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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Khan-Con brings fans together

    The second annual Khan-Con last weekend was a destination for lovers of comics, sci-fi and fantasy movies, games and other genres of fandom; and offered a chance for attendees to be real-life heroes for a local boy suffering from a rare disease, Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy.

  • Child on bicycle hit by car

    An 11 year-old child was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in North Carolina, after being struck by a car while riding a bicycle on Meadow Creek Road Tuesday evening.
    According to a statement from State Trooper R.B. Phipps, officers and rescue personnel were dispatched to Meadow Creek Road, a mile and a half west of Davis Knob in Grayson County, at approximately 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Upon arrival, responders observed an accident involving the minor and a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, operated by Heather Sizemore, 25, of Galax.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Galax arrests include drugs, felony shoplifting

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, recent arrests included:

    • Nathan Joe Dowell, 36, of Independence, charged by Officer Chris Hines on Aug. 7 at 10:11 p.m. for felony possession of controlled substances and other unspecified charges.

    • Daniel Tyree Lester, 29, of Galax, arrested by Hines on Aug. 7 at 10:24 p.m. and charged with felony possession of controlled substances and misdemeanor possession/distribution of controlled substance paraphernalia.

  • Readers Hotline 8/17/16

    IRS scammers
    I want to know why the police can’t do something about these scamming phone calls [claiming they are] from the IRS, saying it is your last warning, they are going to come and get you and sue you when you know you don’t owe a dime to the IRS. I can’t understand. I called the police department. They said it was a scam. Why can’t they trace these people down? I’m going to have to get my phone taken out. I can’t handle it any longer. Just aggravation.

    See the truth

  • Hartig, Burress to be married

    Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hartig of Lewis Center, Ohio, announced the engagement of their daughter, Jackie, to Matthew Burress, son of Chuck and Karen Burress of Galax.

    The couple recently got engaged on a mountain overlooking the Tuscany region of Italy while they were on vacation.
    Hartig attended The Ohio State University for her undergraduate studies, and Burress is a graduate of Radford University.