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Today's News

  • Virginia GOP cancels 'loyalty oath' for primary

    Landmark News Service

    State Republican Party leaders voted in Richmond on Saturday to ask the state to cancel a required party loyalty pledge in the March 1 GOP presidential primary.

    Roger Miles, a GOP state central committee member, said shortly after the unanimous voice vote that the party leaders are halting their plans because of “bad publicity.”

  • Marriage license denial bill advances

    Virginia Senate Bill 40, now dubbed the “Kim Davis Bill,” was passed on to the full Senate for consideration after being approved by an 8-6 vote in the Courts of Justice Committee.

    The bill in its current form would allow clerks of court in Virginia to refuse to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple on religious grounds. It’s nickname comes from a Kentucky court clerk who famously refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because it went against her religious beliefs.

  • APCo warns of scam

    Staff Report

    Customers of Appalachian Power in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee continue to be targets of scam artists.

    According to APCo, the latest scam instructs customers to make an immediate payment or have their service disconnected. Customers are ordered to purchase prepaid debit cards, such as a Vanilla or Green Dot, and call a toll-free number to provide the card information.

  • UHaul trailer comes loose, hits vehicle on I-77

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – Virginia State Police responded to an accident on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Friday morning, involving a pickup pulling a UHaul trailer and another vehicle.

    According to a report by Trooper S.M. Phillips, an accident occurred at 11:55 a.m. around the 13.7 mile-marker of the southbound lane on I-77 on Jan. 29.

  • Grayson boys upend Narrows

    NARROWS –– Grayson County picked up its second win in three games Tuesday night, controlling the middle two quarters to defeat Narrows 66-53 in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game.

    The Blue Devils outscored the Green Wave a combined 38-23 in the second and third periods to take a 51-37 lead into the fourth quarter.

    Bailey Hawkins hit three of Grayson’s six 3-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points, and Tyler Lundy provided 18 points.

    Chase Lawson scored 20 points to lead Narrows.

  • State Line wins tourney title

    GREENVILLE, S.C. –– The State Line Rush homeschool girls’ basketball team went 3-0 last week to claim the championship of the Bob Jones University Invitational, held on the BJU campus in Greenville.

    Facing Wood County Christian of Williamstown, W.Va. in the title game on Friday, freshman Audrey Clark came up huge with 27 points, including sinking 10-of-15 free throws, to lead the Rush to a 58-47 win.

  • Wrestlers prep for postseason

    INDEPENDENCE –– Galax went 2-0 and Grayson County split its two matches in a three-team wrestling match Wednesday at Grayson County as the high school season quickly approaches tournament time.

    The Blue Devils and Maroon Tide opened the evening, with Galax taking a 52-24 win. Grayson County claimed four of the six matches that were contested as Benji Pickney (103 pounds), Tanner Jackson (132), Ethan Jackson (138) and Will Lawrence (152) all recorded pins.

  • Maroon Tide sweeps Bears

    Galax’s girls’ basketball team had scored 20 and 22 points in its most recent two games, both of them losses. Tuesday, the Maroon Tide got that part of the problem straightened out before halftime.

    Galax jumped out to a 26-12 lead by intermission and cruised to a 43-27 win the first of two easy takes by Tide teams in a Mountain Empire District quad with Bland County.

    The Galax boys followed suit in the nightcap, similarly breaking away to a 31-12 halftime lead en route to their 48-27 cakewalk.

  • Vaughan-Bassett closes after tanks vandalized

    Vandalism on Tuesday night at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture in Galax led to a temporary closure, according to a statement released by company president Doug Bassett.

    Galax Police Capt. James Cox said that “several officers are following up on leads,” but declined to comment further.

    Cox estimated damages were around $100,000.

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