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Today's News

  • Joy Ranch holds annual live Nativity

    Joy Ranch’s annual live Nativity on Dec. 13 was a well-crafted spectacle for the faithful.

    Set up in a drive-thru format, cars stopped at each tableau. The scenes featured a scribe who read the nativity passage from a scroll, shepherds watching their flocks, a choir of angels, wise men with camels, a robed traveler with a live donkey, a pair of Roman soldiers taking a census for Caesar, innkeepers with no room and the infant Jesus with his family, in a stable topped with a star.

  • City, counties receive enterprise zone status

    RICHMOND — Galax, Carroll and Grayson are part of a new regional enterprise zone, which will help with business recruitment and expansion through state grants and incentives.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently announced new and renewed Virginia Enterprise Zone (VEZ) designations, and the application from the city and counties was approved.

  • Tougher laws for senior drivers take effect Jan. 1

    Stricter driver’s license-renewal rules for older drivers go into effect in Virginia on Jan. 1, including accelerated renewal cycles and age-specific procedures for in-person renewals.

    The new law lowers the age for mandatory in-person license renewal to 75 from 80.

    Virginia drivers age 75 and older will no longer be eligible to renew their driver’s license electronically or by mail.

    Instead, they must apply in person for every renewal, beginning at age 75.

  • Letters to Santa 2014

    Ms. Brannock and Mrs. Davis’ Pre-K Class

    Oakland Elementary School

     

    Dear Santa, I need a new toy box because I am going to need it to put my presents in. I want a John Deer Tractor to play with, a new calendar because I didn’t have one. I think I would have a TV. in my bedroom because I don’t have one. I don’t leave anything for Santa but I want something else. I want a table to set my TV. on. 

    Love, Ian Hill

     

  • Bill would help terminal patients get experimental treatments

    When the Virginia General Assembly convenes in January, Sen. Bill Stanley plans to introduce a piece of healthcare legislation aimed at helping terminally ill patients.

    Stanley (R-20th District) represents the City of Galax and portions of Carroll County.

    Stanley’s SB732, seeks to expand access to experimental drugs and other devices to people who might otherwise not have the opportunity to utilize these treatments in order to prolong or save their lives.

  • Store donates to Community Kitchen

    The Hillsville Super Dollar donated $1,000 to God’s Storehouse and Community Kitchen on Dec. 19.

    Darren Phillips, district operations manager (also pastor at Galax Pentecostal Holiness Church), and Brandon Desmond, Hillsville Super Dollar store manager, met with the Kitchen’s Becky McLendon at its Rooftop of Virginia headquarters in Galax.

  • Diner to feed anyone in need Christmas Day

    The West Galax Diner will be open Christmas Day to serve a very special clientele, says owner Tina Dowling.

    “We just started [planning] this last Sunday, because a girl who helps out on Sundays came in,” says Dowling. “She was looking for somewhere to volunteer [for Christmas] and couldn’t find anybody having a Christmas dinner. So I said, ‘We’ll do it.’”

  • Patients falling into healthcare 'coverage gap'

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    The army of counselors who help people sign up online for insurance in the Affordable Care Act marketplace this open enrollment period face a range of reaction.

    The sessions usually end in gratitude — and sometimes insurance for someone who has been going without a safety net.

    But occasionally there’s frustration, even anger, from people who find the premiums and deductibles in the federal marketplace too much for their pocketbook.

  • Community comes together to help neighbors in need

    Santa’s elves are taller than you’d think: dozens of firefighters and citizen volunteers crowded into one of the Galax Fire Department’s bays to help pack Community Christmas Food Fund boxes for 550 needy local families on Dec. 18.

    Helpers of all ages loaded boxes onto a conveyor system, stocked the boxes with food and household items, kept them moving and stacked them when full. The boxes were delivered on Sunday.

  • Gladeville students make Christmas cards for soldiers

    This year, students at Gladeville Elementary School were given an important mission to spread holiday cheer to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who will likely not be home in time for the holidays.

    According to school counselor Judy Neal and art teacher Amy Jackson, who partnered for the project, around 70 Christmas cards were sent to a group of soldiers in an undisclosed location this year, thanking them for their service and wishing them a Merry Christmas.