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Today's News

  • Suspects charged with officer assault, escape attempt

    Staff Reports

    Galax police handled three recent cases involving the assault of an officer, an attempted escape from custody, illegal drugs and burglaries.

    On July 24, Arley Jason Simpkins, 29, of Galax, was arrested by Capt. James Cox on several charges, according to a police department report.

  • Audit finds more problems in clerk's office

    HILLSVILLE — A state audit of the Carroll County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office has discovered repeat findings of issues that could reportedly lead to lost revenues and assets, or compromise the clerk’s fiscal accountability.

    Last year, a two-year audit examining the months of Jan. 1, 2012 - Dec. 31, 2013, turned up more than a quarter of a million dollars in incorrectly classified, disbursed and miscoded funds.

  • Fiddlers flocking to Galax for weeklong festival

    Staff Reports

    Galax’s population will soar in the coming week, as thousands of fiddlin’ fans descend on the city. Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 80th Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention. The competition opens Monday night and lasts through Aug. 8.

    Most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers will show up Sunday to set up camp.

  • Stuffed with love: sewing group helps kids

    Mandy Archer and Grace Kirk are upstairs at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, merrily sorting through a scrap box, trying to place out squares, strips and odd-shaped pieces of cloth left over from previous projects for further use.

    “It’s my first night!” says Archer, picking through a handful of cloth. “I’m following Ms. Grace here, she’s my teacher.”

    Kirk explains, holding up an irregular but good-sized scrap, “The little bitty ones are trash, but [Penney Klaproth] told us not to throw the other ones away.”

  • Festival toasts area's best wine, craft beer

    Staff Reports

    The third annual Galax Rhythm, Brews & Vine Festival will be held on W. Grayson Street in downtown Galax on Saturday from 2-8 p.m.

    The festival will feature two bands, two vineyards and 18 breweries, and is sponsored by

    Blue Ridge Tire & Automotive, Creek Bottom Brewing, Galax Downtown Association, Macado’s and Chances Creek RV Center.

  • Elk Creek man charged in crash that injured troopers

    Staff Reports

    An Elk Creek man was charged in connection with a crash that injured two Virginia state troopers Tuesday on Interstate 81 in Pulaski County.

    At approximately 5:30 a.m., a tractor-trailer traveling north on I-81 became disabled and had to stop along the left shoulder and travel lane at mile marker 96.

  • Grayson grand jury issues indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Sparta, N.C., man was indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury last Friday on charges involving child pornography.

    Harrison Leland Edwards, 24, was indicted for soliciting a child through use of a communications system and soliciting or production child pornography.

  • Galax/Carroll relay raises $71,000

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County High School’s football field once again served as a battleground for a community intent on eliminating the threat of cancer.

    A total of 135 registered participants gathered for this year’s Galax-Carroll Relay for Life event last Saturday, where they raised more than $71,000 for the American Cancer Society, to assist in the ongoing search for a cure.

  • Chili 'shootout' aims to create a big bang

    HILLSVILLE — If meat-based cooking competitions and beer gardens make your mind immediately go to Galax’s barbecue contest, the Friends of Hillsville (FoH) might soon change your mind.

    They’re planning the very first Historic Hillsville’s Chili Shootout, a cookoff sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS).

  • Patsy Stoneman, mountain music pioneer, passes away

    Patsy Stoneman Murphy was born in Galax and ended up near Nashville, a life journey that almost mimics the evolution of the country music her father, Ernest V. “Pop” Stoneman helped to bring about.

    Normally, uttering the words “Patsy” and “country music” turns the average American’s mind to Patsy Cline, the pioneering female country singer out of Winchester, whose life was cut tragically short in a place crash at age 30.