempted murder stemming from a shooting incident in Meadows of Dan, has turned himself in.

    Chet Craft Perdue, 22, is being held without bond in the Patrick County Jail.

    According to the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office, Perdue turned himself in around 2:30 a.m. on July 8.

    Perdue was charged with three felonies following a shooting that occurred on June 23 , according to Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith.

  • Andrews pleads guilty to federal charges

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON – A Carroll County business owner, who paid his employees in cash to avoid paying taxes to the Internal Revenue Service and later lied in a bankruptcy proceeding, pleaded guilty July 20 in federal court.

    Acting U.S. Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle said the case involved more than $1 million in cash.

    Jones Keith Andrews, 62, of Galax is the owner of the bankrupt Andrews Farming Inc. and the still operating ANDCO Logistics.

  • Galax schools change attendance policy

    Galax schools are fighting chronic absenteeism with a change in policy that will require written permission for each time a student misses school.

    The Galax School Board approved the policy at the June 13 meeting, after Galax Elementary School’s Assistant Principal Emily Boyles outlined some of the changes.

    “The policy will be in all student handbooks,” said Boyles. “Also, a copy of the new policy will be sent home or mailed to all families. There will be copy of the policy on the district website.”

  • Report: healthcare jobs offer good pay, satisfaction

    Landmark News Service

    Take a look at any “best jobs” report and you’ll notice the health field usually makes a good showing.

    Becoming a doctor can be costly and timely, but there are other health careers that don’t require such a hefty investment.

  • Suspicious activity call results in drug charges

    Staff Report

    A Mount Airy, N.C., man has been arrested on drug charges in Galax, after officers were dispatched to Glendale Road on July 13 to investigate the behavior of two males acting suspiciously.

    “As Officer John Reavis approached the pair, he observed them discard a parcel underneath a parked vehicle,” a police report said. “During a subsequent investigation, both men were arrested.”

  • Foundation receives $3.5M to use for healthcare grants

    Staff Reports

    The Twin County Community Foundation received a $3.5 million endowment in April, the second transfer of funds from the proceeds of the joint venture transaction between Twin County Regional Hospital and Duke LifePoint Healthcare on April 1, 2012.

    The money was presented to the foundation by the TCRH Inc. Legacy Board. TCRH Inc. continues as a not-for-profit organization that retains 20 percent ownership in the joint venture, and the Legacy Board represents the community’s voice in the healthcare venture.

  • Ministry offers 'Let's Talk' hotline for teens

    By ABBY BODNAR, Staff

    A new teen hotline called “Let’s Talk” is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for youth who need to talk about issues they are dealing with.

    Jill Burcham, the pastor and founder of Pray Until Something Happens (PUSH) Ministries in, recently started the hotline, which can be reached at (276) 233-7096.

    Burcham and Tammy Harmon, the director of the Galax HOPE House and close friend of Burcham’s, said they wanted to address issues for youth that were falling through the cracks.

  • Like a rolling stone, art school's rocks hit the road

    Has someone decided their rock garden needs a cool new look, or is Galax the starting point of a different kind of rock tour?

    Since around July 4, Chestnut Creek School of the Arts has been puzzling over that question.

    A series of stones, painted by children during local festivals that the school participated in, have been left out under a tree in front of the school over the past year or so.