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Today's News

  • Weight room dedicated in Carico's memory

    INDEPENDENCE — The August meeting of the Grayson County School Board included dedications to two former members of school administration, who were key in positively influencing the direction and growth of the school system.

    At the end of the meeting, the board recessed and reassembled at the Grayson County High School’s new weight room, for a special dedication to former school board member Tim “T.T.” Carico.

    Carico was elected to the school board this year. He died unexpectedly in July, from injuries sustained in an accident at his home.

  • Doug Brown lays down his spatula

    Copyright 2016, The Alleghany News. Reprinted with permission

    SPARTA, N.C. — After more than 45 years, Doug Brown is retiring from the restaurant business. “I’m laying my spatula down,” the owner of Brown’s Restaurant on Jones Street in Sparta, N.C., said.

    Thursday was the last day the restaurant known for home cooking was open to the public. The business has been sold to Darren Koontz, owner of The Pines, a restaurant name that has been part Brown’s own history, and is now located on North Main Street.

  • Readers Hotline 8/24/16

    Offer in the mail
    You hear all this stuff about a scam. I get a letter from Appalachian Power, but it’s from an independent company selling [home power surge insurance]… there is no way you can get a surge of power that I know of other than lightning and you have insurance to take care of this. I can’t believe that Appalachian Power has jumped on this thing along with this company. It says it is separate from the power company but the letter you get has a letterhead on it from Appalachian Power. I don’t know.

  • Readers Hotline 8/22/16

    Overlapping

  • Tide outmuscles Cavs

     HILLSVILLE –– It looked like a game. It walked like a game and talked like a game and even felt like a game. In the end, though, the Galax-Carroll County benefit game Friday at Tommy Thompson Field was still a scrimmage, and glorified or not, scrimmages are for learning.

    For that, both teams’ head coaches are probably grateful.

  • There’s no ‘I’ in ‘Relay’

    Relays are some of the more exciting events that running has to offer. There’s the all-out blur of the 4x100 sprint relay, the disciplined pace of the longer 4x800 and the grab bag format of the medley relay. And then there’s the lesser-heard-of 10-for-200.

    Miles, that is.

    A handful of area runners are gearing up for what will be the Galax Running Club’s second 200-mile relay of the year, this one the Raleigh-to-Atlantic Beach, N.C. Tuna Run 200.

  • Edwards plans to take dance conservatory to next stage

    Staff Report

    At the school where she trained to dance as a youth, Taylor Edwards is returning to Galax to serve as director of dance education at The Conservatory of Dance and Theatre.

    Edwards, who completed her training with the Galax Youth Ballet and The Conservatory of Dance and Theatre in 2010, will be expanding the recreation dance program; offering dance classes such as jazz, tap and modern; and also adding additional classes to the preschool and elementary age programs.

  • Driver injured in U.S. 58 crash

    Staff Reports

    A two-vehicle accident on Tuesday on Carrollton Pike at 3:45 p.m. left one driver with lower back injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper C.M. Delp.

    A white 2006 Acura 4-door, driven by Ludia Estrada, 39, of Galax, was attempting to cross U.S. 58 from Winterberry Road when she pulled out in front of a green 2004 Honda 4-door driven by Rebecca Bolt, 53, of Galax, who was headed west into the city. The Honda struck the Acura at an angle, and the subsequent accident sheared a median road sign off at its base.

  • Adams promoted to sergeant for Independence Police

    INDEPENDENCE — Members of the Independence Town Council gathered this month to celebrate Matthew Adams of the Independence Police Department and his recent promotion to sergeant.

    Council congratulated Adams, and the group celebrated with cake and punch before the start of council’s monthly town meeting. Police Chief James Wagoner presented Adams with his badge during the celebration.

  • Grant will pay for jobs, trade, upgrades

    INDEPENDENCE — Core Health and Fitness recently received a $309,000 grant from the Port of Virginia, which will assist in funding job additions, utilizing the port for importing and exporting, and moving forward with a capital project to improve the company’s distribution center in Independence.

    The Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Grant Program awards money to qualified companies as an incentive to locate new operations or expand existing operations in the Commonwealth, which in turn facilitates the growth of the port.